• What is the Keto Diet?

    Low-carb diets have been around for decades. One of the latest iterations is the ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Under this plan, dieters restrict their carbohydrate intake and replace it with fat. The idea is to force the body to burn fat reserves rather getting energy from carbs. The resulting metabolic state, called ketosis, results in weight loss.

    Use the information here to help you decide if keto could be right for you.

    Benefits of Ketogenic Diets

    • Weight loss: The biggest reason people start a ketogenic diet is to lose weight. It’s ideal for people hoping to drop pounds. Keto is less suitable for athletes and bodybuilders.
    • Treatment for metabolic dysfunction: Keto largely targets harmful abdominal fat, which is beneficial for reaching your target weight and treating metabolic dysfunction so common in the West today.
    • Diabetes treatment: The keto diet helps you lose excess fat, which is closely tied to type 2 diabetes. It also helps lower insulin and blood sugar levels. In many cases, people with type 2 diabetes end up reducing or going off their medications entirely thanks to the effects of keto.
    • Heart health: The ketogenic diet reduces many risk factors for heart disease, including body fat, triglycerides, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
    • Brain health: People with Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and brain injuries can benefit from the keto diet because it converts fat into ketones, supplying energy to the brain in the process.

    What to Eat on the Keto Diet

    If you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of keto, you must understand which foods to eat and which to avoid. In general, any high-protein, high-fat food is acceptable. Here are some examples of what to eat on the keto diet:

    • Meat, including beef, pork, poultry and lamb in all their varieties
    • Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel
    • Animal-derived products, including eggs, butter and cheese
    • Plant fats, such as nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados
    • Low-carb vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers and most green veggies

    Then, you should cut out as many carbohydrates as possible. Avoid eating the following when you’re on a ketogenic diet:

    • Grains, including bread, rice and pasta
    • Fruit, except for small servings of berries
    • Beans and legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans
    • Root vegetables, including carrots, potatoes and yams
    • Alcohol, including wine, beer and hard liquor
    • Sugary food, such as soda, juice, candy and desserts

    If you decide to try the keto diet, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits. Then, stock up on high-quality meat to facilitate your diet. You can find all the tender and juicy cuts you’re looking for at R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. We have been serving up fresh and frozen steak, sausage, bacon, chicken and turkey since 1971. To learn more about our products, or to ask questions, please visit us in Redding, CA or call us at (530) 241-7770.

  • How to Tell Which Cut of Steak is Best

    So, you’ve found a great steak recipe, and now you’re eager to fire up the grill. Before you get cooking, you need to pick the right piece of meat. Here’s how to tell which cut of steak is best.

    Thickness

    It’s important to consider the thickness of the meat with just about any cut of steak. Thinner cuts can turn out fine, but they’re more difficult to master. Only one minute too long in the oven or on the grill could render your steak tough and hard to chew.

    Thicker steaks give you more leeway, making it easier to achieve the perfect grill marks without overcooking the meat. Shop for steaks that are at least one-inch thick, no matter your cooking method.

    Marbling

    The white lines running through a cut of steak are called marbling, another fancy name for “fat.” It’s a common mistake to think you don’t want fat in your steak. However, a fair amount of marbling will give your steak a tender, juicy flavor. As it cooks, the marbling breaks down, leaving the perfect texture and taste behind.

    Of course, you don’t want a fatty steak, either. Look for thin, even lines of marbling throughout the cut rather than chunks of fat. You can also trim white areas from the edges if you prefer.

    Cut

    Knowing what cut to look for is the most important part of telling which steak is best. Some of our favorite cuts include:

    • T-bone: This is one of the most popular cuts at steakhouses because it comes with two steaks in one: tenderloin on one side and strip steak on the other. Of course, this also makes it trickier to cook properly.
    • Porterhouse: This larger, slightly less tender version of a T-bone steak delivers savory flavors when cooked correctly. It also takes some mastery because of the two-steaks-in-one characteristic.
    • Ribeye: This cut comes with excellent marbling for superior flavor and tenderness. You can find bone-in and boneless versions, both of which are delicious.
    • Filet mignon: The royal member of the steak family, filet mignon comes from a small area of the tenderloin close to the ribs, making it extremely
    • Top sirloin: Because this cut of steak originates from a more muscular part of the animal, it turns out best when served rare or medium-rare.
    • Strip steak: This cut comes from the short loin behind the ribs, a large area of the animal that also facilitates T-bone and porterhouse steaks. It’s the most affordable cut on this list of favorites.

    With so many types of steak to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed by your options. Fortunately, you can receive the personalized advice you need from R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. Our retail location in Redding, CA is the perfect place to browse a wide selection of USDA Certified organic beef in all your favorite cuts. If you have any questions, or you want to learn more, please contact us at (530) 241-7770 today.