Oxtail is the cut for slow cooking. The very word “oxtail” seems to always be followed by the word “stew.” It’s a classic in cuisines around the world, including Italian and Korean.
This cut is the last word in nose-to-tail eating. It’s literally the tail of cattle.
Full of the sort of flavor that you expect in the off cuts, oxtail offers marrow, and plenty of gelatin as a bonus.
Once the cut of beef that poor folks could afford, now gourmands have made oxtail more desirable. You can even find it in white tablecloth restaurants.
Expect thick stews, flavorful stocks and soups, and tender braises with this cut. It’s the mark of a serious cook to undertake this one, mostly because of the long cooking time. But it will be worth it in the end.
Just the facts
- 100% natural beef from Angus cattle
- No growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics
- Raised on pasture
- 100% vegetarian diet of barley, corn and hay
- Equivalent to Choice-Plus graded beef
- Wet aged a minimum of 21 days
- Ships in an uncooked state
- Product of USA
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
Just imagine if you could raise a steer from birth on the grass in your own back yard, and then feed it locally-grown alfalfa hay, barley and corn for a few months. You could guarantee it never got any animal by-products in the feed, nor any hormones or antibiotics. Well, that’s exactly what our ranchers do –but in a 10,000-acre backyard in the Northwest.
This group of conscientious cattle ranchers formed a cooperative to focus on humane care for the animals, and the highest quality finished product.
Their Black Angus cattle range over pasture land for most of their lives, and are then rounded up and fed a supplement of alfalfa hay, barley and corn for a few months in a spacious, dry, low-stress feeding facility, before processing (usually at about 2 years of age). The 100% vegetarian feed is supplemented with vitamin E and A which helps strengthen natural immunities.
To the ranchers, humane treatment is of paramount importance, so every care is taken, even in transporting the cattle short distances. They know exactly where each animal comes from, and can track them from birth to processing, all of which takes place in the great Northwest. Each animal comes with an affidavit that proves that the rancher followed the strict natural protocols of the cooperative.