Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose Carrisito Ranch?
Some say we're OLD FASHIONED - maybe we are, but we believe in providing quality meats - without antibiotics, hormones, or chemicals. We're doing things much the same way as our family always has. We're family owned and operated and have been for four generations. We believe in ethical ranching and in being stewards to the land. We believe if we take care of the land and our livestock, they will take care of us. We so thankful for all that God has blessed us with and extremely excited to bring BEEF & PORK from Our Ranch To Your Table !
Do you provide Grain Finished & Grass Finished Options?
YES! All of our BEEF and PORK is born and raised with plenty of space to roam at our ranch in Santa Ysabel. We do offer both grass finished and grain finished BEEF. Our grain finished Beef is finished with ALL NATURAL grain at the Ranch. We also offer 100% pasture raised and pasture finished Beef.
What is Dry Aged?
All of our BEEF is dry aged. For one thing, this means that all of the water waste is taken from the beef. You will find that our hamburger patties stay larger in your frying pan than may store purchased options. Thus you get more for your money per pound. We also dry-age the entire beef for 20-28 days. This is longer than large packers. Dry again adds flavor and tenderness to all cuts of our beef. YES our ground beef is also DRY AGED!
Does Dry Aged BEEF Smell Different Than Fresh BEEF?
Dry aged BEEF does does have a different smell than fresh meat. Many describe its smell as "earthy". It’s not a bad smell! It does not have the "iron" smell that fresh meat has (due to the fact that its dry aged it has less blood present in the meat). It has a characteristic musky aroma. This is perfectly normal, and is in fact to be expected of properly dry aged meat.
Does Vacuum Sealed Beef Smell Differently?
Vacuumed sealed meat may smell "stronger" at first. All the oxygen is taken out of the package and the meat is suffocated. When you first open the vacuum sealed package it may have a "strong" smell, but that will soon go away as the meat is able to "breath". How you defrost the beef will also affect this initial smell. Defrosting in the refrigerator or under cool running water is recommended.
There are no added dyes or chemicals to hold the color of our BEEF, therefore our beef will not be as bright red as meat that is dyed. Today most meat consumers see is dyed with red dye. Also if your beef is vacuum sealed this will also affect the color. All the oxygen is taken out of the package and the meat is suffocated - this results in the meat having a "dull" appearance right when the vacuum sealed bag is opened. Meat that is inside vacuum-sealed packaging turns brownish because it is deprived of oxygen. This will soon go away as the meat is able to "breath". Once the vacuum seal is opened and the meat is exposed to oxygen again, the meat will "bloom", returning to red within 10 to 15 minutes. Check out our blog post for more info on color dye!
Are you organic?
We are not ‘certified’ organic. However, our BEEF is All Natural and Hormone Free in every way. We have been raising beef in the same manner for four generations. We are happy to answer any questions that you have. Becoming certified organic is costly and time consuming. We would rather communicate directly with out customers. We know that our tradition and reputation can being more piece of mind for your all natural LOCAL source of meats than any sticker on a package could. We want to avoid any extra red tape and extra cost to our consumer - that is not actually providing any real tangible benefit to our consumer. Our goal is to bring meat from our Ranch to Your Table in the most cost effective and natural way possible.
Our family consumes the same exact meat you are purchasing. We only want to eat the best and most natural beef and pork as well so rest assured it is completely ALL NATURAL.
Is your BEEF & PORK meat antibiotic free?
ABSOLUTELY - one of the benefits of pasture raised beef here in Sunny Southern California is few sick animals. If we do have an animal that needs antibiotics in live saving situations then we do of course care for them. However, these animals are then never used for our beef or pork production.
Is your BEEF & PORK meat hormone Free?
We never use growth hormones or added hormones of any kind EVER.
What is the best way to defrost my meat?
It is recommended to thaw meat in the refrigerator. Or if your meat is vacuum sealed you can also thaw it under cool running water.
If Shipped Will My Meat Arrive Frozen?
Your meat should arrive refrigerator cold—below 40°F as measured with a food thermometer. Your meats could arrive partly frozen (solid) or frozen and can be placed in the freezer for later use. We recommend checking the internal temperature of any meat that isn't solid and immediately discarding anything that isn't at a safe temperature. In accordance with USDA Freezing and Food Safety Guidelines, meats that are refrigerator cold, partly frozen (solid), or frozen can be placed into the freezer for later use. You should immediately discard any meat that’s above 40°F or meat that is exactly 40°F that may have been so for more than 2 hours. If any of your items don’t meet these guidelines, please contact us so we can make this right.
There are two questions to ask:
Is the meat still Frozen?
If the answer is YES then defrost and cook as normal OR place in the freezer for future use.
If the answer is NO then move to question two.
Is it cold to the touch AND below 40°F ?
If the answer is YES then refrigerate and cook as normal OR refreeze for future use.
If the answer is NO then discard and contact customer service.
According the the USDA, the safe zone for raw meat is below 40°F.
Can we visit the Ranch? Do you offer tours?
Unfortunately we do not offer tours. We are a working cattle ranch and ENTIRELY family run. Our family of four cares for our entire heard as well s the upkeep of the Ranch - so we are extremely busy tending to our livestock and providing a great source of natural protein for our customers. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate any tours. However our cattle can be seen from Highway 79.
What Does Carrisito Mean?
"Carrisito" means "Pleasant Place" in Swiss-Italian.
Why So Many Brands?
Cattle brands are very symbolic in western culture and each has a story and a legacy attached to it. Call us sentimental.