Los Angeles, Ca, June 21,2014- Belcampo Meat Company strives to bring the consumer a better quality meat product. Their restaurants and butcher shops are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lakspur and Santa Barbara California (with a few more locations opening in the near future).
Duane and Chef Mary are talking to Belcampo about the importance of spending more to get more out of your meat.
Though they are not located across the country there are lots of farmers, butchers and stores that take pride in their meat and will give you an equally good product.
Belcamp starts with a deep rich soil with a variety of sustainable plants for their cows, pigs and other animals to graze on while roaming their lands. The blend of grasses gives the meat a unique and earthy flavor.
They are a certified Organic farm, processing plant, butcher shop and restaurant. As a consumer it sometimes feels overwhelming to know what to buy, organic, natural, prime, choice, select, grass fed, etc. The cream the crop is going to be a grass fed organic meat. It will offer no hormones, antibiotics, and the animal is able to roam free until they are harvested.
However, in case you’re curious about the difference between the other terms here is a brief summary to help you navigate labels, super markets and hopefully butcher shops.
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Organic- Meat that has no antibiotics, hormones and minimizing to the best of their ability pollutants and other toxins.
Natural– Meat that cannot have artificial flavors or colorings and has to be minimally processed.
Grass Fed– An animal that has eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest.
Prime– a term created by the USDA to help regulate meat for consumers. Prime is from young well fed cattle that provide flavorful meat. They have good marbling, which creates a richer product.
Choice- Still good quality meat but it doesn’t have as much marbling as prime.
Select– A uniform piece of meat and tends to have less fat and less flavor. This meat should be marinated and braised to optimize flavor.
Good quality meat is expensive and it is a conscious choice, join Duane and Chef Mary as we learn why we should make it our first choice.
In the mean time here is one of my favorite recipes to serve with any piece of meat. The spicy-and-light chimichurri sauce served with a hearty flavorful steak.
Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
1 lb skirt steak
1-tablespoon light olive oil
¾ cup chopped curly parsley
2 tbsp chopped basil leaves
2 tsp oregano
3 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp chili flakes
½ lemon juiced
¼ red wine vinegar
2 tbsp good olive oil
Salt and pepper
Directions for Chimichurri:
In a mixing bowl, add the chopped parsley, basil and oregano.
Add the minced garlic, chili flakes, vinegar, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and good olive oil.
Season the chimichurri with salt and pepper.
If you like your chimichurri spicy, add more chili flakes. Let stand for 1-3 hours before serving.
Directions for Skirt Steak:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse and pat the skirt steak dry.
Set aside for 15-20 minutes to rise to room temperature.
Season the skirt steak with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat a sauté pan (that can be placed in the oven) with light olive oil and sear the steak presentation side down for 4-5 minutes and then place in the oven for 5-6 minutes for a medium rare to medium temperature.
Remove from the oven and serve with the spaghetti squash and chimichurri.
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