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Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:39 pm
by Stocker Steve
Grilled up about 8 pounds of meat for lunch today. No one even touched the white meat so that went into the fridge. I focused on a taste test between a 40 month old simi-angus cow and a 24 month old Jersey steer:
- Jersey steaks looked a little fatty before they went on the grill, but they were outstanding eating! Great flavor and very tender. Simi-angus steaks were not even close.
- Jersey burger was different from what we are used to. Finer texture and more mild. Almost like there was some pork in it... :nod: Simi-angus cow burger is still my favorite.

So we have a tie at this point. Roasts are next. Would you cook or grill Jersey beef differently than a CAB crossbred?

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:56 am
by BrandX
i dont tink so for taste test. you want an apples to apple comparison. i think the cooking methods need to be similar. we eat jersey too.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:46 am
by J&D Cattle
We've eaten Jersey beef for close to 10 years. Definitely my favorite all the way around. Dad sells 10-12 fed out a year with great reviews.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:49 am
by shaz
Stocker Steve wrote:Grilled up about 8 pounds of meat for lunch today. No one even touched the white meat so that went into the fridge. I focused on a taste test between a 40 month old simi-angus cow and a 24 month old Jersey steer:
- Jersey steaks looked a little fatty before they went on the grill, but they were outstanding eating! Great flavor and very tender. Simi-angus steaks were not even close.
- Jersey burger was different from what we are used to. Finer texture and more mild. Almost like there was some pork in it... :nod: Simi-angus cow burger is still my favorite.

So we have a tie at this point. Roasts are next. Would you cook or grill Jersey beef differently than a CAB crossbred?


Is that a fair comparison? 40 month old vs 24? I've heard Jersey was the best out there but never tried it.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:10 am
by ez14.
shaz wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:Grilled up about 8 pounds of meat for lunch today. No one even touched the white meat so that went into the fridge. I focused on a taste test between a 40 month old simi-angus cow and a 24 month old Jersey steer:
- Jersey steaks looked a little fatty before they went on the grill, but they were outstanding eating! Great flavor and very tender. Simi-angus steaks were not even close.
- Jersey burger was different from what we are used to. Finer texture and more mild. Almost like there was some pork in it... :nod: Simi-angus cow burger is still my favorite.

So we have a tie at this point. Roasts are next. Would you cook or grill Jersey beef differently than a CAB crossbred?


Is that a fair comparison? 40 month old vs 24? I've heard Jersey was the best out there but never tried it.
thats what i was thinking :nod:

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:53 am
by TexasBred
BrandX wrote:i dont tink so for taste test. you want an apples to apple comparison. i think the cooking methods need to be similar. we eat jersey too.

Wouldn't hurt for the Xbrand to be just a tad younger too.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:25 pm
by Son of Butch
From surveys of restaurant customers... steak tenderness was more than twice as important than flavor when rating the
overall customer satisfaction of their dining experience.

All beef tastes great or can be flavored to taste great, but a tough steak ruins the entire meal.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:25 pm
by shaz
Son of Butch wrote:From surveys of restaurant customers... steak tenderness was more than twice as important than flavor when rating the
overall customer satisfaction of their dining experience.

All beef tastes great or can be flavored to taste great, but a tough steak ruins the entire meal.


Just for reference - The last steer I finished was Balancer X Angus and all the meat has been tough so far. Steer was around 21 months old. Never had a toughness issue before.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:29 pm
by Stocker Steve
shaz wrote: Is that a fair comparison? 40 month old vs 24? I've heard Jersey was the best out there but never tried it.


Life is not fair.
My guess is young animals don't make the best burger.
I suppose for a cow to cow burger battle we could buy some Jersey dairy cow culls and try to get them fat. :idea:
Packers don't like 900# cows so they sell for about $480.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:39 pm
by Son of Butch
Stocker Steve wrote:Life is not fair.
I suppose for cow to cow burger battle we could buy some Jersey dairy cow culls and try to get them fat.

Why?
Would you pay extra for fatty hamburger vs lean? or Do you prefer fatty hamburger? :)

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:08 pm
by Stocker Steve
Son of Butch wrote:Do you prefer fatty hamburger? :)


Yes.
Saves on charcoal.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:31 pm
by Son of Butch
Stocker Steve wrote:
Son of Butch wrote:Do you prefer fatty hamburger? :)

Yes.
Saves on charcoal.

All righty then. :)
Your tie breaker should be $ value... so sell the one that brings in the most $ to you and eat the other one.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:49 am
by crop hail
When I was a kid, dad always had a jersey nurse cow ( to graft orphan calves to) and we always butchered her calf. So there was always one of hers in the freezer, one on feed and one nursing her. Mind you the calves weren't straight jersey, they were half jersey, half whatever bull dad had free at the time for her to breed usually angus or Simmental. The beef was always excellent. Jersey beef has a little different kind of fat and is a little sweeter tasting. As stated above we sold what was more valuable and ate what wasn't.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:36 pm
by TexasBred
I never had a clue what meat we were eating while growing up. Most was hamburger and I'm sure the other was some sort of roast. Really don't remember having steak.

Re: Jersey Beef Taste Test ?

Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 7:32 am
by WalnutCrest
shaz wrote:
Son of Butch wrote:From surveys of restaurant customers... steak tenderness was more than twice as important than flavor when rating the
overall customer satisfaction of their dining experience.

All beef tastes great or can be flavored to taste great, but a tough steak ruins the entire meal.


Just for reference - The last steer I finished was Balancer X Angus and all the meat has been tough so far. Steer was around 21 months old. Never had a toughness issue before.


This is a common problem in the world of straight bred Gelbvieh breeders. And if it's a problem for (some of) them, then it'd become a problem for about half as many of the Balancer breeders.

This is one reason we send DNA to up to three different labs before using any bull (AI or live cover).