I haven't unwrapped it yet, so the smell may be the final answer. It certainly smells grass fed when raw but when cooking it literally smells like manure. ? To judge for ourselves, we went to the supermarket and bought 16 grass-fed and 16 grain-fed rib-eye and strip steaks. The other night we made some steaks at my aunt and uncles, I smelled what seemed to be butter or buttered popcorn on the raw steaks. Now tonight I was cooking ground beef (from the same store) and it smells like that again! The smell is produced from gases made by some of the bacteria on your beef. but i took out a pound two days ago from the freezer (it went into the freezer right from WF) and defrosted in the fridge. Smell the beef to see if you notice a sour smell. Grain-fed beef has long been promoted as richer and fattier, while grass-fed beef has gotten a bad rap as lean and chewy with an overly gamey taste. My friends bought half of an "organic" grass-fed open-range cow. Grass fed is not as fatty as grain fed so the meat can be tougher, but it never smells/tastes like fish and I buy it every week. The diversion of grass-fed and grain-fed beef occurs when the cows are “finished,” which is a term for the time before they are sent to slaughter. Fresh beef will have a slight smell, but beef starting to go bad will smell rotten or sour. From the nutrient content to the fatty acid composition to the ethical issue of treating animals without cruelty, meat from grass-fed, free-range cows win every time. I can't place it. I bought organic grass fed ground beef from whole foods, and it literally smelled like cheese. I figured I had another 24 hours to get it cooked after the sell-by date, but it just looks different than the other beef, although the other grass fed beef cuts looked similar to the one I bought. I'm no expert. This difference in fat flavor also explains why grass-fed beef smells more rich and aromatic when it is grilled, boiled or pan-fried. If there is a strong smell, avoid eating it. This can last anywhere from two months to a year. But, when I eat grain-fed beef, I tend to trim off as much of the fat as possible because I don't like the flavor of grain-fed fat - I find it bland. I opened it and it smelled odd, so i tossed it and opened a frozen one from the same batch and defrosted it, and it smells the same. I made hamburgers and it no longer smelled but had a mild taste of an aged cheese, like Parmesan or something. I feel like the meat you bought was old and going bad 2 years ago. Raw steak doesn’t necessarily smell the greatest, but you’ll usually be able to tell a distinct difference between a good, fresh steak and a spoiled one just by using your nose. I told them take that shit back but maybe I'm crazy? Once it starts to grey, it's best to stay away. Is this normal for grass fed beef to taste this weird? We gave some to my uncles cat who won't eat meat that's gone bad, but he ate it so we did. 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