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Butchery, being one of the world’s oldest and most respected professions dates back to the domestication of livestock when meat was first brought into our regular diet. Whilst today we can simply buy meat from an online butchers shop without thinking twice, there is evidence to show that even pre-historic man was able to primitively...
Butchery, being one of the world’s oldest and most respected professions dates back to the domestication of livestock when meat was first brought into our regular diet. Whilst today we can simply buy meat from an online butchers shop without thinking twice, there is evidence to show that even pre-historic man was able to primitively butcher the giant tortoises and giant sloths that roamed the Florida sinkholes in the U.S.
Whilst many of those few initial meat eaters fully understood the skill and techniques needed to finely carve an animal to provide the maximum of meat from a single body, it wouldn’t be long until the techniques of butchery became a reputed profession.
It was during medieval times that the profession of butchery came into the fore, as preparing the animal and cutting the meat into proper cuts without waste whilst providing high levels of hygiene was paramount to the tastes and demands of customers. Whilst butchery had become popular around the world and evidence found in ancient Rome that showed how the Romans carved and dressed meats, the earliest reference in recent history was in London, England with The Worshipful Company of Butchers Guild which was formed as early as 975AD.
From the initial meetings of butchers at the Butcher’s Hall in London, which grew into existence from the workers of Smithfield Market, regular sharing of techniques and modes of operation were discussed. Whilst many of the butchers at the market made primal cuts to separate the meat from the carcass, other butchers specialised in dividing the meat of an animal into the secondary cuts that we see in supermarkets and restaurants today.
In modern times, the butchers and their butcher shops became popular locations for their quality of meat, personal service and a local expert who could recommend meats and recipes. These qualities certainly continue today, with many people questioning the quality of supermarket meats and finding a distinct lack of variety when it comes to different cuts of meat. Butcher shops step in where many supermarkets fall short in offering a choice of meats and lesser-known cuts that allow for those with even the smallest of budget to eat fresh, healthy and quality meat produce.
In recent times, the supreme skill and techniques of the butcher has grown into a distinct professional service that requires a long period of study to acquire the necessary skills of a seasoned practitioner of butchery. With many apprenticeships in place, the average student requires at least three years of training to become a qualified butcher. There are many associations of professional butchers worldwide, and with many supermarkets and restaurants employing professional butchers in their stores, businesses have quickly realised that providing a professional butchery service is an added benefit to their customers.
Today it has become easier than ever to find quality cuts of meat at reasonable prices. Many online retailers offer the ability to deliver freshly cut meat through online butcher’s shops, allowing you to buy meat online with confidence. Many of these online butchers allow for the purchase of large quantities of meat at discount prices, handing the savings in buying bulk over to their customers.
The relationship with your butcher also lends its hand with online stores, allowing you a wealth of information regarding the source of the meat, its quality assurance as well as recipes and wines to accommodate just about every meat imaginable.
The Christmas season is in full swing and what with all of the great festive foods that are available this year to serve your guests, creating the atmosphere and entertaining everyone are qualities just as important as the grub. Whether you choose to go the traditional route and prepare the full spread of Christmas lunch...
The Christmas season is in full swing and what with all of the great festive foods that are available this year to serve your guests, creating the atmosphere and entertaining everyone are qualities just as important as the grub. Whether you choose to go the traditional route and prepare the full spread of Christmas lunch or want your guests to remember something a little quirky and different – pulling it off on the night is a different task altogether. So to get the best out of this years Christmas lunch, here are five great things you can do to help the day go smoothly, while surprising your guests as little.
1) The Food.
Depending on the style of your Christmas lunch, making sure that everyone gets a healthy portion of the lunch is key to your success. You may opt for the traditional lunch with all of the trimmings and if so, you should make sure that you plan accordingly – even for culinary mistakes. You may want to opt for a true traditional feast of Goose – that will impress the guests, but be sure to hone your recipe with a cut down version before the big day.
If you want something a little more modern and are inviting many more people than you can sit, it is best to create a buffet style Christmas lunch in which the guests can all mingle together and select the food that they wish. Whilst this may be a difficult task to pull off if you are wanting to cook a traditional menu, adding quirky items like mini stuffed turkey breasts and festive finger food always goes down a treat.
2) The decorations.
Nothing brings the holiday cheer like a perfectly decorated home, and what better way to welcome your guests than to light your home in spectacular style. Many exterior decorations can be had for half the price they used to be, and with fun items such as inflatable Christmas characters and decorative lighting ornaments, everyone will know which house is celebrating in style. Be sure to make use of any trees and shrubbery you have around your property, and to keep everything classy with a simple colour scheme and a festive feel.
Interior decoration depends on what style of Christmas dinner you intend to throw, but with a little mix of tradition with modernity you can create a festive feel all of your own. The lunch table is an ideal place to start, with many different centrepieces to choose from. A traditional centrepiece for Christmas lunch may involve an elaborate candle set, a festive flower arrangement or the food itself. You can mix it up a little, but it is important to remember that the lunch table can get a bit crowded and a little frenzied with everyone helping themselves to the delicious dinner, so make sure ample space is allowed for each quest.
3) The gifts.
Christmas is not Christmas without a little Christmas spirit, so what better way to surprise your guests than to invest in a little gift for each person. Traditionally this has been done through Christmas crackers, and whilst you can purchase the average crimbo crackers with a naff joke and a silly hat, many brands are offering luxury crackers with that little something extra inside. Whilst most people may not be able to afford a $1,000 Harrods luxury cracker set, there are plenty of opportunities to create your own gift ideas.
Tailor making Christmas crackers is a simple process, and by purchasing a packet of DIY crackers, you can fill each one with a special gift for each guest, helping to give your Christmas lunch an air of sophistication with a personal touch.
4) The entertainment.
Whether you intend to have children or adults over for you Christmas lunch, everyone will be in the mood for a bit of festive fun. Making sure you have a festive selection of music along with your favourites will help to create the mood you are after, and set the tone of the evening. Whether you intend to go all out traditional with Christmas carols and hymns or choose to celebrate a rocking Christmas with all the classic hits of yesteryear, a huge playlist is recommended to keep everyone’s toes tapping.
Party games are also a great source of fun, as well as being something to help burn off the calories of your Christmas lunch, party games also provide a perfect time to get out the camera and document your family and friends during this successful Christmas luncheon. Christmas charades is also a crowd pleaser, with everyone involved it can bring out even the most timid of party guests. The latest video games on offer always give people a chance to witness gran win a fist fight with uncle bob or see your colleagues battle it out for the poker crown. Karaoke and pass the parcel are ever popular with the kids, so involve the whole family.
5) Mistletoe, wine, cocktails and Santa!
Nothing brings with it the Christmas spirit more than a merry old man serving up a fine assortment of cocktails for all of the guests. Whether you are making a traditional mulled wine, or enjoying a Christmas cocktail, the festive period allows for a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages to be enjoyed by all. Whether you prefer a little non-alcoholic Christmas cosmopolitan with your Christmas pudding to finish a successful lunch, or need a little late evening Kahlua coffee and biscuit cocktail to ring in the holiday spirit, these drinks will go down a treat at any holiday party, no matter who the guests may be.
To finish your Christmas lunch in style, why not don the Father Christmas garb and hand out a few bites to eat, a selection of little gifts or finally the Christmassy cocktails. With your Christmas lunch planned out before the big day, you will be able to see this particular year flow smoothly, and allow for any extra additions to the party well ahead of time. With a great selection of food, a great party atmosphere and the decorations to set the right tone, your Christmas lunch this year will be one to remember for years to come.
With Christmas creeping up seemingly faster each year, now is the time to plan your perfect Christmas lunch. Many people decide to change their Christmas lunches to something a little more modern with a different choice of meat or side dishes to go with the main meal. With such a huge selection of delicious meat...
With Christmas creeping up seemingly faster each year, now is the time to plan your perfect Christmas lunch. Many people decide to change their Christmas lunches to something a little more modern with a different choice of meat or side dishes to go with the main meal. With such a huge selection of delicious meat to choose from these days, opting for the traditional lunch is a perfect way to ensure the whole family will enjoy the meal.
The choice of meat is an important one to consider, but with many traditional recipes featuring turkey, goose or pork, it is the side dishes and trimmings that you can focus on to make your Christmas lunch the talk of the town. A rather uncommon meat is Goose, which offers a rich meat similar to turkey but arguably more tasty. With a high fat content that gives the meat a perfect base of flavour, goose is fantastic when served with roasted potatoes – a winning combination you’re sure to enjoy.
Roasted goose is perfect for stuffing, and with a traditional stuffing consisting of sage and onion, rosemary and apple can also be added to counter the richness of the meat and allow a fruity taste to cut through this gamey bird. One of the secrets to a great Christmas roasted goose is to cater for how many people you are cooking for. The smaller the goose, the younger the goose and the leaner and tender the meat. It is advised rather than to buy an excessively large goose to cook for a large family, you may wish to cook two geese to cater for more than 4 people.
Duck is another great traditional Christmas lunch meat, and with its delicious rich taste it’s perfect for those special occasions to feed the family. Due to its rather small size, you will not find a lot of meat on the bird due to the high fat content and large cavity, but this only increases its taste and allows you to stuff it with delicious ingredients to suit your diners’ tastes. The rich flavour of duck combines well with vegetables and stuffing flavours. Quick tip – when combined with a mushroom, truffle and onion stuffing, duck makes for an unforgettable Christmas lunch.
Turkey is by far the most popular Christmas bird to cook for lunch, and it’s been the cause of many a Christmas afternoon snooze! Combined with traditionally roasted vegetables and side dishes, you can never go wrong with a well cooked turkey. A wide variety of stuffing can be used in combination with basting to create a mouth wateringly delicious meat that can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator. So you can see why it’s so popular!
Welcome to the Central Vic Meats blog! Based in Bendigo, we are butchers with more than 5 years combined experience and we’re committed to delivering quality meat directly to your door. Here on our blog, you’ll find info about our services, the industry itself, happenings in Bendigo and anything else we find interesting! We’re lucky...
Welcome to the Central Vic Meats blog! Based in Bendigo, we are butchers with more than 5 years combined experience and we’re committed to delivering quality meat directly to your door. Here on our blog, you’ll find info about our services, the industry itself, happenings in Bendigo and anything else we find interesting!
We’re lucky to have such high quality beef here in Australia. In celebration of the fact, we’ve decided to discuss two of our favourite beef dishes to kick off the blog.
One of the best premium cuts of beef is the Eye Fillet or Tenderloin. This famously delicate prime cut of beef comes from the back ribs of the cow and is usually the most expensive beef product.
One popular recipe for a beef Eye Fillet is prepared by roasting the fillet itself. This method allows the meat is able to slowly cook in its own juices, locking the flavour inside. While it’s great on its own, a mushroom ragout sauce is an excellent accompaniment that will bring out the flavour of in the beef. Rehydrate some Porcini mushrooms in a bowl of hot water until they are tender before chopping coarsely. Heat a little butter in a saucepan and add olive oil to taste. Add a little double cream and stir the chopped mushrooms in for 15 minutes until browned. Keep on the heat until the sauce reduces to the consistency of a delicate sauce and add to the beef to serve.
By combining a little extra-virgin olive oil, some freshly chopped thyme a tablespoon of minced garlic along with a little salt and some cracked black pepper, you have created the perfect rub-in sauce for your Eye Fillet. When placed on a heavy duty baking sheet, rub the mixture into the meat until fully covered to give your prime cut a deliciously succulent accompaniment to its natural flavour.
New York Peppered Steak
This recipe is quite simple and a great one for a hot afternoon on the patio with a few mates. It can also be prepared in under 20 minutes on the barbeque and goes down wonderfully with a beer or two.
Coarsely crush peppercorns with a pestle until they have cracked to release all of their flavour and cover one side of the steak with the resulting crushed peppercorns. Press firmly on the meat until the peppercorns lay into the texture of the meat. Sprinkle the beef with some lime juice and salt to taste and repeat the process on the other side to completely cover the meat. It then needs to rest and marinate in the flavour in the fridge for up to 3 hours.
When the marinating process is completed, heat your grill to its maximum and dowse in a little olive oil. Place the steak in the hottest part of the grill for roughly three minutes and turn over for a further three minutes to sear the steak and lock in that famous peppercorn juiciness inside. After the searing is done, place the steak onto a cooler part of the grill and heat according to your tastes. Serve with fries and a sauce of your choosing and savour the flavours!
With the simple addition of a few roasted vegetables and greens such as potatoes, grilled asparagus and shallots, your beef steak recipes will go down a treat for any occasion. When you’re serving prime cuts of beef that pack all of the great flavour already, you do not necessarily need to add anything spectacular to impress.
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