4 Considerations to Choose Quality Meats

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The ability of choosing quality ingredients to prepare a lip-smacking meal is one of the many important qualities of a chef. When it comes to meats, the aroma, taste and texture depends on the quality of meats and other ingredients you use while preparation. Secondly, meat is also an important source of nutrients and provides us high quality protein and a number of vitamins and minerals. Although you can easily buy any pork chop or old steak from your local grocery store or supermarket, shopping at a trusted butcher in Sydney and understanding how to pick the best quality meats go a long way in making you an informed buyer.

Let’s have a look at some tips to buy high quality meats at a butcher shop to make the most of your purchase.

  1. While choosing beef, look for cuts that are firm, a bit moist and red in colour. Instead of judging the quality of meats by just looking at the colour of outer fat layer, examine the ground beef. It should be fresh red in appearance.
  2. Quality pork is firm and greyish pink in colour. Generally, fitness conscious people opt for cuts that contain more lean meat. High quality pork has a layer of firm white fat all over it.
  3. When it comes to lamb, look for meat that is pinkish red and feels firm. Lamb comes with a bit of fat. The exact colour of fat depends on the breed and age of the animal. Generally, the older the animal, darker will be the colour. Lighter colour lamb is relatively tender.
  4. Quality veal meat is greyish pink. Veal meats have a very little fat on them with soft and porous bones.

 

Storage instructions: If you’re planning to consume your meats later on, make sure you refrigerate or froze the items right after the purchase. Secondly, remember to remove air from the freezer bags, if you are planning to store your meat in them. Even in frozen state, meats can be preserved for only a limited period of time. Generally, beef can be preserved for a much longer time than pork.

For more tips on buying quality meats at a trusted free range butcher, visit Campisi butchery today!

 

 

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A Brief Guide to Cured Meats

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Every bite of cured meats is full of flavour. What’s more, trustworthy butchers in Sydney have taken already popular cured delicacies, such as salumi plate, to a whole new level. If prepared with the choicest ingredients, a salumi plate will blow your mind with its intense and aromatic flavours. Though there’s a vast selection of cured meats available at any trusted organic Butcher in Sydney, such as Campisi Butchery, it can get a bit overwhelming to choose just a few types of cured meats from this huge selection.

Well, as one of the most experienced meat wholesalers and butchers in Sydney, we are here to clear all your confusions, so that you can make an informed decision regarding which cured meats to buy.

 

What exactly is Salumi?

Italian salumi is a fine textured cured meat made from chunks of pork, beef and fats along with spices. These and many other ingredients are properly minced and cooked or smoked in a casing. Actually, Salumi is a broad category and consists of a variety of smoked and cured meats. In some places, the term ‘Salumi’ also refers to the process of making and curing sausages. Salumi is an important part of our heritage. While manmade casings are used to make salumi these days, traditionally animals’ intestines were used for the purpose.

Let’s have a look at a few types of Salumi you can find at a good organic Butcher in Sydney:

  • Copocollo (Coppa): These are salted, cured and dried pork neck or shoulders. A variety of spices and other ingredients are used to prepare Coppa.
  • Cacciatore: In Italian, Cacciatore means ‘hunter’. Cacciatore is a hunter-style meat prepared with ingredients like onions, tomatoes and herbs. The pieces are usually 6-7 inches long and are a bit harder than some other varieties in cured meats.
  • Soppressata: These are also made from pork meat, including belly, stomach, tongue and other organs. Soppressata can be used to make excellent sandwiches.
  • Prosciutto: These are made from back leg of pork. You can get them in two forms- cooked (prosciutto cotto) and uncooked (prosciutto crudo).

 

So, the next time you shop at Campisi Butchery – the most trusted free range butcher in Sydney, follow these tips to make a more informed decision and pick the most delicious salumi for your taste buds!

 

 

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Quality Meats: Tips to Choosing the Best Rib Eye Steak

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Every steak house would never, ever be considered a steak house if it doesn’t have a delectable and rich in flavour rib-eye steak on its house menu. In fact, for many of these steak houses, a well-cooked rib-eye steak complemented by their own in-house gravy is considered to be their crown jewel. If you are planning to cook your own rib-eye steak though, whether to impress a guest or to simply enjoy your own version of home-cooked rib-eye steak, then the first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure that you buy rib-eye, and here’s how you can go about in doing that.

 

Look for Abundant Marbling

Experts say that one of the classic and most obvious signs of a top notch rib eye steak is the marbling. If you see abundant veins of fat running through the meat, this is a sign that what you’re looking at are quality meats. Look for little white dots of fat evenly distributed throughout the muscle as well, which is different from the large fat deposits found in the muscles. This will allow you to enjoy a gorgeous, rich and very meaty flavour.

Remember that much of the meats’ flavour will come from the fat, and a good rib-eye steak should definitely have that much marbling or fat to ensure that there is enough moisture to keep the meat juicy and prevent it from drying out while cooking.

 

Go for Thick Cuts

Whether you’re shopping for rib-eye steaks for yourself or for the whole group, always go for the thicker cuts. Experts may have different recommendations as to how thick your rib-eye should be, but in general, most of them will agree that is should be something between one inch and one and a half inch thick. This same principle also applies to other steak cuts and quality meats. The reason is that thinner cuts can easily be overcooked, which will sometimes leave you with a dry and charred strip of meat as the moisture will easily escape while cooking.

 

Looking for Premium and Quality Meats? Drop by Our Shop and We’ll Take Care of Your Needs

One of the best ways to ensure that you get a rich and flavourful rib-eye steak is to buy them only from reputable free range butchers and meat shops. Doing so will help to ensure that the meat are fresh and delectable all the time.

If you’re looking for the best tasting rib-eye steaks and quality meats, we just may have what you’re looking for. Aside from rib-eye steaks, we also have other steaks and cuts that you’ll definitely love, including:

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.

 

 

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Gourmet Meats: The Delicious and Healthy Quail Meat

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Gourmet meats come in a variety of form and taste, and when it comes to game meats, there is nothing quite like a succulent and flavourful quail meat. Quails are pretty small in nature, and as such, the single serving of quail meat would be around three to five ounces in size. So when shopping for quail meat, you may want to consider getting those two-breasts pack, because once you fall in love with it, you’ll definitely be wanting more.

 

Cooking Quail Meat

Unlike other kinds of gourmet meats where experts would usually recommend slow cooking methods, it is recommended that you cook quail using intermediate heat but on a very limited time – which shouldn’t go beyond ten minutes at least. This short cooking time and higher than usual cooking heat will help to ensure that the meat will not lose too much moisture. By doing so, you can expect a very ‘quail-ey’ taste, even more ‘gamey’ than you would expect from ordinary poultry, especially when you get them from an organic butcher. In addition, it tends to taste much sweeter. For a more enjoyable dish, try pairing quail meat with red wine.

 

Health Benefits of Quail Meat

One of the best reasons why you should consider eating quail gourmet meats instead of regular poultry meat are the health benefits. For instance, studies have shown that quail meat has lower fat content when compared to chicken since quail meat contains approximately only two grams in a single serving. That same single serving though, will have more protein than the same serving of chicken.

When it comes to lipids content, quail does have more of those unwanted saturated fats, but take note that it also has a higher content of the good, polyunsaturated fatty acids that you will need.

Aside from that, quail meat also contains loads of healthy minerals, like phosphorous, iron, copper, zinc and selenium. With regards to vitamins, quail meat has high content of Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6. All in all, the mineral and vitamin content of quail meat is significantly higher than that of regular broiler.

 

Expect Top of the Line Quail Meat and Other Gourmet Meats Only from Campisi Butchery

Quail meat is indeed an excellent alternative to chicken, especially with regards to the health and nutritional considerations. More important that that though, is the unique, gamey taste that it provides which is sure to tickle the palate and enhance the dining experience. However, to fully enjoy these and more, be sure to get only your quail meat from a reputable game and gourmet meats butcher.

If you are looking for top of the line quail meat, then we’re here for you. Aside from quail meat though, we also have a variety of other game and gourmet meats including:

  • Goat
  • Rabbit
  • Spatchcock
  • Lamb
  • Veal
  • And many more

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 be sure to get back to you real quick.

 

 

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Organic Butcher Sydney: Organic Meat Is Good for You and… the Environment?

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It’s been said time and again that eating organic meat sold by organic butcher in Sydney is one of the healthiest things that you can do. However, aside from being healthy for the body, eating organic meat is also good for the environment.

 

Industrial Poultry and Livestock Factories

Large livestock and poultry farms or factories utilise a huge amount of resources in their operations. Such farms will usually have their lights on for long hours – including before and after operations (for security purposes) which consumes a staggering amount of electricity over time. This means that power plants need to produce more electricity to meet the demands, which then translates to more burning of cheap, non-renewable energy sources and fossil fuels. Needless to say, this produces tons of carbon emissions that harms the earth’s atmosphere and contributes to global warming.

In addition, the other stages necessary to produce and manufacture the animals to prepare them for retail will require the use of more electricity and energy, thereby increasing the amount of power already used and consequently, the negative impact that it has on the environment.

There is also the issue of logistics – that is, transporting the animals from the farm to the slaughtering house, then from there to the processing plants, and from there to the retailers. All of these contribute to the carbon emissions attributed to vehicles, increasing them significantly.

Consider also the amount of electricity and the logistics impact of producing the feeds that are given to these animals, which further increases the overall amount of power used to grow these livestock and poultry. Add them all together and you can just imagine how much resources are needed to produce these animals and bring them to your tables.

 

Organic Meat Production Is Good for the Environment

Organic livestock and poultry farms do not use as much power and resources as industrial poultry and livestock farms. This is because organic farms are carefully attended to using carefully designed ecological management practices. In fact, it has been said that organic farms makes use of about 70% less energy than their industrial grade counterparts. That in itself is a huge contribution to the preservation of our rapidly depleting natural resources.

In addition, many organic farmers can be found within near proximity to their local markets. This reduces the time needed to get the animals to the buyers, thereby reducing transportation and logistics – time and distance-wise – and thus helping decrease the amount of carbon emissions from vehicles and trucks.

Though there may be contentions as to whether organic meat and organic farming can really create an impact on saving the environment, it is still important that we take care of the environment by doing our share – no matter how small it may seem or impact it may make.

If you’re looking for fresh and excellent meat and reliable meat wholesalers, please feel free to get in touch with us at (02) 9826 6122 or visit our shop (shop hours are indicated in our contact page).

 

 

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Chicken Portions 101: Kinds of Chicken Meat Cuts (And How to Cook Them)

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Like any other kinds of meat, chickens also have their own particular cuts. There are several cuts of chicken, as you may have observed when you visit your favorite free range butcher shop (or any other meat shop for that matter). These cuts may actually vary from one shop to another, but the ones outlined below are some of the most common cuts that you will see.

Half- Cut Chicken. This is simply what it says it is – a whole chicken cut in half. The chicken is split from front to back, thereby leaving each half with a wing and a leg. Like whole chicken, one of the best ways to cook half-cut chicken is to roast it.

Breast Quarters. This chicken cut includes a portion of the breast, the back and the whole wing. There are many different ways to cook breast quarters which includes roasting, grilling, and several others. You can also bake them, but you may want to baste it more in order to keep and add moisture. Remember, this is all white meat, and certain cooking methods may leave it dry and lacking in flavour.

Split Breasts. Chicken breasts are cut from the breast quarters, separating it from the wings. These are sold with or without the bones and the skin. Chicken breasts can be grilled, baked, or pan-fried. Again, be careful of overcooking it since it may dry out. They are also great for sandwiches (you’ll need to flake them though).

Wings. Chicken wings are cut from the shoulder and includes everything else up to the tip of the wing. However, many butchers cut the tip out. The wings can be divided further to smaller units – that is, from the shoulder to the elbow – and are sold as ‘wing drummettes’.

Whole Leg. This portion of the chicken includes the thighs and the legs. There is another cut quite similar called ‘leg quarters’. However, unlike leg quarters, the whole leg cut doesn’t usually include a portion of the back.

Thighs. These are parts of the leg which are cut above the joint of the knee. Like split breasts, thighs can be deboned and sold without the skin.

Drumsticks. This refers to the lower part of the whole chicken leg, cut from the knee to the hock. This is probably the most popular portion of the chicken, as it is commonly used in ‘fried chicken’ served in many fast food restaurants worldwide.

Again these are the common chicken portions you will see in the meat shop. If you’re looking for fresh and excellent chicken meat, lamb, beef, or pork, please feel free to get in touch with us at (02) 9826 6122 or visit our shop (shop hours are indicated in our contact page).

 

 

 

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Organic Butcher in Sydney: A Guide to Buying Meat

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Off late, people are getting more and more interested in opting for organic and local food options for them. This stems from the fact that there are a number of incredible health benefits of shopping from a trustworthy organic butcher in Sydney – instead of picking up another cold cut from the supermarket.

 

Why shop at a butcher shop?

Simply put, experienced butchers at any trusted butcher shop, such as Campisi Butchery, are just best at what they do. This is their specialization, after all, and they definitely deliver. Nobody knows how to handle meat better than professional butchers, and once you buy some meat from a reputable organic butcher in Sydney, you will never go back to a supermarket. That’s our assurance!

Not only do you get to support butchers practicing their art, you get a wide variety of meats. Many of these shops also have their own speciality cuts that you will definitely enjoy.

 

A Variety of Options- Only For You!

With a trusted organic butcher in Sydney, such as Campisi Butchery, you get to choose the kind of meat you want and the kind of cut as well. This will make cooking and storing so much easier for you. Moreover, you also get healthier, tastier organic meat. This is ideal for those who are trying to get healthy, and want to make sure they have the healthiest option when it comes to meat. This gives people with allergies a chance to eat some quality meat as well.

 

How to purchase from the butchers’ shop?

You purchase meat from a butcher shop the same way you would purchase it from the store- except you can tell them how you want the meat. You can tell them what kind of cuts of beef, what kind of meat, and how you would like it packed.

If you don’t know the answer to all these questions yourself, you can always ask the butchers. They know all about their meat, and they will be more than happy to assist you in the buying process. If you want to experience the numerous health benefits of high quality organic meat, visit Campisi Butchery today!

 

 

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Campisi Butchery: Celebrating 40 Years of Great Tasting Quality Meats

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At Campisi Butchery, we are not just passionate about how our meat products are processed but also where they sourced from. While most of the traditional butchers in Sydney have become obsolete in the last decade or so, Campisi Butchery is still well known for its unrivalled quality meats in Sydney. So, when you shop at Campisi Butchery, you can rest assured that you’re getting just the best of the best!

Thanks to our butchers and all the customers for showing their love and support all these years, this month marks the 40th anniversary of Campisi Butchery. We are beyond excited to present the ‘World of Meat Big Lunch’ event on Sunday 28th of August at Campisi Butchery to celebrate this major milestone. Join us on 28th of August to choose from a sumptuous range of quality meats on sale, learn the secrets of meat cooking from our experienced butchers and to attend the ‘Meet and greet’ with none other than  MKR’s Luciano & Martino.

 

Top Reasons to Shop at Campisi Butchery

  1. Campisi Butchery is one of the few trusted meat wholesalers and butchers in Sydney where you can get top quality meats and other high quality ingredients at very reasonable prices.
  2. Customer satisfaction is at the core of our values and mission statement. At Campisi Butchery, we research all the available products as well their sources and hand-select the best ones for our customers.
  3. Though it’s time consuming and complicated to source our meat products from several different producers, we believe it’s worth it. This helps us in ensuring that everything we offer to our customers meets the highest standards of quality.

 

Plan on stopping by from 11 am to 2 pm on 28th of August to taste the best quality meats and learn some amazing culinary tricks from professionals. Come visit the event and get a chance to win a $500 meat tray. We hope to see you there!


Tips from Professional Butchers in Sydney: How to Tell if Lamb Is Fresh

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Mutton, yearling mutton, baby lamb or spring lamb – consumers and butchers in Sydney may call them by different names. Nonetheless, they are one of the best and most popular kinds of meat available owing to their delectable taste. However, like any other kind of meat, their taste will largely be affected by their quality and freshness. If you’re planning to shop for some lamb meat for tonight’s dinner or for the weekend, here are some tips to help ensure that you get fresh and great tasting lamb meat.

Visual Inspection

The first thing that you’ll want to do is to look at the lamb meat for any signs of spoilage. Fresh lamb meat is supposed to have a nice, bright colour. If the colour looks a bit faded or washed out, then there’s a chance that the meat is not fresh. The particular cut or part where the meat came from may affect the colour, but whatever cut or part, it should always have a rich and vibrant colour. In addition, look for any sign of discolouration and spotting. These can be signs that the meat has been mishandled or that it’s old. You should also look at the texture and the grain of the meat and check that it’s tight and uniform. Broken meat grains can also be signs of low quality meat or mishandling. Aside from the meat itself, check the fat which should be white and not yellowish.

Smell

If you are satisfied with how the lamb meat looks, that does not mean that you should consider it fresh right away. In fact, there are many scrupulous sellers who will try to sell you lamb meat which have been treated or gassed with carbon monoxide (which makes the meat have this very bright reddish hue). So aside from visual inspection, you should also try smelling the meat. This should be easy if you’re buying from a butcher since the lamb meat is displayed outright, but can be a bit challenging if you’re buying those lamb meat packed in cellophane and Styrofoam in grocery stores. What you can do though is to poke a small hole in the packaging and sniff from there. Fresh lamb meat should have no rancid smell, and the smell shouldn’t be too strong as well.

Touch

There are certain benefits of buying lamb meat from a butcher in Sydney instead of a grocery store. In line with the above, you can easily smell the lamb meat and determine if it is fresh or not, and you can also touch the meat with your bare hands – which brings us to the third way of determining if lamb meat is fresh or not. When scrutinizing lamb meat, try pressing the meat and the fat with your fingers. Fresh lamb meat will be firm to the touch, and retain no marks when you remove your fingers (old lamb meat will cave in if you press it). In addition, scrape a portion of the meat with your nails. If you get a slimy film on your nails, then the lamb meat is probably not fresh.

These tips are mostly applicable if you buy lamb meat from free range butchers in Sydney (as opposed to buying them packed and refrigerated from grocery stores). If you’re looking for fresh and excellent lamb, beef, or pork, please feel free to get in touch with us at (02) 9826 6122 or visit our shop (shop hours are indicated in our contact page).

 

 

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3 Tips to Get the Best Quality Meats for Your Next Meal

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When cooking an elaborate meal, or just cooking some comfort food for the family, we take care of all the issues we might have to face- the recipe, the condiments, the side dishes and so on. But most often, we forget to take care of the most important aspect- the meat itself. Have there ever been times when you’ve made something delicious- say, pork roast, and it did not turn out as delicious as you wanted it to? It’s a problem with the meat that causes that!

So, how can you make sure that this does not happen during the next big luncheon or party that you are planning? Simple; just follow these tips to get quality meats that will elevate the taste of your meal to a whole new level.

  1. Only buy your meat from trusted places. A trustworthy butcher shop, such as Campisi Butchery will always be able to provide you with the choicest cuts, and a wide range of meats to choose from. No matter what dish you’re cooking- you will be able to find the right meat here at this butcher shop.
  1. At Campisi Butchery, we are here to help you decide which meat would suit your needs the best- if you have any doubts about the kind of meat you should buy, the packaging, storage, anything at all- just let us know and we will give you the right answers.
  1. Now, you can even purchase mouth watering items from our ‘Ready-to-Eat home style menu’. You can choose ready- to-eat quality meats for veal roast, pork roast, beef roast, lamb shanks, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken portions or whole chicken and buffalo chicken wings! All these orders come with a side of sweet potatoes, and baked potatoes/carrots/gravy jus!

If you have any further questions about the meat, please get in touch with Campisi Butchery today. There’s nothing we’d love more than to contribute towards your enjoyment in the next meal!