My meat CSA arrived on Tuesday! My 10lbs consisted of ground beef, ground veal, fresh ham steak, pork shoulder ribs, bacon, and breakfast sausage. I also ordered some additional sweet Italian sausage.
I made hamburgers with some of the ground beef tonight. I simply shaped the meat in to 1/3 lb patties and seasoned with salt and pepper. I got my pan smoking hot and searing it on both sides for 4 minutes for a perfect medium rare burger.
It was a delicious burger, although to be honest, I don't know how much more the CSA beef contributed to it. After all, with a Hi-Rise hamburger bun (they are excellent, you must try them for your next BBQ) good quality cheese (Russo's) and bacon (Niman Ranch) it's hard to go wrong. I think I'll have a better sense of the meat when I try of more of it. I'll keep you posted.
On a side note, with CSA came a newsletter from the owner of the farm. He mentioned about an article in the New Yorker by Bill Buford (Author of Heat, a good food read) which talked about how important it is to know the first name of the person you buy your meat from. I think it's kinda neat I shook the hand of the person who raised the animals my meat came from.