Gift Giving Guide: Selecting a Gift of Meat

So you’ve decided you want to “wow” all the foodies and gourmet food-lovers on your wish list this year with the gift of some amazing steaks. Now it’s time to decide exactly which meats to give.

There’s no need to be overwhelmed by the many delicious options. We’re here to help you narrow down your choices and select the perfect gift for each person on your list.

Signature Gift Box

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3 Reasons Why Meat is the Best Gift You Can Give this Holiday

When you give a gift, you want to thoroughly delight your recipient. You’re looking for surprise, elation, a smile, or perhaps a gasp, right? Well, how about making them salivate as well?

You can elicit all these reactions by giving the epitome of food gifts—the finest and freshest meats money can buy.


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T-Roy Cooks’ Oven-Roasted Turkey: Old School with a Twist

Our good friend Troy at T-Roy Cooks is in the kitchen to demonstrate what is probably the most popular way to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey: oven-roasted.

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Fresh is Best, and Here’s Why

Have you ever frozen a strawberry? While you may put in the freezer a plump, brilliant red, juice-filled berry, what you take out and thaw is deflated, greyish, and mushy.

That’s because, when the moisture inside the berry freezes, it expands within the strawberry and the cell walls are broken. When the strawberry thaws, the cells simply collapse, the berry purges its juices, and it no longer retains its original shape and texture.

Now, imagine doing that to the magnificent, cherry-red steak you just bought from Lobel’s of New York.

Porterhouse

The effects of freezing meat are not as drastic and damaging as freezing a strawberry, but the longer meat is frozen, the more significant and obvious the negative effects of freezing become.

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USDA Grades: Quality You Can See

The first step to enjoying a great piece of beef is being able to identify a great piece of beef on sight.

So how do you compare one to another? It’s all in knowing what to look for.

To answer the call, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a system by which beef lovers can see and choose the best in its class: the USDA Quality Grading System.

Strip Steak Raw and Cooked

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Culinary Classic: Tacos

October 4th is National Taco Day. Not only that, but National Taco Day also falls on a Tuesday this year, making it a Super Taco Tuesday! How much do you know about everyone’s favorite Tuesday-night, build-your-own, family dinner dish?

Taco

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Dry Aging: The Key to the Ultimate Steak

Dry aging makes the difference between a good steak and an unforgettable steak.

Once an old-world process for preserving meat, dry aging in today’s world of convenience and shortcuts is a vanishing art—a labor-intensive process practiced by very few to achieve the epitome of flavor, tenderness, and juiciness.

The Lobels are among the few practitioners anywhere of old fashioned, dry-aging methods, in their own patented dry-aging lockers, for up to six weeks—longer than most beef purveyors.

Porterhouse

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Culinary Classic: Steak au Poivre

Steak au Poivre is a classic sauté dish in which primary flavor component comes from crushed peppercorns that are pressed into the surface of a cut of steak. After the steak is seared and sautéed, it is topped with a flamed cognac-cream pan sauce.

Filet Mignon

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Cut of the Month: Tri-Tip

The Lobel family of Lobel’s Prime Meats in Manhattan and Lobel’s of New York online butcher shop are fourth- and fifth-generation butchers. With our Cut of the Month series, we will bring you their wealth of knowledge and expertise on specific cuts of meat, including their unique characteristics, preparation methods, and how to select the best cut.

The beef tri-tip comes from the bottom sirloin in the hindquarter, between the top sirloin and flank, and weighs 1 ½ to 2 ½ pounds. The “tri” portion of its name is derived from the muscle’s triangular shape.

USDA Prime Beef Tri-Tip
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Spice Explorer: Blackening Seasoning

Do you find yourself using the same spices and herbs over and over again? Want to get exotic? You don’t have to fly around the planet to get that experience. You can do it right in your own kitchen. With Spice Explorer, we’re taking you on a trip, a journey of palate-pleasing discoveries. Every culture has certain flavor characteristics that make its cuisine unique, distinctive, identifiable. Inject your cooking with new life and new flavors from around the world with Lobel’s Spice Explorer. Buckle up! Here we go!

Spices and bottles

Blackening is an incendiary cooking technique that fuses spicy dry seasonings into a crispy, intensely flavored, buttery crust. It was originally used on fish, but the technique has been applied to all manner of meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.

The late and legendary Louisiana chef, Paul Prudhomme, invented the technique in the mid-80s, and rocked the food world for a loop that has rippled through popular food culture for more than 30 years.

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