I was asked the other day about what quality Butchers Knifes set would make a great gift for Christmas, so I suggested taking a look at my Best Butchers Knives Choices article on the knives that I used and still use, but I also went on to Amazon to check out some other brands as well.
I came across an old brand called F.Dick and remembered that my very first sharpening steel was an F.Dick. It was one with a wooden handle and I don’t think there are many companies that make butchering items with wooden handles anymore. I don’t have it anymore because we had our butcher shop broken into and the thieves stole all of our knives and my prized steel. I bought another F.Dick but only plastic handle items were available.
Traeger Grills Ironwood 885 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
Traegers BBQ Grills Range has gained a great reputation amongst the BBQ grilling community and with quality grills they have stamped themselves as an industry leader for BBQ Grills. For those that want to take their BBQ grilling and smoking to the next level there is no better than the Traeger Ironwood 885 Pellet Grill.
Pellet grills work by a screw-shaped auger pushing a steady flow of wood pellets that have been pressed into a burning fire pot from a hopper. The burning and smoldering pellets then fills the chamber with smoke and the right amount of heat. A fan then directs flowing air around the grill chamber to an amount wanted and for how much time the smoke needs to spend around the food. The Traeger Ironwood 885 does this beautifully. Continue reading →
Ostrich is the largest of the flightless birds in the world. Even though they can’t fly, they is the fastest two legged animal in the world running as fast as 70km/hour. The Ostrich is classified in the group of Ratite bird with two main species being the Somali Ostrich and Common Ostrich.
The healthy benefits of tasty Ostrich meat have been enjoyed by many people over history and becoming a popular favourite of chef’s around the world. With it’s great taste and nutrition, combining it with quality ingredients, Ostrich meat brings versatility to cooking. Ostrich meat has an amazing fresh meat taste without the gamey after-taste. Continue reading →
Seth and Scott, the Bearded Butchers, have decided to explain the differences and similarities between the tasty and popular meat cuts that come from the rib section of the animals. They’ve put together a great video firstly showing where the beef and pork ribs are on the carcasses and how they are cut down and prepared the way you see them ready for purchase and cooking in your butchers.
They go through explaining and showing how different styles of cutting preparation can produce different items from the same first primal piece of meat. Seth does a side by side comparison of beef ribs and pork ribs showing that they are similar but have their own differences because of size and textures. The guys go all the way and perform a full on cooking demo with their friend Dan using their own Bearded Butcher Spice Blends, showing their techniques on how to deliver an incredible tasty cooked end product.
My friend Matt Ona, whom I was lucky to have met in Shanghai many years ago, has developed his own video series of how he prepares his culinary exquisite meals.His series is called The Cut Concepts in China, Taste Map 5.0… where he shares his knowledge on the foods he works with, where they come from and then turns them into meals fit for any food lover.
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Veal meat is another category of meat deriving from bovine. Bovine is the technical name for beef, cows and cattle. Veal is processed from the youngest cattle aging to around 20 weeks, but in some countries it can be even older, and also as young as only days old. Weights ranging from around 30kg up to 250kg and again, in some countries, mainly European, even heavier. As a butcher I tend to believe that any carcass heavier than 250kg is tending towards baby beef and leaving the veal categorization. But this is my opinion only.Continue reading →
I am adding a few videos of how to proceed with boning and trimming down of the forequarter beef primal cuts so that they are ready for slicing, portioning and ready for cooking or sale to customers.
The videos are short and to the point showing how butchers in Australia prepare meat. The methods of breaking down the forequarter shown in this selection are different from the way that I breakdown but they still finish with the same results. Watching the videos I can say that I could use both methods.Continue reading →
What types of pork ribs are there and which one should I buy? This question was asked to me by a friend the other day so I gave him a bit of an explanation and decided to write an article all about ribs.
There are four main types of ribs that you will find in pork and everyone of them is delicious. They can be called different names in different countries but once you see a few pictures you will get the idea and understand each cut easily when you decide to go and find some for your next Pork Rib BBQ session.Continue reading →
Below I have added a video of Seth and Scott Perkins, the Bearded Butchers from Creston Ohio, breaking down, portioning and slicing a whole Deer carcass. These guys have a thriving butchering business where they supply the finest quality meats to their customers from a variety of meat types. They slaughter the stock themselves, cut and prepare for their customers and they also have their own brand of Bearded Butchers Spice Blend that home delivers across the states and internationally.Continue reading →