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!
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 beef 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!
Where is your ranch and where does your beef come from?
Our original ranch was 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. Today, we source from partner ranches throughout western US and Southeastern Australia. We have searched the world over to find the best grasslands and we partner with ranchers that are aligned with our standards and share our passion for raising grass fed beef.
Where do you make your sausages?
We searched 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?
Our Jalapeño Cheddar Rope Sausage and our Kielbasa Rope sausage have a clear edible collagen casing. Our collagen casings are manufactured and made from beef and taste very similarly to a natural casing sausage. All other sausages are skinless (no casing). All sausages are pork-free.
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?
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 with weed abatement 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. Restorative agricultural practices lead to ecosystems where plants, animals, and insects all thrive and create a balance ultimately eliminating the need for external chemical inputs.
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?
Yes, 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 sourced from cattle that are 100% grass-fed AND grass-finished, with no grains ever consumed. Most cattle start on grass, but then are moved to a feedlot and fed grain to be fattened up during the last portion of their lives. Our cattle spend 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?
No! Our cattle are never treated with antibiotics and never given added hormones. Since our cattle are allowed to graze and grow as nature intended, they have fewer health problems than industrially raised cattle. Our producers do treat sick cattle as needed, but those animals are segregated and removed from our program.
Are your products Paleo-friendly?
All are, except for Jalapeño Cheddar Bratwurst, which contains cheese, and our Maple Breakfast Sausage, which contains sugar.
Are your products Whole30 compliant/approved?
Yes! All our products without cheese are Whole30 certified!
Where can I buy Teton Waters Ranch products?
Great question! Check out our Where To Buy page to find a retail location near you.
Are there any spices or ingredients not listed on the package?
Yes, there may be some spices not listed that are less than 2% of the formulation. If you do have a question regarding a specific spice being present in any product please email us at email@example.com and we can answer any questions you may have.
How do I know if your products contain allergens?
Please navigate to the specific product page. Under the ingredient list it will list if any major allergens are present.
Are your plants allergen free?
We work with a variety of partners; some of our production facilities do contain allergens. Some of our products even contain cheese which is an allergen (dairy), and some of our plants utilize other ingredients that are allergens. Given this, we have robust programs in place with our processors that require them to make our products first, on clean equipment, to protect from cross-contamination. Any of our products that contain cheese are processed after the non-allergen products and are maintained segregated throughout the production and packaging process.
Allergens are taken very seriously at all our facilities, in part because we select manufacturing partners who are exacting when it comes to food safety and regarding allergen storage and segregation. It’s also a requirement of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), that all processing facilities have a robust allergen program in place to prevent cross contamination of any kind.
Are your products Halal or Kosher?
Currently we are not certified Halal or Kosher.
Do you use natural or artificial smoke on your products?
We use both natural and artificial hickory and maplewood smoke on all our dinner sausage products.