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2018 Year In Review: What’s Ahead?

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Recently I was asked how 2018 went for us and our company, and what do I expect for 2019. A mind full of answers came quickly. Each and everyone here at Angus Brands works very hard for our customers, and this past year was exceptionally challenging and progressive with new programs and products. Goals were accomplished and new ones set raising the bar yet again. So what new opportunity surfaced in 2018?

It began with a lot of questions from a retail grocery owner last May – “I have this need for my retail meat case. Is this possible? And, can you even do it?”

“Well,” I said, “Let’s find out!”

For me, in order to make good decisions you need and require reliable information. What was the question again? Oh … “Can Angus Brands create a Restaurant Quality Case-Ready Meat Program for Retail Stores that the average shopper will gravitate too?” The main line of items was initially supposed to be 6, but ended up to be 14 items. With lots of testing, label adjusting, and working out the minor details they received their first orders in November. I’m happy to report the grocer and their customers are very pleased and we are receiving very positive feedback.

How long does it take to measure success with a brand new program? Usually 2-3 years. Seems like a long time, but success does not happen overnight. Mostly it takes word-of-mouth; one pleased customer passing on the good news of a new exciting product to another at the store, at church, over coffee, or at the gym. So then, why did I invest so much time and effort into this new project? Because the market is changing yet again. Not only are consumers looking to buy products for their needs from a local reliable source, they are also changing where they shop and how they choose to shop. If you could choose between a Big Box Store and your own local neighborhood store, which would you prefer to support?

So, the last question: Am I looking forward to 2019? Without a doubt — Absolutely! Our Dog Beef Bone Program is flying off the retail shelf, and this new Restaurant Quality Case-Ready Meat Program is growing in awareness with grocery shoppers as word spreads, especially those who really want to support local.

One of my favorite things is to see another positive outcome for retail and restaurant customers that meets and satisfies the need for high quality easy to prepare products. I love what I do. As a local meat company, we are different. We thrive on new ideas and projects that are a good fit within our capabilities. So yes, I am very excited about what 2019 will be.

A very happy & prosperous New Year,

Tom Stachecki, Owner

 

 

 

 

fall in Spokane

Fall foliage calls for stuffed green peppers

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The autumn colors are beautiful. That’s why we got married in October. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in Boston last year and it was a trip to remember, especially the lobster! Lobster cooked in so many ways I can’t recall them all.

That’s the upside of October here in Spokane; the amazing colors. Downside… I hate raking. Shuffling up to 15 bags of dead wet leaves and endless pine needles works up the appetite. Ultimately, it calls for the ‘big gun’ from my recipe box: 

Stuffed Green Peppers 

I take the biggest peppers I can buy and stuff them with our Angus Meats hand-made Italian Sweet Sausage (to die for!), browned with our Angus Meats 80/20 Ground Beef, Walla Walla Sweet Onions, of course mushrooms, and a mix of brown and white minute rice. Next, throw in some tomato bits, stir it all up, stuff the big green guys, and cover again with a garlic/onion tomato sauce. Bake at 350° covered for an hour. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese as it cools. It’s a tasty reward after raking leaves all day 🙂 

This dish warms the tummy and the toes. Enjoy and happy fall! 

Written by Leslie Stachecki

Harvest Foods and Angus Brands in front of meat counter

Angus Brands welcomes Walla Walla Harvest Foods!

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We are thrilled to welcome our newest customer, Harvest Foods, located in Walla Walla wine country.  Nolan and Kathleen Lockwood have been running Harvest Foods in Walla Walla for many years and have over 50 employees. Walla Walla Harvest Foods features locally grown produce, bakers who bake from scratch, and a Deli Department that is happy to prepare special orders upon request.

Nolan has a plethora of experience in the retail food service arena and wanted to upgrade his Meat Department, making it easier to get quality cuts and additional products he knew his customers would love. A couple of weeks ago the Lockwoods traveled to Spokane to tour the Angus Brands plant in order to gain a better understanding of what we produce. Determining it was a good fit, Nolan immediately ordered our patties and beef bones. Last week, Tom and Leslie traveled to Walla Walla to view their store. Before the day was out, Walla Walla Harvest Foods and Angus Brands were officially partners!

Like Angus Brands, Harvest Foods is committed to supporting the local community by offering fresh, quality foods and personalized service. We are excited about the possibilities the future holds in this great relationship.

grill

Grilltastic spring ideas

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Alrighty grill lovers. May is National BBQ Month! Now there’s a holiday I can really put my tongs around. Let’s celebrate this sucker with some Curry-style.

Here it goes.

First of all, this celebratory meal (or meals, right?) is going to be cooked entirely on the grill. I know what you’re thinking: “Hold on there Curry and don’t be in such a hurry!” Well, “Don’t-worry-Curry” has a plan. We are going to start with the main course. Beef, chicken, pork, even lamb all are in abundance during the spring. Question is, what sounds good to you and your family?

Next, we are going to cook all our complimentary vegetables on the grill. Yes, this can be done. You can use a special grilling pan made for vegetables that goes directly on the grills’ rack. If you don’t have one, cut your vegetables into portions, wrap them in foil, season them, and splash with a little olive oil. Place the packet on the grill and cook till al dente.

Can’t get enough corn-on-the-cob? Corn-on-the-cob cooked on the grill is one of the best preparation methods. The question is, are you supposed to shuck the corn? I cook my ears of corn leaving the husk on. Just soak them in a bucket of water for a few hours and then toss them on the grill. Shucking the corn is also an option, especially if your kids are looking for a chore (yeah, right!). Once shucked, place on the grill and fire away. Finish both methods of grilling by brushing on melted butter and sea salt.

How about grilled artichokes? Split smaller artichokes in half, toss in olive oil, season with your favorite blend, and grill until al dente. Other no-brainer options: Asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, all delectable grilled veggies! Just olive oil, season, and grill away.

On to the starches. One of the best ways I have found to cook starch is cooking in foil pouches. Cut the potatoes (Yukons, Reds, Russets) into slices or small chunks. Season with olive oil or butter, sprinkle with cheese and season with fresh or dried herbs. For yams and sweet potatoes:  butter, brown sugar and cinnamon makes for a tasty treat.

Speaking of treats – pound cake grills great. No kidding. Spread both sides of a piece of cake with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place on your grill and caramelize both sides. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and berry sauce, top with whip cream garnish with a mint sprig. Not a cake person? Take a peach or nectarine, split in half and grill away. You can also grill some pineapple and drizzle with a honey-cinnamon glaze. I guarantee your guests will be impressed!

Happy Grilling!

Written by Angus Brands’ Jeff Curry

March Madness Munchies

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Angus Brands is your team headquarters for mouthwatering game day food.

Coconut Chicken Skewers:  Quick prep comfort food that doesn’t break the scale or your wallet! No change needed for your favorite sides. With big flavor in a small bite, our skewers are an affordable luxury with endless profit potential.

Natural Ground Chuck Sliders:  Perfect for sit-down or take-out meals, our quick prep sliders pack a juicy punch. Versatile luxury with endless profit potential.

“Did you see the size of that Chicken?”  Why serve a drumette when you can serve the drum?!  Angus Brands Skins and Frenches, a Washington chicken leg leaving you with the largest chicken wing in town. Now that says “game day” grub.

To order, give us a call: 509-482-7033.

p.s. Go ‘Zags!

Thank you to Spokane’s First Responders

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Do you ever hear sirens in the middle of the night? The louder they get towards your home; you wonder if someone is in trouble? Is there a fire somewhere? Is it close to you?

We don’t always put in perspective how, at a moment’s notice and without truly knowing the unpredictable situation they are called into, what these brave people deal with everyday risking their lives and jeopardizing the future of their own families.

On Friday, July 14th we held our 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation BBQ. Spokane’s police, sheriffs, and firefighters dropped by for a free juicy Angus Brands’ grab-n-go burger lunch.

Our son-in-law has been serving on the Swat Team in Charlotte, North Carolina for over 14 years. Tom and I are proud to be a part of the ‘Blue Family.’ We have seen things and events that sometimes are very hard to comprehend or process. So, this is our way of thanking Spokane’s Finest.

Our First Responders are terrific. They’re just like the rest of us with a great sense of humor. It was a joy to seeing them smile, laugh, and relax for just a short time. They talked about their families, showed us fishing pictures, and expressed how much they love what they do while raising their kids in Spokane.

They really appreciated what we did for them but we can never show just how much we value them.

Angus Brands also wishes to thank those who back-up our First Responders: Dispatchers, 911 operators, and all the support staff who keep everything calm, organized, and in control.

We knew one First Responder, now we know 46. Next year we hope to meet more of you.

Leslie Stachecki

  

Special price: Ground Chuck/Brisket Coarse 30/6oz Ball (frozen)

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$3.70 per pound, while supplies last

In our search for the ultimate hamburger, here at Angus Brands we start with the patty.  The best patty to start with is our ground whole chuck and whole brisket blend coarse grind.  The lean tender meat from the whole chuck gives the patty that great beefy flavor and the whole brisket, with its fat, gives the patty that rich velvety flavor.  And the coarse grind gives it that bite of a steak.  Then we bring it all together in a pre-shaped ball ready to be smashed into a beautiful rustic looking patty and cooked to your customers preferred doneness. Don’t you agree it starts with the patty?

Now let’s get to smashing!

For a free sample or take advantage of our July special,
contact us at 509-482-7033 today.

Tips for using the grill

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Tips for the grill
  • Before you get started, dust your grill grates with oil or cooking spray to keep food from sticking. Be sure to let the grates come to temperature before you begin cooking.
  • Bring ingredients to room temperature before you cook; they will then cook more evenly and quickly.
  • Remember the 4-by-4 rule to determine how hot your grill is: If you can keep your palm 4 inches over the coals for 4 seconds, it’s at medium heat.
  • For even browning of meat and poultry, pat the surface with a paper towel to remove moisture before grilling.
  • If your steaks curl on the grill, score the outer layer of fat at 1-inch intervals.
  • Refrain from pressing hamburger patties on the grill with a spatula or piercing meat with a fork; you’ll lose the juices. Use a spatula or tongs.
  • If you prefer skinless chicken, be sure to marinate the meat first; then baste frequently with leftover marinade during grilling.
  • Use fresh lemon juice in your marinades. It tenderizes meat, blends well with many flavors (from soy sauce and ginger to BBQ sauce), and accents other tastes.
  • Let meat rest at least 5 (if not 10) minutes before slicing them. The meat will absorb and redistribute the juices.

Temporary Price Reduction on our fresh patties

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Get that grill fired up for the season with our deliciously juicy fresh patties – on sale now at your local Yokes and Rosauers stores.  As the days get longer and the weather warms up, grilling is the perfect way to put the fun back into your customers’ meals. You can’t do any better than local and fresh beef from Angus Meats.

Contact us at 509-482-7033 to order.