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It Has Been Redeemed

May 21, 2011

Those were the words my husband used to describe supper the other night.  I have had a love/hate relationship with roasts.  I loved when my grandmother or my mom would make a roast, but I hated it when I would make a roast.  In the 13 years I have been married I have made a roast probably 4 times – all of them in the crockpot which I have probably used only 9 times since receiving it as a wedding gift 13 years ago.  And every time I have made a roast it has been awful! Dry, tasteless and awful!

Recently, I’ve purchased beef from a somewhat local farmer.  When you buy meat from the grocery store, you have no idea where it comes from.  Now, when I buy meat, I know where it comes from.  The beef I buy comes from a farm in Mt. Gilead which is really close to where our first church which was in Albemarle, NC.  This beef is grass-fed and grass-finished.  No grain whatsoever, which makes it really really good for you.  You can read here about all the benefits of grass-fed meat and all the bad stuff about what you buy in the grocery store.

Anyways, my first purchase of beef came with 2 roasts.  You cook grass-fed meat differently and the instructions that came with it said don’t do it in a crock-pot because most crock-pots cook too hot, even on low.  They said a dutch oven would work best, which I didn’t have, so I tried a recipe meant for a dutch oven & put it in a glass dish covered with foil.  And….as the pessimist in me suspected, it was awful!  So naturally on my next order of beef I asked for fewer roasts and more other cuts…just until I was able to grasp the art of roast cooking. I ended up getting this dutch oven and waited a sufficient amount of time before attempting it again.

That brings us to Thursday.  Thursday will go down as a day in history in my cooking skills.  I found this recipe and gave it a try and it was….AMAZING!  That is when my husband made the statement, “You have redeemed the roast”.  So…if you’ve never made a roast before…try this and be amazed!

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