• What to Look for When Buying Seafood

    Many of us love seafood, but we have a tendency to stick to what we know and we aren’t exactly sure how to choose the best seafood. When walking into a deli or grocery store, you probably don’t know how fresh their fish is, where it came from, or what qualities to look for. The following tips can help you know what you should be looking for to make sure your seafood is fresh and high quality.

    Fish Fillets

    For fish fillets with the skin still on them, look for it to be shiny and metallic in appearance. Fish fillets should not feature a pungent aroma. If there’s any liquid on the fillet, make sure it’s clear and not milky. Milky fluid is the first stage of rot. If allowed, push down on the fillet with your finger and ensure that it’s resilient enough so your fingerprint is not left behind.

    Whole Fish

    The four main components that can help you determine if seafood is fresh and high quality are the eyes, the flesh, the smell, and the gills.

    • Eyes – When it comes to fresh fish, the eyes have it. It may seem like a funny suggestion, but take a look into the eyes of the fish you are considering. Bright and clear eyes suggest a fresh fish, whereas dull eyes indicate a fish that may be past its prime.
    • Flesh – You should be looking for a fish’s flesh to be shiny and moist. Avoid fish with dull flesh or discolored patches because it might not be so fresh.
    • Smell – Fresh fish shouldn’t smell like much at all. If it does have a smell to it, it should remind you of the ocean, where it recently came from. A sour smell or an ammonia-like smell both indicate that you should probably move on to another fish.
    • Gills – Fresh fish usually have bright red or pink gills, but be careful because sometimes they’re removed. Muddy brown or faded brick colored gills are signs that the fish might not be fresh.

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood features the North State’s largest seafood display and selection. Check out our weekly specials or visit us today.

  • How Eating Seafood Can Benefit Your Health

    Once most people taste some delicious seafood they don’t have to be convinced. With that being said, there are still plenty of Americans who choose not to eat seafood, and they likely don’t realize the health benefits they’re missing out on.

    Seafood provides plenty of protein and is relatively low in what are considered bad fats. Out of all animal proteins, seafood has the least amount of fat. One of the biggest benefits of eating seafood is the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids it provides. Health benefits of those omega-3s include:

    • Improving and maintaining cardiovascular health
    • Assisting in the regulation of vessel constriction and blood clotting
    • Decreasing the symptoms of depression
    • Reducing tissue inflammation and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
    • Correcting irregular heartbeats
    • Slower mental decline in the elderly

    Eating fish provides many important nutrients that can’t be obtained from eating other foods. Fish has high amounts of iodine, vitamins, and minerals. Seafood contains high amounts of fat-soluble vitamin D, and that’s important because more than 40% of people in the U.S. are deficient in that vitamin. Eating seafood has several other health benefits including:

    • Lowered risk of heart attacks and strokes
    • Reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes
    • Improved sleep
    • Decreased risk of macular degeneration leading to vision impairment and blindness

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood offers sustainable, local seafood and the North State’s largest seafood display and selection. Depending on seasons and weather, we offer several varieties of seafood such as:

    • Fresh Dungeness crab
    • Wild-caught salmon
    • Oysters
    • Cod
    • Shrimp
    • Halibut
    • Catfish
    • Clams
    • Mussels
    • And more

    We pride ourselves on providing you with unparalleled freshness, quality, and selection and much of our fresh seafood comes from the California and Oregon coast. Visit us today in Redding at 2159 East Street.

  • Here’s How Much Protein You Should Be Eating Daily

    We all know that protein is essential to our health, but knowing how much to eat can be a bit of a mystery. Recommendations from government agencies are often low, at a level that prevents deficiency, but isn’t really high enough for people to thrive. The truth is, protein is essential to the health of your hair, blood, muscles, connective tissues, and much more. How much protein is enough? It depends on your goals and who you ask.

    The Recommended Dietary Allowance, or RDA, for protein is only about 10% of the average American’s diet. In truth, most of us eat a diet that’s about 16% protein, but many experts argue that neither of these amounts is actually high enough. In fact, many believe that eating a diet composed of about 25% protein is a better goal. However, the more important question is one of quality. The general consensus is that it’s important to eat high-quality proteins and adjust the amount to meet your particular needs.

    • If you’re trying to lose weight: Eating more protein, perhaps 25-30% of your calories, can help reduce cravings by giving you a feeling of fullness. Protein can also boost your metabolism, as well as building and maintaining muscle mass, which can not only help you lose weight but prevent you from gaining it in the first place.
    • If the goal is to build muscle: There’s a reason bodybuilders pack in the protein. Protein is well-known for increasing muscle tissue and strength. Rather than calculating a dietary percentage, though, general wisdom holds that consuming about one gram of protein per pound of body weight should be the goal to build muscle.
    • An increase in protein can help certain situations : People who are extremely active or have physically demanding jobs can benefit from more protein, as can people who are recovering from injuries. Extra protein is also good for elderly people because it helps prevent osteoporosis and reduction of muscle mass.

    What is considered a high-quality protein? The best protein sources are rich in nutrients but low in saturated fat and carbohydrates. Seafood tops the list, but lean meats, nuts, and legumes are also good options.

    Eating a variety of seafood and lean meats is one way to make sure your diet has enough protein. R&R Quality Meats & Seafood have always offered the best meats in a wide variety, and today we have the finest selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, seafood, deli meats, cheeses, and more. Committed to customer service, we offer meat cut fresh throughout the day, and work hard to give you what you want when you want it. To learn more about all that R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has to offer, visit our website or call 530-241-7770 today.

  • Delicious Wine & Seafood Pairings

    When you’re planning a delicious seafood meal, don’t forget to think about wine to complement your perfect recipe. The right wine can enhance your dining, bringing out the flavor of your seafood and making your meal truly memorable. You may have a tried and true favorite, but it’s worth considering trying something different if it will truly complement your seafood dish.

    • For a mild flavored fish like halibut, try a white to light red wine. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Sémillon are all good choices, and for something more exotic, consider Gewürztraminer, a sweetly aromatic wine.
    • Sparkling white wines go well with crab or sushi. Of course, sake is another good option for sushi, and Dungeness crab practically begs for Chardonnay. Caviar, of course, deserves champagne.
    • For fresh oysters, consider a white wine, like a Chardonnay or Riesling. You might also try a dry white Burgundy. For clams, a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice, while for mussels, you’ll enjoy not only Pinot Grigio, but also Verdicchio, Bardolino, or a Sicilian Chiarandà.
    • When salmon is on the menu, look for a low tannin wine. Pinot Noir should probably be your top pick, but Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and dry Rosé are also excellent. These are also good with other meaty fish, like Mahi-mahi, Swordfish, Tuna, or Mackerel.
    • Dining on Sea Bass, Haddock, Tilapia, or Flounder? It’s time for a crisp, clean, Sauvignon Blanc. A few other options include Italian Pinot Grigio or Vermentino, or a Greek or Portuguese white.
    • For shrimp and lobster, there are some excellent options. A Brut sparkling wine is a great option for either, or you might try Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Other wines that pair well with these are Pinot Blanc and Chenin Blanc.

    Whichever wine you decide to pair with it, you can trust R&R Quality Meats & Seafood to provide the right seafood, adhering to high standards of quality and offering a wide variety of options. Committed to customer service, we offer seafood that’s never frozen, and work hard to give you what you want when you want it. If you’re looking for the highest quality seafood, we have everything from Alaskan salmon, Pacific cod, and Hawaiian mahi-mahi, to a variety of shrimp and prawns, and plenty of live shellfish including clams, oysters, and mussels. To learn more about all that R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has to offer, visit our website or call (530) 241-7770 today.

  • The Differences Between High Quality and Cheap Deli Meats

    In the first part of this series, we took a look at the differences between higher quality deli meats and more affordable versions. Many consumers don’t know the difference, and they don’t know what to look for when it comes to taste, texture, and other factors. More affordable versions of deli meats are acceptable in some situations, but if you want the best meats you’ll want to know how to choose them.

    A taste test was performed by meat expert Eli Cairo and he was easily able to identify which meats were most expensive from two options. In part I of this series we explained how to choose higher quality salami and ham, and in this second part, we will do so with bologna, hot dogs, and prosciutto.

    • Bologna – Look for naturally colored meat. Bologna with no air bubbles may have been mass produced. Check that the bologna is not too rubbery and has a varied texture which means it has fewer fillers and is more natural.
    • Hot Dogs – When looking for hot dogs, check for a natural curve, casings, and knobs on the sides. Biting into a hot dog with casings will give you that classic snap, and higher quality hot dogs will plump up when you cook them. They shouldn’t taste too greasy.
    • Prosciutto – When looking at prosciutto, look for an even, dark, rich visual color which comes from a long curing process. Lots of marbling is also a sign of higher quality prosciutto and the taste should have flavor nuances, be moist, and not too chewy.

    If you need help deciding which brand or type of meat is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask your local experts at R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. Check out our weekly specials or give us a call to find out what we’re featuring this week at 530-241-7770.

  • The Differences Between High Quality and Cheap Deli Meats

    Part I: Salami and Ham

    When shopping for deli meats, almost every deli has multiple brands with some being cheaper than others. The average shopper doesn’t know the difference between cheaper and higher quality deli meats, but if you did a taste test you’d likely be able to tell the difference. The question is should you spend more money for a higher quality deli meat or are you better off going with the cheaper options?

    Meat expert Eli Cairo participated in a taste test featuring both cheap and expensive deli meats. He tested salami, ham, bologna, hot dogs, and prosciutto. He was able to identify which was the higher quality meat and which was the cheaper one quite easily every time by examining and tasting the meats. Most of us aren’t meat experts, but here are some things to look for when choosing meats from the deli.

    • Salami – Start by performing a visual inspection. Look for mold on the outside and natural casing which adds flavor. Cut rounds with the casing on them are usually higher quality and look for a tender cut that has clear definition between the white fat and red meat. A yellower fat can be a sign that oxygen may have gotten to the salami. As far as taste goes, a higher quality salami dissolves nicely on the tongue. You can give salami a squeeze and a higher quality version will have a little bit of give to it.
    • Ham – Higher quality hams will be smoked over wood as opposed to using liquid smoke. A spiral cut ham is often a sign of mass production and fuller and plump hams may have phosphates. Smaller hams are more likely to be natural and look for dark and light browns on the outside. A better ham will be more flavorful and the color variation on the inside will be more noticeable from the real smoke.

    In the next part of this series, we will explain what to look for when choosing bologna, hot dogs, and prosciutto. For all the highest quality meats in Redding, visit R&R Quality Meats & Seafood today at 2159 East Street or give us a call at 530-241-7770.

  • Try This Great Dinner Recipe for Steak and Brassicas with Red Wine Sauce

    If you’re looking for a hearty and delicious dinner recipe that will be a big hit, this pairing of steak and brassicas with a red wine sauce is a perfect choice. If you aren’t familiar with brassicas, they are cruciferous vegetables and include baby cauliflower. This recipe takes about 45 minutes and serves four to six.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • Two 1-pound hanger steaks
    • 1 ½ pounds multicolored brassicas cut into 1-inch florets
    • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 thyme sprigs
    • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 small shallots, minced
    • ½ cup chicken stock
    • ½ cup red wine
    • Pepper
    • Kosher salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss brassicas and thyme with ¼ cup olive oil in a large rimmed baking sheet and generously season with salt and pepper. Spread into a layer and scatter 2 tablespoons of butter on top. Roast in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and tender.
    2. Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large cast-iron skillet. Season steaks with salt and pepper all over. Cook steaks in a skillet over moderately high heat. Turn often until a thermometer reads 120 degrees in thickest part, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer steaks to carving board and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
    3. Do not wipe out the skillet and use to cook shallots and garlic. Cook over moderate heat and stir until softened for 2 minutes. Add wine and cook for 3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits until wine almost evaporates. Add in stock and cook for about 2 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and add remaining butter, whisking gradually until emulsified, and season with salt and pepper. Carve steaks against the grain and serve with brassicas and sauce.

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has the best cuts of steak for all your recipes. Check out our weekly specials or give us a call at 530-241-7770.

  • The Many Health Benefits of Seafood

    When you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, seafood is a wonderful addition. Full of nutrients that promote health in myriad ways, seafood is also easy to incorporate into weekly meals and comes in a wide variety of tastes and textures to please any palate. Need some reasons to eat more seafood? We can name quite a few.

    • The nutrients in seafood are plentiful. Depending on what kind of seafood you prefer, you’ll reap the benefits of B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin A, and Omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients provide a wide range of benefits, from healthy bone growth to better vision, to a healthier immune system. Seafood also boosts your metabolism and can improve your reproductive health.
    • Your heart will thank you. Seafood is not only low in saturated fat and high in protein, but also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are known for their benefits in heart health because they significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues like arrhythmias, heart attacks, and strokes.
    • Seafood boosts your mood. Recent studies have shown that eating more seafood, thus consuming more omega-3 fatty acids, reduces the risk of depression and promotes a more positive outlook.
    • Omega 3s are good for your joints . Eating seafood can reduce morning stiffness and soothe tender joints associated with arthritis.
    • Seafood helps make healthy babies. Eating fish promotes healthy fetal growth and development, is good for the development of the nervous system, and helps reduce the risk of preterm labor.
    • Your brain will thrive on a seafood diet . Fish is known as brain food and with good reason! The omega-3s in seafood can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, help promote healthy brain growth in babies and children and boost cognition in older women.
    • Seafood gives your skin a glow . When you eat seafood, it helps your skin to keep its moisture. Perhaps even better, omega-3 fatty acids help protect your skin from UV rays, and fish oil combats acne.
    • Eating seafood is good for your eyes . Fish and shellfish can boost your night vision, and people who consume omega-3 fatty acids have fewer incidents of age-related macular degeneration, which can cause vision loss.

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has always offered top quality and wide variety; with our newest venture, R&R Quality Seafood, we bring the freshest, tastiest seafood options to our customers. Committed to customer service, we offer seafood that’s never frozen, and work hard to give you what you want when you want it. If you’re looking for the highest quality seafood, we have everything from Alaskan salmon, Pacific cod, and Hawaiian mahi-mahi, to a variety of shrimp and prawns, and plenty of live shellfish including clams, oysters, and mussels. To learn more about all that R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has to offer, visit our website or call (530) 241-7770 today.

  • 7 Tips for a Weekly Meal Prep the Entire Family will Love

    As life becomes ever more hectic, family dinners become more and more difficult to manage. Trying to manage family activities, make time for dinner together, and serve healthy food all at the same time can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, with some planning and one day with time set aside for prep, you can balance it all like a champ.

    1. Set aside some time to carefully plan. Think about the events, extra-curricular activities, and everything else your family has going on during the week, and plan your meals accordingly. Glean inspiration from your favorite store’s sales flyer, and check your pantry for staples ahead of the week.
    2. Plan multiple meals around one meat. Chicken, for example, is quite versatile. This Crockpot Pulled Chicken can be served on its own, with side dishes, or incorporated into pasta dishes, quesadillas, sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, tacos, and more. Whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, or fish, cooking your protein ahead of time makes weeknight dinners much easier.
    3. Wash and chop produce for smooth weekday meal prep. Wash berries, cut up pineapple, make carrot sticks, and chop celery. Wash and dry salad greens, and prepare other elements of your perfect salad, for assembly when needed. Produced that’s already prepared is much easier to incorporate into meals.
    4. Grains are easy to prepare ahead of time. Pasta, rice, and other grains will keep for about three days and are good for dinners and lunches.
    5. Do all your baking on prep day. Recipes like this one for Veggie Bacon Frittata Cups make for easy weekday breakfasts, and if you bake your own cookies and other treats you can control what’s in your sweets. If your family enjoys muffins and bread, those are also great to bake on your meal prep day. Take advantage of the hot oven to bake potatoes, sweet potatoes, and any other vegetables you’d like to roast for your week’s meals.
    6. Simmer some sauces, for meals all week long. Make a batch of your favorite red sauce, or try something a little different like this Broccoli Pesto . Having homemade sauces on hand is healthier for your family than relying on the jarred versions.
    7. Don’t forget about snacks. Family dinners are important, but snacks keep the family fueled throughout the week. By preparing healthy snacks that are easy to grab and go, you’ll be promoting healthy eating and making it easy for yourself. Boiled eggs, fruits and veggies, yogurts, and hummus are all good options that are easy to have on hand. Portioning things like crackers, chips, and nuts into baggies makes it simple to grab a snack without overindulging.

    You may need to put some thought into your wine and meat pairings, but knowing where to buy the meat is simple. R&R Quality meats have always offered the best meats in a wide variety, and today we have the finest selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, seafood, deli meats, cheeses, and more. Committed to customer service, we offer meat cut fresh throughout the day, and work hard to give you what you want when you want it. To learn more about all that R&R Meats has to offer, visit our website or call 530-241-7770 today.

  • Winter Seafood Soup Recipes

    In the winter, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of soup. From thick chowders, rich and creamy, to stews and soups from every culture and cuisine, there are seafood soups to please any palate. The following list is just a sample of what you can make with fresh seafood and other high-quality ingredients.

    • Slow cooker shrimp and crab bisque is a miracle of slow cooker simplicity. Not only is it delicious, but this soup is made unique by a topping of lightly dressed crab salad, making it a real showstopper as well as a comfort food.
    • Seafood Gumbo is perfect if you like a little spice to heat up your soup. This is Martha Stewart’s take on a classic, so you know it’s going to be perfect.
    • Mixed Seafood Chowder is a Scottish-style dish, made with clams and smoked fish. This recipe uses salmon, but you can experiment with your favorites, like trout and haddock.
    • Bouillabaisse with Lobster is a sophisticated dish that’s as beautiful and fragrant as it is delicious. Flavored with saffron, this hearty meal is packed with fresh vegetables and seafood.
    • Easy Thai Shrimp Soup lives up to its name, going from ingredients to a meal in a mere 30 minutes. Made with coconut milk, fragrant spices, and fresh shrimp, this soup is so good it may displace your favorite takeout restaurant.
    • Italian Seafood Stew is lighter than most winter seafood soups. Try serving this savory mix of seasonings, tomatoes, fish, and clams with crusty sourdough bread, for a perfect winter meal.
    • Fish Chowder is a rich and hearty dish, to warm the coldest day. The smooth cream and tasty fish is perfectly complemented by the warm flavor of bacon.
    • Cioppino is an Italian-American stew that originated in San Francisco. Easy to make and delightful to eat, it’s on the lighter side of the season’s soups, and features crab, fish, and shrimp, in a tomato-based broth.
    • Brazilian Whitefish Stew is simple to make, yet unique and delicious. With a coconut milk-based broth is surprisingly light and refreshing, featuring tomatoes, lime juice, paprika, and cumin. A traditional Brazilian dish, this can be made with fish, or as a seafood stew that features prawns and calamari.

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has always offered top quality and wide variety; with our newest venture, R&R Quality Seafood, we’ve brought our high standards of quality to another level. Committed to customer service, we offer seafood that’s never frozen, and work hard to give you what you want when you want it. If you’re looking for the highest quality seafood, we have everything from Alaskan salmon, Pacific cod, and Hawaiian mahi-mahi, to a variety of shrimp and prawns, and plenty of live shellfish including clams, oysters, and mussels. To learn more about all that R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has to offer, visit our website or call (530) 241-7770 today.