The meat itself was fine so I don't like rating it as "negative quality" but the amount of fat was unacceptable. The meat was swimming in fat in the pan.
After moving the meat to paper towels, I poured the fat that was left in the pan into a measuring cup. There was more than 1/4 cup of fat rendered from one pound of ground beef.
For comparison, I paid extra attention when I later cooked up a 2-lb package of ground beef from Miller's farm. There was no accumulated fat in the pan, just a slight slick to the bottom of the pan. Night and day difference.
Now I've had the stew beef. Loosely followed the recipe that was provided. Again, I carefully trimmed the meat although there wasn't much to trim. Didn't flour the meat, just sauteed it in the Instant Pot, then added tomato paste and water I had used to steam carrots the other day (not even stock, just carrot water). Salt, pepper, thyme. It was excellent. Would skip the carrots in the recipe next time because the IP made them mushy. But will definitely make the beef this wasy again. In fact, I've already ordered more stew beef and more pork chops.
I've only had the pork chops so far. I trimmed all the fat off because my current eating plan restricts fat. To my delight, even after trimming off the fat and bone, these cooked up juicy and delicious. Wish I could post this under the pork chop listing but since I bought it as part of the bundle, I can only post here. Hopefully I'll be able to edit and add to this as I eat the rest of the meat in the bundle.
It's great that I have found access to raw milk from grassfed Jersey cows! Thanks to the buying club for being able to deliver it - it's inconvenient to look it at the farmer's markets that happen during the day when I am at work!
Bacon was great, but had two issues with it: 1. neither description nor ingredient statement stated that this bacon was smoked (it would be nice to know what type of smoke/process was used); 2. the bacon mostly consisted of fat