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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Kosher salt
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
When you’re planning a meal, choosing the perfect recipes and carefully shopping for the just the right cut of meat, don’t forget to think about wine. The right wine and meat pairing can enhance a meal, taking it to the next level. While many people just choose the same red or white each time, this is a mistake, because when it comes to wine selection, a little thought can make a big difference.
- The standard wisdom is to pair beef with red wine. This is true, but the variety of red depends on the way the meat is prepared. Barbecued beef, for instance, goes well with full-flavored wines like Zinfandel or Shiraz, while a grilled steak might call for a Merlot, an Argentinian Malbec or a Spanish Rioja. For meatloaf, pick a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlo, but for hamburger, consider a red Zinfandel. A good red Burgundy, a Pinot Noir, or a Shiraz go well with roast.
- Lamb goes with a variety of wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Zinfandel, Merlo, Shiraz, and Chiantis are all good choices. Be cautious of using the traditional mint sauce if you’re serving wine with your lamb- the flavors can work against each other.
- Chicken and poultry can go with either white or red wine . Duck and quail both work well with Merlot, but wild duck also goes well with Syrah, and quail can be well suited by a Chardonnay. Chicken is better off with a white wine when it’s seasoned simply, but a bird seasoned with rosemary and garlic can stand up to a Merlot or Shiraz. Turkey goes so well with Zinfandel that many people consider it to be the perfect Thanksgiving wine.
- Pork’s pairing depends on preparation. Baked ham pairs well with Riesling or a young Merlot, while chops are better suited by a Pinot Noir or Shiraz. An herbed pork dish is perfectly complemented by a creamy Chardonnay. Riesling, Syrah, or Shiraz all go well with barbecue pork.
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 & Seafood has 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.
Crab meat is enjoyed by seafood lovers around the world for its sweet, soft, and delicate taste. One of the only downsides to eating real crab is that the meat is quite expensive due to the labor-intensive process of extracting the meat.
Imitation crab meat has become quite popular in American cuisine. The meat is much more affordable than real crab meat, and also may have some health benefits. Imitation crab is made with surimi which is made from different types of fish grounded together into a paste. This protein source is malleable and can be shaped into anything.
Imitation crab also contains fillers, flavorings, and coloring that are added to replicate the taste, color, and texture of real crab legs. Imitation crab meat has less fat, cholesterol, and sodium than real crab, making it a good choice for those on a diet. The imitation crab also has less potassium and protein and more sugar than real crab meat.
You can’t beat the taste of real crab, but imitation crab is often used as an ingredient in many dishes that combine it with other ingredients including:
- Tossed Green Salads
- Seafood Stew
- Vegetable Soup
- Crab Dip
If you are eating or serving a dish like crab legs, you’ll likely want to go with real crab because it won’t be very difficult to tell if you are eating the imitation version. For some dishes, imitation crab is a fine substitution that can save you money.
You can always conduct your own taste test to see how real crab compares to imitation crab meat. You’ll likely find that real crab has slightly higher quality, but that you won’t be able to tell much of a difference when imitation crab is used in some of the dishes previously mentioned.
Barbecuing might sound easy at first, but there are plenty of tips and tricks you probably don’t know about that can make your food taste even better. These five tips can help you learn to BBQ like a pro.
5. Type of Grill – The type of grill you use does matter. While cheaper grills can still make good burgers, spending more money can give you more cooking options and better taste. Most BBQ experts agree that gas grills aren’t the best option.
4. Wood Chips – Try soaking your wood chips in water for at least an hour, but preferably overnight. This will increase the amount of smoke produced which also increases the amount of flavor. You can also use wood chips from fruit trees because they are low in impurities and add a nice flavor.
3. Let the Meat Sit – After you’re finished BBQing you should allow your meat to rest for a few minutes. Keep it on a warmed tray on the top rack of the BBQ or covered with some perforated foil. This practice will seal the juices and make sure the meat doesn’t dry out. You also shouldn’t cut the meat until it’s ready to be served and consumed.
2. Air Circulation – Be sure your meat has plenty of room on the grill so it’s not touching anything including other pieces of meat. It also shouldn’t be against the side of the BBQ. It should have room for airflow on all sides to allow it cook properly and seal in the flavor.
1. Aluminum Foil – If you don’t have all the proper tools you can crumple up a sheet of aluminum foil and use a set of chef tongs to use it as a brush to clean the grill. Foil can also help you clean up if you line the bottom of your cooker with a couple sheets of it before you put the briquettes in for faster and easier cleanup.
R&R Quality Meats & Seafood is committed to serving our customers with only the finest cuts of beef available, at the best value possible. Our beef buyers have decades of experience selecting some of the best beef you’ll find, from responsible and reputable beef producers. Though our regular day to day prices are lower than quality cuts at other stores, you can find even sweeter deals in our weekly ad .