These are the top questions we receive about our Products, Practices and Principles. If you don’t find the answer to your question, or want to learn a little more, please get in touch!
Where is your ranch?
Teton Waters Ranch is in Teton Valley, Idaho. Rehabilitating the land through grassland management and cattle grazing is where we discovered our passion for grass-fed and grass-finished beef.
What is Certified Humane?
Certified Humane® is a program of Humane Farm Animal Care (“HFAC”), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve animal welfare. It’s widely known as the “gold standard” of farm animal care certification.
Our 100% grass-fed ranches all meet all HFAC’s rigorous standards and regularly pass their thorough inspection processes. In fact, we try to do even better than their standards!
Does all your beef come from Teton Waters Ranch?
No, it does not. As we’ve grown we’ve realized our potential impact is larger than just one lone ranch in Idaho. Our Founder Jeff has searched the world to partner with ranchers that are aligned with our standards and that have the same passion for holistic ranching to source beef from. It starts with you as a consumer demanding more from your food producers. As you support us, we support these great ranchers, which enables more delicious grass-fed beef to be available for everyone.
Where do you make your sausages?
We hunted high and low to find the right co-manufacturing partners to make our products, and found domestic facilities that can give us the quality we’re looking for.
Do your products have a casing?
None of our products have a casing, with the exception of the Cheddar and Mild Jalapeño Bratwurst, which has a pork casing. This product states that it contains pork on the label.
Why the size change of your products?
Because we want to provide more consumers a more accessible retail price for each package of TWR products, we have reduced the size of our sausage and hot dog packages by 2 ounces, in order to reduce our wholesale prices and our suggested retail price. We reduced our wholesale price by more than we reduced the size of our packages. Retailers decide their prices for our products on their store shelves. We are doing everything we can to make TWR products a good value for people who value the better for you, better for the animals and better for the planet benefits of 100% Grass-Fed, Certified Humane, Pasture-Raised Beef.
Why the new look?
Because our old packaging was printed in muted colors, they were difficult for some shoppers to see and read on store shelves. So have now brightened our color scheme and enlarged the size of our 100% Grass-Fed Beef claim and our flavor names. We have also introduced several new flavors of dinner sausages and given each flavor has a distinctly colored band, for easy identification.
How do you know the cattle are being treated humanely?
The humane treatment and 100% grass-fed diet of cattle are fundamental to why we do what we’re doing. So for us, it’s not enough to just source beef. We know our suppliers and our animals. We’ve visited all the ranches we source from, and only partner with ranchers who we know share our practices and beliefs. We’ve raised a lot of cattle, so we know what to look for.
Is your beef Certified Grass-Fed?
There is a lot of work to be done in the certification process of grass-fed—unlike Organic, there is currently not a standard that everyone uses and is recognized by the USDA. TWR supports having a standard, but we don’t believe that any of the current certifications fully meet our standards. An example of this: some certifications allow cattle to be confined and to eat grass pellets. We have a strict no-confinement standard, so we do not want to carry the same labels as a company that allows this. Our beef is 100% grass-fed and 100% pasture-raised.
Do your suppliers use pesticides, herbicides or insecticides?
Potentially. But this isn’t an easy ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ As a general rule weeds and insects aren’t a big deal in pastures for cattle ranchers (as opposed to crop farmers who are far more aggressive in order to protect crops). In the US, the FSA (Farm Service Agency) encourages, and sometimes requires spot spraying for noxious weeds (thistle, knapweed and leafy spurge). So there may be some spot spraying, but these are plants cattle typically won’t eat anyway.
Is your product gluten free/preservative free?
Absolutely! All of our products are clean and free of gluten, fillers, nitrates, antibiotics.
Do your products contain nightshades?
Yep, some of them. Any of our products that have tomatoes, red pepper, paprika, (or any type of “hot” pepper, with the exception of black or white pepper) do contain nightshades.
How long will your products keep in the refrigerator after opening?
5-7 days in the fridge.
Are your beef products 100% Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished? With no grains ever consumed?
Yes, all of our beef is 100% grass-fed AND grass-finished, with no grains ever consumed. Most conventional beef starts on grass, but then is moved to a feedlot and fed grain to be fattened up during the last portion of their lives. Our beef spends their entire lives on pasture so we clarify with “grass-fed and grass-finished” to provide the distinction that our cattle are never in a feedlot nor fed grain.
Why is grass-fed beef more expensive?
Feedlot-raised beef gains weight fast—because speed equals volume, and volume equals money for the producers. But this quick weight gain isn’t ideal—not for the animal and not for the customer who eventually consumes this beef. Beef raised the way it should be, on open pastures with a natural diet of grass, is not ready for slaughter until almost double the time of feedlot beef. We believe that what is sacrificed to produce this “faster” and cheaper beef is not worth it. We hope you agree too. If you’re interested to learn more, check out Michael Pollan’s article “Power Steer”:
Is your beef treated with antibiotics or hormones?
Nope! Our beef is antibiotic and hormone free. Since our cattle are allowed to graze and grow as nature intended, they have many fewer health problems than cattle on feedlots.
Are your products Paleo-friendly?
All are, with the exception of the products that contain cheese: Cheddar and Mild Jalapeño Bratwurst, Cheddar Bratwurst, Italian-Style Crushed Red Pepper & Basil, and Italian-Style Oregano and Mozzarella, all of which contains cheese.
Are your products Whole30 compliant/approved?
We aren’t “officially approved” by whole30.com. But many of our products are Whole30 compliant, except for the items mentioned above—Cheddar and Mild Jalapeño Bratwurst, Cheddar Bratwurst, Italian-Style Crushed Red Pepper & Basil, and Italian-Style Oregano & Mozzarella, all of which contains cheese. All ingredients are listed on the back of the package.
What spices are included in your “Natural Spice Extractives”?
Red pepper oil and sage. All the other spices are called out on the labels.
Where can I buy Teton Waters Ranch products?
Great question! Check out our Where To Buy page to find a retail location near you.