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How do consumers perceive ground beef?

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A first-of-its-kind research study looked at how consumers buy and consume ground beef. Review the findings below to understand the factors that go into consumers’ purchase decisions.

What factors impact consumer selection of ground beef?

  • When shoppers look to purchase ground beef for hamburgers or other ground beef meals such as tacos, spaghetti, or casseroles, freshness is the key factor that influences their purchase. They’re looking particularly at the color of the meat and the date code on the package.
  • Right behind freshness, price per pound and leanness are the next two factors that most influence purchase decisions. With a year-round low average price, cost-conscious shoppers are often drawn to ground beef over other options in the meat case.
  • After freshness and price, the third most influential factor is leanness. Be sure to stock a variety of types, from 70% to 94% lean.

How are shoppers influenced by the ground beef eating experience?

Wide appeal is an important factor in shoppers’ purchase decision hamburgers and ground beef meals. Here’s how shoppers associate ground beef with an overall positive eating experience:

  1. It’s prepared the way you want it
  2. It has great taste
  3. It’s provides a juicy, pleasurable eating experience
  4. It appeals to the whole family
  5. It’s (burgers) a great choice when getting together with family or friends
  6. It’s a starting point for a lot of great meals (for ground beef meals)

What emotional factors influence ground beef purchases? Read the rest of this article from our friends at Beef Checkoff.

Crockpot cooking tips

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‘Tis the season to dust off your crockpot and get cooking! Here are some crockpot cooking tips so you can cook the juiciest meals on the block.

General Cooking Tips

  • Only fill the crockpot one half to two thirds full. The foods will not cook properly if the appliance is filled to the brim. If the food and liquid level is lower, the foods will cook too quickly.
  • Foods cooked on the bottom of the slow cooker cook faster and will be moister because they are immersed in the simmering liquid.
  • Remove skin from poultry, and trim excess fat from meats. Fats will melt with long cooking times, and will add an unpleasant texture to the finished dish. Fatty foods will also cook too quickly.
  • You can thicken the juices and concentrate flavors by removing the lid and cooking on HIGH for the last half hour of cooking time.
  • Most meats require 8 hours of cooking on LOW. Use cheaper cuts of meat – not only do you save money, but these meats work better in the slow cooker. Cheaper cuts of meat have less fat, which makes them more suited to crockpot cooking. Moist, long cooking times result in very tender meats.
  • Follow the layering instructions carefully. Vegetables do not cook as quickly as meat, so they should be placed in the bottom of the appliance.
  • Don’t lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20 minutes to half an hour. To check progress without lifting the lid, spin the cover until the condensation falls off. Then it’s easy to see inside.

 Specific Crock Pot Cooking Tips

  • For best results, ground meats must be cooked in a skillet before cooking in the crockpot.
  • Seafood should be added during the last hour of cooking time, or it will overcook and have a rubbery texture.
  • Large pieces of meat can be browned before cooking in the crockpot, but this step isn’t necessary. Browning adds color and helps in flavor development.
  • Cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce tend to become bitter if cooked for long periods of time. Use small amounts and add toward the end of the cooking time.
  • Add tender vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini during the last 45 minutes of cooking time so they don’t overcook.
  • Dairy products should be added during the last 30 minutes of cooking time, unless the recipes states otherwise.
  • Liquids do not boil away in the crockpot, so if you are making a recipe that wasn’t specifically developed for the crockpot, reduce the liquid by 1/3 to 1/2 unless you are cooking rice or making soup.
  • Stir in spices for the last hour of cooking. They will lose flavor if cooked with the rest of the ingredients for the long cooking period.

Enjoy!

March Madness snacks

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It’s time for March Madness – otherwise known as the Sweet 16, the Final Four, the Big Dance. Whatever you want to call it – we’re pretty sure your customers will want some tasty finger foods to grub on while they cheer for their favorite team.

We’d like to introduce you to our Bold Eat’s hand-crafted savory chicken wings and skewers. Typically offered at the restaurant-level, we’ve decided to offer these delicious treats to our retail customers.

To learn more or order, contact Jeff Curry at 509-482-7033

Celebrate Oktoberfest with our Nuernburg sausage

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A tradition which began in 1810, Oktoberfest is now celebrated worldwide. So how can you make Oktoberfest even better? How about try Angus Brand’s Nuernburg Sausage.

Your customers are craving authentic German food, and our Nuernburg Sausage delivers. With its German-inspired blend of yellow & red mustard seeds and other fresh spices, it’s sure to be an Oktoberfest hit.

Traditionally served with horseradish and sauerkraut or potato salad, (and of course a frothy beer), Angus Meat’s Nuernburg Sausage will bring the world’s largest party to your table.

Our sausages contain
– No added preservatives
– No BHT
– No BHA