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SVO Farmer Focus Free Range & Organic Chicken — Unpacking the Label

August 12th, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 25,029 times • 3 min read

Now, more than ever, people want answers — where does your food come from? And what kind of care is put into your food before it lands on the shelf? At Farmer Focus, they believe that customers should have these answers at their fingertips. That is why they provide free range and organic chicken that is 100% traceable to the farm where it was raised. With the use of their 4-letter Farm I.D. and the help of third-party auditors who verify...

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Fair Trade Certified Wild Blue Shrimp: What does that label really mean?

August 3rd, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 8,849 times • 5 min read

From coffee and chocolate to beauty products and clothing — you’ve probably heard of Fair Trade Certified™ or may have seen their signature green and black seal on some of your favorite items — maybe even on the packaging of our Wild Caught Mexican Blue Shrimp from Del Pacifico, the first and only Fair Trade Certified wild shrimp company! But what does it really mean when something is Fair Trade Certified? How does it actually help the...

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What's written on a Japanese Wagyu cattle nose print certificate?

July 14th, 2020 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 17,612 times • 1 min read

Besides the incredible marbling and exquisite flavor profile, another thing to admire about Japanese Wagyu is the system of 100% traceability for every animal. The nose print certificates, which track every animal's lineage, place of birth and other details, are the carefully-managed centerpiece of this system. Starting in July of this year, we are offering Kobe Beef, and for the lucky few who are able to score some of this rare Wagyu, we...

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Kobe Beef: Japan's Iconic Wagyu

July 2nd, 2020 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 14,680 times • 1 min read

Kobe Beef is iconic. You could visit the Medina of Fez, a pool hall in Kiev or a village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and ask almost anyone — and they would tell you they’ve heard of Kobe Beef. There are few things in the culinary world as highly regarded or as rare. It’s scarcity has contributed to its overall aura. Only a relatively small group of farmers and processors in Hyogo Prefecture are qualified to raise it, and each calf...

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How to Make a Wagyu Katsu Sando at Home

May 21st, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 60,101 times • 2 min read

The internet’s been abuzz with a trendy steak sandwich known as the Wagyu Katsu Sando — a crunchy, panko-breaded and fried cutlet of A5 nestled between two buttery slices of toasted white bread, and topped with a tangy sauce. Popularized in Japan, this dish has made its way across Instagram and into American cuisine — rightfully celebrated for its tender, ultra-marbled, beefy middle and crispy outer layer. Only a few restaurants in the US...

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How to Make Wagyu Brisket Bacon

April 8th, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 17,423 times • 2 min read

Bacon is universally loved. It’s the perfect combination of crispiness and chew, a literal wave of savory, salty goodness that makes it completely irresistible. While it’s usually associated with pork, BBQ aficionados are raving about the beef version — cured and smoked beef belly (navel). Another variety of beef bacon uses the brisket (what the navel connects to). Since brisket is leaner than the belly, it’s essential to have lots of...

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Japanese Wagyu Butchery 101

March 31st, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 20,737 times • 3 min read

Japanese Wagyu is one of the most luxurious foods in the world — a distinction earned not just because of its unique Kuroge genetics, but because of the many traditions practiced in Japan, spanning from the way the animals are raised to how the meat is rated, how the steaks are sliced and cooked, and even how the carcasses are butchered. There are a few key differences in Japanese Wagyu butchery versus that in the United States: carcass...

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Home Sweet Home-Cooked Meals: 15 Recipes from 3 Cuts of Meat

March 17th, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 14,312 times • 2 min read

A lot of us are staying home more often, and that means more family time is centered around food. Plan your week out and win at home in the most delicious way possible with a meat-centric meal plan! Check out these 15 dish ideas with recipes for 3 essential cuts (and read on for the chance to be featured in our next post!). #1: Ground Beef (or Ground Chicken, Ground Turkey, and Ground Pork) is perhaps the most versatile cut and can be made...

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Salmon Raised Right: My Visit to Frøya, Norway

February 12th, 2020 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,098 times • 3 min read

In January, I visited the remote island of Frøya in western Norway: population 4,962. It was a many-hours drive from anywhere, just off the coast and beyond the protection of the fjords — home of the PrimeWaters salmon we now offer. It’s salmon raised right, without antibiotics or growth hormones, and, in my opinion, in one of the most sustainable ways possible. Salmon prepared at Havheim Restaurant, Hotell Frøya I’m in love with seafood,...

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Regenerative Farming 101

January 13th, 2020 by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 15,413 times • 4 min read

What is it and why is it important? Soil on Richards Ranch — 100% Grass-fed, Grass-finished and EOV Certified Farm There are lots of labels and certifications out there — everything from Certified Organic to Certified Humane and even certified Predator Friendly. Certifications help create a standard among farms — something tangible to work toward and something tangible consumers can use to help them make better decisions for themselves when it...

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