Meat Wholesalers Basics: What Is Veal?

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Pot roast veal is without a doubt one of the favourite ways of cooking veal for many people around the world. But why not? It’s absolutely delicious! But have you ever wondered how this wonderful meat is produced? Well, here’s a short and fast fact about veal production.

 

What Is Veal?

Veal is the kind of meat that is taken from a young calf. Though many people may be familiar with this, what they don’t know is that veal is taken from young bull calves, usually raised to about 16 weeks or 18 weeks of age where they should have reached at 450 pounds in weight. Why bull calves, you may wonder? Well, this is mainly because not many farmers see the use of having too many male cows in their farms, as opposed to female cows which can be used for milking. In fact, many of the bull calves are predominantly raised for veal meat, and only some of them are raised to for breeding. In addition, bulls are not really used to produce beef given their tough meat and texture. The bull calves which are born are either sold to private butcher shops or through a sales barn and meat wholesalers and are thus butchered to be sold as veal.

 

Kinds of Veal

In general, veal can be classified as to how they were grown: there are milk fed veal and grain fed veal. The milk fed veal are those that consume a diet which is balanced to contain all the necessary nutrients and mineral to ensure that the animal reaches the desired weight and is healthy and delicious enough for human consumption. Because of this diet, milk fed veal have a light pink colour and soft texture, as well as a very mild taste.

Grain fed veal on the other hand is solidly pink in colour. As for the taste, it is much beefier than milk fed veal, though it is not as beefy as the actual beef itself. For the first six to eight weeks, these bull calves are fed the same diet as the milk fed veal. However, after this their diet is mixed with corn and protein supplements.

 

Get Delicious Veal and Other Gourmet Meats from Campisi Butchery

Looking for fresh and quality veal shouldn’t be so difficult as we have them right here for you. Aside from veal though, we have other types of gourmet meats available like:

 

If you’d like to know more about our range of meat products, you can get in touch with us through our telephone line (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll be sure to get back to you real quick.

 

 

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Tips for Quality Meats: Buying, Storing and Thawing Lamb Meat

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Lamb is without a doubt one of the most delicious kinds of meat available from any butcher shop. In order to really enjoy its taste though, you’ll want to make sure that you handle lamb meat properly. Here is a short guide to help you buy, store and even thaw lamb meat so that it retains its flavour and quality.

 

Buying Lamb

Finding and buying lamb meat is not really difficult as they are mostly readily available in many major grocery stores and gourmet butcher shops. If you are planning to buy some lamb meat, you’ll want to consider buying them from a local butcher shop though. This is because for the most part, the meat that they serve are freshly butchered and cut, unlike those in the grocery stores where the meat has usually been frozen in their freezers for several days.

Besides, your local butcher shop will be able to help you find the best quality lamb meat that you want. In any case, you’ll want to look for lamb meat that has a soft pink to red colour with white marbling.

 

Storing Lamb

After you’re done shopping, you may or may not feel like cooking it right away. If you need to store your lamb meat, you will need to put it in the refrigerator or the freezer. Although there are no steadfast numbers, it is recommended that you store lamb in refrigerators with temperatures at or below forty degrees. Ground lamb meat usually last for two days when stored properly, whereas chops and roasts last longer, say three to five days.

 

Thawing Lamb

So now you’re ready to cook your lamb, you pull it out of the freezer and it’s frozen as hard as ice itself so you’re going to need to thaw it. There are actually different ways of thawing lamb meat, and most of these are recommended as they are much safer than other thawing methods.

For one, you can thaw frozen lamb meat in the refrigerator, and when you do so, you can refroze the lamb meat before or after cooking. Take note though that the quality of the meat will be affected since there will be moisture loss in the process.

You can also thaw frozen lamb meat in cold water. When you choose to do so, leave the frozen lamb in its original packaging, but you’ll need to make sure that it is air tight. If you’re not sure, you can transfer it to a leak-proof bag or a zip lock bag. Submerge the whole thing in cold water, replacing the water every thirty minutes or so until the lamb meat has thawed completely.

For more information about our range of quality meats products, you can get in touch with us through our telephone line (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll be sure to get back to you real quick.


Wine Pairings for Leg of Lamb and other Lamb Meat

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Lamb is indeed one of the most wine-friendly meats available from an organic butcher in Sydney. For the most part, lamb meat goes very well with many kinds and brands of wine. However, if you are really looking for that perfect pair or a spot on match, then you’ll find the following very helpful in your quest.

 

Baby Lamb

An absolutely delicious delicacy, though more popular in countries like Spain and Italy. Baby lamb is a top favorite and finding a wine to pair it with is not as difficult as one would normally think. In general, baby lamb works well with top quality fine wines like Bordeaux or Burgundy, especially when they are mature (a few years’ bottle age is often sufficient).

 

Spring Lamb

Lamb cutslike racks and leg of lamb are the kind of dishes that many people love seeing on their dinenr table. If you’re planning to cook some of these, you’ll need some good wines to pair it with. Like the above, Bordeaux and burgundy work fine with these cuts. Aside from those, a nice bottle of Pinot Noir or cru Beaujolais also makes a great pairing. If you want to serve champagne though, then a dry rose or vintage rose champagne is recommended.

 

Roast Lamb

Roasted lamb meat is another favorite of many customers, and they usually cook it from medium-rare to well-done. They also often serve it with garlic, rosemary or wine based sauce. If this is how you intend to cook and serve your lamb, then you may want to consider pairing it with wines that are fruity and young. Some examples would include cabernet, rioja reserve or a chianti classico.

 

Barbequed Lamb

The wine pairing for this type of cooking would largely depend on the rub or marinade that you used. For instance, if you used a rather spicy rub or marinade, then you’ll want to look for wines that have fruity tastes like a pinotage or an Australian shiraz. On the other hand, if the lamb has been marinated with lemans and herbs, then something more acidic should be considered. Some examples would be Italian reds like chianti and barbera.

As can be gleaned from the above paragraphs, there will be many factors that needs to be considered when pairing wines with leg of lamb and other types and cuts of lamb meat. You’ll need to consider how you’re going to cook the lamb, how long you’ll be cooking it, and even the age of the lamb.

For more information about our range of meat products, you can get in touch with us through our telephone line (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll help you find the perfect gourmet meat for your needs.

 

 

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3 Tips to Choose Right Chicken Portions for You

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Perhaps the question, “what are healthy chicken portions for you” is even more important than asking “who are the best butchers in Sydney to buy your chicken from”. Though people know that lean meat is always healthy regardless of the quantity they want to consume, there are some important considerations that can help you order just the ideal chicken portions suitable for your needs. Let’s have a look at a few important things to consider.

  1. Serving size: When prepared with the right ingredients, chicken portions are not only delicious but they also form one of the healthiest low-calorie diets we can eat today. However, it’s a good idea determine the right size of chicken portions before including it in your diet. According to dieticians, the recommended serving of protein per day for healthy adult men is 6 1/2 oz. And including chicken in your diet routine is an affordable and delicious way to get your daily dose of protein.
  1. Nutrition: Consuming chicken portions containing 3 oz chicken breast will provide you 150 calories (5 gm fat and 7 mg cholesterol). On the other hand, chicken drumsticks of the same serving size but with skin will provide you 230 calories (75 mg cholesterol and 15 gm fat). So, it depends a lot on the type of meal you choose to consume.
  1. Cooking style: if you’re watching your calories, it’s important to cook chicken with the right cooking style. For instance you’ll get around 130 calories from a grilled 3 oz skinless chicken breast. But when you consume the same amount of chicken fried, you’ll get more than 160 calories along with 4 gram of fat. So, try to choose a cooking style by keeping your fitness goals in mind.

 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle mass, you can never go wrong with high quality chicken portions bought from a trusted butchers in Sydney, such as Campisi Butchery. An experienced butcher will also help you pick just the right chicken portions to meet your exact needs. For more guidance, visit Campisi Butchery in Sydney today.

 

 

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4 Ways a Gourmet Butcher can help you save Money

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We all have our favourites when it comes to meats. From chicken breasts to selected cuts of beef, you can find a variety of meats at a good gourmet butcher in Sydney. But the key to saving money yet getting the highest quality meat at a gourmet butcher is ‘flexibility’. Considering rare cuts that are perfect for your meal can help you take advantage of shopping at butchery. Let’s have a look at 4 effective ways to accomplish this goal.

  1. Consider substitute ingredients: You don’t have to follow instructions in recipes to every detail. By using some substitute ingredients, you can make some substantial savings without compromising on the taste of your meals. An experienced gourmet butcher can help you pick substitutions at a fraction of cost of the original ingredients. Experienced butchers at any well established butchery always love to help their customers to the best of their ability.
  1. Request custom cuts: Instead of buying individual cuts, you can save significant amount of money by purchasing the bigger whole piece. Then you can request your gourmet butcher to cut it into pieces or steaks for you. This will help you take advantage of cheaper prices and still get individual cuts.
  1. Don’t shy away from fat: Fat has been given a bad reputation but most of it is baseless. Lean ground beef is expensive because people prefer it due to its very low fat content. The truth is that most of the delicious meat dishes require some amount of fat to taste that good. Burgers can never taste great without some fat. A butcher can grind high quality meat for you with some amount of fat. So you’ll have to pay much less and still get the highest quality meat for you.
  1. It is okay to buy discounted meat: Contrary to the popular belief that discounted meat is meat that’s gone bad, buying meats on sale at an honest gourmet butcher like Campisi Butchery can help you save money. Any experienced butcher worth his salt will never sell you something that could do any harm to your health. Just make sure to freeze it or use it within 24 hours and you’ll be fine.

So, are you ready to taste the most delicious meats in Sydney without burning a hole through your pocket? Visit the leading gourmet butcher – Campisi Butchery today!

 

 

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How to Shop At Butchers in Sydney? Red Meat Vs White Meat

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Let’s try to understand meat and what makes the meats available at trusted butchers in Sydney so irresistible and healthy. Meat tissues contain three main nutrients – protein, fat and water (carbohydrates are also present in small amounts). Carbohydrates are actually what give meat its brown colour when cooked.

Classification: Meats can be broadly classified into two types: Red (Dark) meat and white meat. Red meat gets its colour from the protein ‘myoglobin’. More the myoglobin present in the meat, darker and tender it will be. Like haemoglobin, myoglobin’s main function is to store oxygen in the muscle fibres.

White meat is made up of muscle fibres that remain inactive most of the times. While Myoglobin is still present in white meat but the concentration is very low.

Beef and pork are both dark meats though the concentration of myoglobin in pigs’ muscles is not that high. Chicken contains both white and dark meat while fish is mostly white meat. The active muscles in chickens, such as legs and thighs, give a bit darker meat than the meat you get from its breasts. On other hand, birds that fly a lot have red meat in their wings and breasts too.

 

What To Look For In Meat While Shopping At Meat Wholesalers?

Ask trusted butchers in Sydney, they would tell you that two important qualities to look for in meat are – tenderness and juiciness. In addition to the source of meat, other factors that can influence these qualities are: duration for which the meat is cooked and the cuts of meat. Meat from the muscle part usually gives tougher and stronger cuts. The more the duration of cooking, the tougher the meat will be. This is due to loss of water in the cooking process. Some other factors influencing juiciness and tenderness of meat are: amount of fat and age of the animal at the time of slaughter, among others.

Campisi Butchery is one of the most trusted organic butchers and meat wholesalers in Sydney. Visit Campisi Butchery today to choose from the mouth-watering array of finest meat products in Sydney!

 

 

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Chicken Portions Basics: Chicken Breasts

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When it comes to chicken portions, chicken breasts remain to be one of the favourites among many shoppers everywhere. This is mainly because chicken breasts are known to be the most nutritious and best-tasting parts of a chicken. Aside from being one of the best sources of protein, there are many other benefits that comes with cooking and eating chicken breasts.

In general, chicken meat has lower fat content than any other types of common commercial meat. However, take note that the way you cook it will affect this factor. For instance, deep frying chicken breasts (or any other chicken portions for that matter) will definitely increase the fat content of the chicken meat. Still, chicken breasts will still have lower fat content than any other chicken portion even if it is cooked this way. This makes it the ideal chicken portion for those who are watching their fat intake. It is also said that chicken breasts contain no carbohydrates, making it suitable for people on a no or low carb diet.  But aside from this, there are many other vitamins and nutrients which can be derived from chicken breasts, such as the following:

Vitamin B3. Also known as niacin, this vitamin is essential for converting carbohydrates into energy, and one serving of chicken have been found to provide at least 70% out of the recommended daily dietary allowance needed by the body.

Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 or panthotenic acid works the same way as vitamin B3, converting fat and carbohydrates into energy that the body needs. Aside from that though, panthothenic acid also helps in promoting healthier skin and nails. Typically, a serving of chicken breast should cover at least 10% of the recommended daily allowance.

Vitamin B6. It has been found that chicken breasts are one of the best sources of vitamin B6, which is vital in the formation of certain chemicals as well as the red blood cells in our bodies. In addition, it helps to convert glycogen into glucose, providing energy readily available for use should the body need it. In general, a typical serving should contain at least 30% of the recommended daily allowance.

Aside from these vitamins, other essential nutrients can be derived from chicken breasts like amino acids, phosphorous, potassium, and selenium to name a few.

For all these reasons, you should definitely consider chicken breasts the next time you’re looking over the chicken portions counter in your local butcher shop.

If you are looking for chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or any other chicken portions and other types of meat from a free range butcher, please feel free to drop by our shop or give us a call at (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll be sure to get back to you soon as we can.

 

 

 

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Why Buy Your Meats from a Local Butcher in Sydney

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So you’re torn between buying meat from your nearby grocery store or a local butcher in Sydney, eh? Well, buying from a grocery may have its own conveniences, but there are certainly more good reasons for buying your meat from your local butcher, and here are just a few of them.

You’re Sure You’re Getting Quality Meats. One of the common problems with buying meat from the frozen goods section of a supermarket is that you don’t know if you’re paying for quality meats or not. This isn’t the case with a local butcher. A local butcher in Sydney worth his salt will always know where his produce came from – what farm the animal was raised in, what it was fed, and many other pertinent information. They’ll even slice and grind the meat in front of you so you can see for yourself the quality and freshness of the meat you’re buying.

A Wide Range of Meats. Sure, grocery stores carry a range of meat in their stock, but you will have better chances of finding your meat of choice in a local butcher. This is especially true in the case of wild game which only comes seasonally. Your local butcher in Sydney can even tell you when exotic and game meat will arrive in their store so you can plan your quail or venison night well ahead.

Top Notch and Personalised Service. Buying meat from a local butcher in Sydney can prove to be a very rewarding experience, especially when you see how friendly they are to their patrons. This should be expected since they basically live in the same community they service. They can give you tips about how to cook a particular cut of meat, or even share their own recipes with you. In some instances, they even offer cut to order meats and delis.

Helping Your Community. Buying from a local butcher in Sydney, or even from a local fair to farmer’s market, allows you to help the people in your community. And that’s just not pertaining to the butchers but also to the local hog, cattle, or livestock farmers. By keeping your dollars local, you are contributing to the economic growth and welfare of your community and its residents.

If you’re on the lookout for a free range butcher or a local butcher in Sydney, please feel free to visit our shop or call us up at (02) 9826 6122. You can also leave a message in our contact page and we’ll have our friendly staff answer any questions you may have about our products.

 

 

 

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4 Reasons to Visit Your Gourmet Butcher Today

 

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Think about it. You are eager to cook a nice dinner after a long, stressful week. You want to have something special – maybe roast up a leg of lamb or a fine cut of beef. This is a special occasion after all, and you deserve the best of foods. If the meat you have bought for this dinner is not perfect, it would definitely ruin the evening!

A lot of us love cooking, but unless the quality of meats we’re using in our food is good, chances are that the meal won’t turn out as delicious as you want. Can you imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without a nice turkey to be cooked? This is where a well established gourmet butcher, such as Campisi Butchery, comes into the picture.

So, why should you shop at a gourmet butcher? Let’s consider the reasons:

  1. Taste: A gourmet butcher would have the best cuts of meat. This meat is free-range, which means it is way tastier and healthier than its pre-packaged counterparts available at most supermarket stores these days!
  1. Healthier: Free range meat sold at trusted meat wholesalers come from healthy animals that are raised in a humane manner, and are not pumped with harmful chemicals and artificial hormones. This means your meat will be healthier, and will not cause any health problems to you or your loved ones.
  1. A variety of options: When you buy quality meats from a trustworthy gourmet butcher, you get many more options than you would at your local store. You will get a plethora of options in meats, cuts, and curing.
  1. Safe: When you order meat from a gourmet butcher, you’ll get it cut and cured the way you want. Experienced butchers know what their customers want and make sure that they take into account your exact requirements while finalizing your order. The packaging will ensure that the meat stays good for a longer time, and safe from all other microbes and bacteria. You will also get instructions on storage and packing for the meat, so you can keep the meat fresh for a longer time!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Campisi Butchery and order your favourite cuts right now!

 

 

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Top Reasons to Buy Your Meat from a Free Range Butcher

 

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Nowadays, meat lovers have become incredibly interested in ensuring the quality of their meat products. People are conscious about what they eat, and how fresh their food should be. In such a world, pre-packaged meat, generally available at grocery stores and supermarkets, is slowly going out of fashion. A trusted free range butcher shop, such as Campisi Butchery, is where all the action at- and this is a bandwagon you should definitely jump on!

 

Why You Should Start Shopping At Free Range Butcher?

There is a reason why you should make the switch and start shopping from free range meat wholesalers as soon as you can. Not only will you be assured of the freshest meat delivered right to wherever you want, you will also be ensured meat that is cruelty and chemical free. These are healthy meats, cut and cured to meet all your requirements. A free range butcher’s supply would keep you healthy, and would infinitely improve the taste of all your meals. Let us assure you, once you start getting your meat from ‘Campisi Butchery’, you will definitely not want to go back to eating supermarket meat again!

 

How Do You Shop At Meat Wholesalers?

It is pretty simple to shop at renowned meat wholesalers, such as Campisi Butchery. You just have to follow the same steps you always follow! Choose the kind of meats you want, and how you want it to be cured. This way, you will get the meat in the perfect condition. Moreover, experienced butchers will always be at your service to help you make an informed choice.

This meat is free-range so make sure you follow the instructions that come along with the meat. If you follow the storage and the preparation instructions as given by the butchers, you will be able to preserve the meat for a longer time, and ensure that it does not go bad.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Campisi Butchery and get all the meats you want immediately, and enjoy the widest selection of free-range meat available at the best meat wholesaler’s shop!

 

 

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