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RVB announces 10% off all orders placed by February 28, 2011.

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Cooking the Perfect Roast

Happy New Year!!

Well, 2011 is finally here and as our house settles down and we prepare to get back into our “normal” routine, I was reflecting back on the past two weeks of celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and friends.  We were able to see both sides of the family, have cousins come and stay with our kids for a couple of days, and even enjoyed a last minute visit from my best friend and his family from out of town.  What fun…

Of course, we also had some great meals.  One of the discussion topics at these meals was Ralston Valley Beef and how our business is going, etc…  But what struck me was a comment I heard more than once – “I’d love to cook a nice beef roast for the holidays, but how do you go about doing it?”  It’s apparent that a lot of younger people are new to cooking roasts – or at least just haven’t had much experience cooking them.

We cook roasts two ways at our house.  One, is in the slow cooker.  There’s nothing easier than putting a roast in the cooker, add vegetables, some seasonings, some water or beef broth, and let it cook all day.  The house smells absolutely wonderful when I come inside after working (especially when it’s cold outside) – my mouth waters and I can hardly wait to wash my hands and sit down at the table for dinner!

The other way we cook roasts is in the oven.  In fact, just this Christmas Eve we enjoyed an oven-cooked Ralston Valley Beef Prime Rib Roast.  After early evening church, we came home and slid the sea salt, garlic, and herb rubbed roast (placed on a rack inside a roasting pan) into the oven.  It didn’t take long for smell of roast beef to fill the house.  Kim served it with the fluffiest mashed potatoes (one of her best dishes) and crisp green beens and salad…mmmmm!!

To help people learn to cook roasts, we’ve included a Roasting Guidelines chart on the Ralston Valley Beef  Recipes page, under Important Downloads.  This chart outlines the different types of beef roasts and the recommended cooking temperatures and times for the preferred doneness.  It’s a great chart – hope you find it as useful as we do!

You might also want to watch the short video below.  It describes four common types of roasts and highlights each step from preparation through slicing/serving.  Helpful for those of us who are visual learners!

Ralston Valley Beef also has a number of recipes on our web site for various types of roasts, so be sure to check them out as well.

With all the talk these holidays about roasts, I’m curious to hear what your experiences are cooking them, and I’d like to learn any tips that you have.  So, leave a comment and share your thoughts and ideas…

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Our First Post!

We are finally up and running with our new blog. Come back often to get constant updates on both ranches, find special deals on sales, and discover new recipes directly from our kitchen!

We hope you will enjoy our blog and look forward to feedback from the community.

Thank you,

~ Ralston Valley Beef ~

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