Recent Penzey’s Spice Order

Wed, Mar 11 • 2

1   11950      Chili 9000 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar……………..$5.49
1   22042      Horseradish Dip 4 oz. bag…………………..$5.45
1   22642      Szechuan Pepper Salt 4 oz. bag ……….$4.59
1   31851      Oregano Mexican .4 oz. 1/2 cup jar…..$2.99

Shipping, $5.95   TOTAL : $25.08


Lobel’s : Who are your customers?

Wed, Mar 11 • 0

I took advantage of a promotional $50 gift certificate from Lobel’s, an upscale New York meat market that also does mail-order, at least 7 or 8 years ago, and I’ve been on their mailing list ever since. I have to admit that their products do look appealing, and am occasionally tempted to make a purchase, until I think about how much I’d be spending for what I’d be getting.

bacon_smoked_bgFor example,while I was looking around their site, I noticed that they sell Double Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon, unsliced, in 2½ pound slabs, for $29.98 — pricey, but considering how difficult it is to find uncut slab bacon, it might be worth it for a splurge — that is, until you roll in their shipping fees : another $26.95 on top of that. This means the bacon ends up being $22.78 a pound, or a total order price $56.93.

It really makes me wonder who they think will order from them, especially in this economy. Still, they’ve been in business for 5 generations, so there’s got to be people willing to part with their money.


La Cense Mail Order Beef

Tue, Jul 15 • 0

Last week, the good people at La Cense Beef sent me a quantity of their products to try for free in the hopes I’d tell you good things about them here. And after trying some of the items they sent, I am certainly impressed.

Their website proclaims that their beef is all natural, hormone free, grass fed beef. The product comes in a styrofoam cooler, deep frozen with a block of dry ice to keep it that way. After allowing them the thaw, my wife and I have sampled two of the items they sent — their steak burgers, and their NY strip steak.

The hamburgers were fine, though not anything really to write about, but their strip steak was delicious. Strip steak is my favorite cut when I make steak. I usually go for the thick steaks that sell at Whole Foods for similar price, per pound, as La Cense, but they’re cut much thicker, and require a bit more care to cook.

The La Cense strip steak was about three-quarters of an inch thick. It arrives in a vacuum package, so the steak was a little misshapen when I removed it from the packaging. (Somehow, during shipping, the packaging on this steak had developed a small hole, so it left a bit of a bloody mess in my refrigerator as it thawed. You’d do well to thaw your steak in some sort of a tray or zip top bag to avoid a similar fate.) The steak displayed a good amount of fat and marbling, and the flesh was deep red.

After cooking the steak in the usual way (warming on the counter for 30 minutes to take the refrigerator’s chill off, drying the surface with paper towel, and then generously sprinkling with salt and fresh ground black pepper, I cooked the steak in a hot skillet for 3 minutes per side, putting a lid on the pan for the last 2 minutes of the second side, to cut down on the smoke, and to push the heat deeper into the steak. I then allowed the steak to rest for 10 minutes.) My wife proclaims that this is one of the best steaks I’ve ever made, better than the dry-aged steaks from Whole Foods.

Since I’m suffering from a head cold, I will have to take her word for it. I thought it fared better than a similar cut from the normal grocery store, but wasn’t quite up to par when compared to Whole Foods. Add to that the inconvenience of having to thaw the steak for several days puts it slightly lower in my book. However, if I had ample freezer space (which I don’t), I wouldn’t hesitate to order several of these steaks to keep on hand.

A 7.5oz strip steak will set you back $17.49, considerably less than a similar steak from other mail order companies (Lobel’s sells a 10oz. natural prime dry-aged bonless strip steak for a whopping $46.99, and Omaha Steaks normally sells four 8oz steaks for $69.99, which works out to be exactly the same as La Cense. My local Whole Foods sells its grass-fed beef for $15.99 a pound, dry-aged for $17.99 a pound.)

La Cense Mail-order All-Natural Beef


My Recent Penzey’s Spice Order

Fri, Mar 7 • 0

penzeys.com — the descriptions are from their website.

Quan Item No. Description Price
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1 48040 Smoked Spanish Paprika 4 oz.bag $4.59

Rich, colorful Spanish Paprika, naturally smoked over traditional oak fires. Awesome flavor and perfect color, good on just about everything. Sprinkle on chicken and fi sh before cooking, add to sauces, soups and salad dressings.

1 29454 Smoky 4/S Special Seasoned Sea Salt 4.0 oz. 1/2 Cup jar $2.39

This smoky version of our 4/S gives a delicious smoky burst of flavor wherever salt is called for. Like other seasoned salts, Smoky 4/S is great for steaks, burgers, chops, chicken, fish, veggies, popcorn and more. Hand-mixed from: Coarse Sea Salt, Smoked Paprika, Sugar, Special Extra Bold Black Pepper, Turmeric, Onion, Garlic, Spice Extractives (including oleoresin of paprika, black pepper, celery, rosemary and thyme).

1 10445 Bavarian Style Seasoning 4 oz. bag $4.79

Growing up in the Penzey family, one of our favorite Sunday dinners was Gram’s special recipe of veal, pork, potatoes, onions and carrots, all roasted to a golden brown in the same pan, seasoned with her simple, yet delicious blend of herbs and spices. Bavarian is also great on turkey breast, rub on 1-2 tsp. per lb. For added zest, sprinkle with lemon juice or salt. Rub on pork, lamb or veal chops with a splash of balsamic vinegar, and grill over medium heat. Also, a traditional English seasoning for leg or rack of lamb. Hand-mixed from: crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and sage.

1 13259 French Four Spice 2.4 oz. 1/2 cup jar $5.79

A must for Country French dishes, such as pork chops, potato casseroles and stew with red wine. French Four Spice is traditionally used for pork, beef and rabbit. Hand-mixed from: white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cloves.

1 27142 Rocky Mountain Seasoning 4 oz. bag $5.69

A versatile blend of Parmesan cheese, bell peppers and shallots. Sprinkle on salad, in yogurt or sour cream for dip, use 2 TB. per Cup. Use to season quiche, chicken or veal cutlets. Hand-mixed from: bell peppers, Parmesan cheese [part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, cellulose powder, potassium sorbate], salt, sesame, poppy, shallots, arrowroot, white pepper.

1 13833 Mignonette Pepper 1.0 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.19

A classical blend, also known as “shot pepper,” of cracked Tellicherry black pepper, Muntok white pepper and flavorful Moroccan coriander. Traditional in French-Canadian cooking and roasting large cuts of beef, lamb or poultry. Excellent on a thick grilled steak or veal chop. Great in a table grinder. Use ½-1 tsp. per pound.

2 58430 3 Madagascar Vanilla Beans $13.78

Regarded as the world’s best, Madagascar beans set the standard for prime vanilla flavor.

SUBTOTAL $40.22
SHIPPING $8.95
SALES TAX $1.23

ORDER TOTAL $50.40


Unusual Meat in the Mail

Mon, Dec 24 • 0

Here are some sources for unusual products. (If you’re on this list, and you’d like to send me samples, by all means…)

     

  • D’artagnan (Newark, NJ) is a pretty well-known supplier of packaged pàtés … in fact, my supermarket carries it for the holidays in the specialty cheese case … but I had no idea they also sell game meat for not completely outlandish prices.
  • Cajun Grocer (Lafayette, LA) is your source for authentic Cajun and Louisiana foods. I’ve bought from these guys before — andouille, boudin, chaurice. They also ship crawfish and turduckens.
  • Exotic Meats (San Antonio, TX) seems to sell the hardcore game stuff — antelope, elk, wild boar, even yak. Their prices seem a little high to me, but then, I don’t really know the going price for a good hunk of yak.
  • Lobel’s (New York, NY) is a high-end, high-class butcher. They offer more than my grocery store butcher, but at prices that make me lose my appetite. I bought a single hanger steak from them more than 5 years ago, as part of a promotion, and I’m still getting email from them. If you order from them, you’ll get a friend for life, I think.

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