I was asked if I’d like to review some steaks from Keevil & Keevil. How could I refuse?! I love steak, good steak that is. I never buy steak from the supermarket, I’d rather go without. It’s never good quality plus I like to support my local butchers. The steak I was sent however was Australian grass fed steak. How would it compare to the best of British?
Keevil & Keevil are the oldest butchers in Smithfield Market, London and they’ve just started selling their Australian grass fed beef online. They sell lots of other great beef too as well as ostrich and alligator. Their grass diet gives the meat a wonderful rich flavour. The ranches of Australia are absolutely huge – I met a rancher girl whose parents owned A MILLION ACRES ones. To put that into perspective, my parents have 450 acres of land and that’s a medium sized farm! What I’m trying to say is, with all that space down under, the cows have plenty of space to feed and to move around and work the muscles. Without space confinement, this makes the cows happy and gives us better meat.
Once Daisy’s been despatched, the cow is dry-aged for 10-14 days. Dry-aging is where the cow is hung in near-freezing temperatures and allows the flavour to develop and become concentrated. This can also help tenderise the meat. After this, the meat is then vacuum-packed and sent over here which takes about 6 weeks. This is called wet-aging.
I was sent rib-eye, sirloin, rump and fillet steaks to review. My mother always told me “look for dark meat, it’s a sign that it’s been hung well and good quality meat has the fat marbled throughout”. Well, Keevil & Keevil steaks ticked both of these boxes. Last Friday, I cooked the rib-eyes and they were beautifully moist steaks and indeed, full of meaty flavour that didn’t require me having to slather pepper sauce all over them. Absolutely delicious and honestly some of the nicest steaks I’ve ever eaten. We’re saving the others in the freezer but I don’t doubt that they will coming out shortly!
You can order steaks and many other meats from Keevil & Keevil’s online shop.