When it comes to seasoning, most of us reach straight for the salt and pepper, but there are so many other possibilities at our fingertips for perfectly seasoned meat.

Knowing how to use spices can greatly enhance and even change the flavour of all your meat dishes.  When adding herbs and spices, it is best to leave out the salt until the meat has been permeated with flavour.  Adding salt too early will seal up the pores of the meat and prevent the flavour of the herbs and spices to fully flavour it.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite spices that go perfectly with different meats:

Beef:

Beef is a hearty, red meat that marries well with equally rich flavourings.

The following flavours compliment beef:

  • Bay leaves
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
Rib-Eye Steak - Rib Eye - Beef

Pork:

Pork is classified as a red meat as it is derived from livestock but has a mild flavour and is lighter in colour when cooked.

The following flavours compliment pork:

  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Sage
  • Oregano
Breaded Pork Cutlets - Pork

Chicken:

Chicken has a more delicate flavour than the other meats mentioned here, less distinctive but just as delicious.

The following flavours compliment chicken:

  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
Chicken Cutlets

Basic tips

Use good spices. Spice experts, and many home cooks, will tell you that you get the best flavor by grinding whole spices yourself. But I’m a realist, and I realize you’re probably like me and have a bunch of ground spices in jars. If you have the whole ones, great. (Toast them in a dry skillet first over low heat for extra flavor.) If you don’t have whole spices, don’t worry. As long as your jars are not too old (a year is a good cutoff) and still smell strong — the volatile oils in spices gradually dissipate over time, especially once ground — you’re fine. Plus, a blend means even if one spice is slightly waning in flavor, it can be propped up by the others.

Pick a point of emphasis. The first thing you want to ask yourself is what you want the blend to taste like. What do you want the primary flavor to be? Spicy? Smoky? That can help you direct you to one initial spice that you can build the rest of your blend around. Or pick a particular type of cuisine that might drive your choice of spices, whether it’s an Indian masala or American barbecue.

Mix your flavors. Bernard likes to break the flavor options into a few main categories: sweet, spicy, salty and bitter. Try to hit on at least a few of those groups to achieve balance. Bernard does have some words of warning, though. “Don’t make it too spicy because the last thing you want to do is numb your mouth,” she says. Other spices can quickly overwhelm, including ginger and garlic. Salt can also wash everything else out. Bernard cautions to be especially careful with smoked salt. She prefers to keep blends in a savory direction, so don’t get carried away with sugar, either. Add just enough to round out the flavor.

Remember, when it comes to seasoning the key is to taste, add spices, taste again, and do it until your taste buds are completely satisfied.

What are your favourites?

Excited to open the doors - Just a couple rules we have to implement

Good evening!

We are all very excited to open the doors and see our community family face to face once again!!

Just a few things we need to go over to help make everything run smoothly.
We ask that EVERYONE please wear a mask if at all possible when visiting the store. ** it’s a small space and extra precautions are needed to keep everyone safe
Just a couple rules we have to implement through phase 2:
~ Only 5 customers are allowed in the store at a time, we ask if possible only 1 person per household come shopping...Maybe a good game of rock,paper, sissors to decide who gets to go?
~When entering the store there will be a table set up with hand sanitizer we ask that you use this and the gloves we have provided to shop through the store. This helps keep items through the store more sterile and hopefully reduce contamination from touching.
~ Please refrain from touching products as best you can unless purchasing it, example: the buns on the rack are all the same freshness squeezing multiple packs may lead to bun purchases you may not want.. but we do have the product to go with those buns 😏
~ We ask that you stand back when being served and not lean on or over the counter tops try not to touch, poke or tap the glass as it spookes the meat and may cause stress to your food... it also helps keep the glass as clean as possible for your protection. 😬
~ when shopping keep in mind other customers can be waiting to come in we ask still no casual shopping ... May we suggest trying the get in, get out, we appreciate your business and tell your friends method 😜

Thank you again for your support ,keep practicing safe social distancing and interacting when in public.
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** We are still accepting orders online and will continue to do so indefinitely. Pick ups can now be done inside the store.