Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why Corned Beef for St Patrick’s Day?

It's a Tradition

Here at Long’s we also have a traditionwe make our own corned beef by brining for two weeks. It needs to be ordered in advance, so let us know asap how much you need ! The cut for corned beef is either a bottom round or brisket (but we can brine any cut). At $3.98 per lb, we know that you and your family or friends will enjoy every bite. Call us now – this is a very popular meat product for St Patrick’s Day ! (541) 344-3172. We also have free range Oregon lamb for Irish stew (read about a traditional Irish stew recipe).

St Patrick’s Day and Corned Beef History
Many myths have evolved around the celebration of St. Patricks Day on March 17th. St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday of the Roman Catholic Church to commemorate St. Patrick (387 - 461 AD), the patron saint of Ireland. Since early Christianity it has been the custom to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a saint on the anniversary of his death.

St. Patrick was a fifth century English (or perhaps Scottish) missionary to Ireland who converted many pagans to Christianity. His feast day falls during the fasting season of Lent, but on March 17th the prohibitions against eating meat are lifted and the Irish celebrate their patron saint by dancing, drinking and eating bacon and cabbage.

Yes, that is right -- bacon or salt pork and cabbage; not corned beef and cabbage. The average Irishman could not afford to eat beef. Cows, if the ordinary Irish farmer owned a cow, were used for dairy products such as butter, cheese and milk. Sheep were raised for their wool. Pigs were the only livestock raised by for human consumption. Salt pork and bacon, therefore, were the common protein for the Irish farmer and his family.

By the 17th century salting beef had become a major industry of the Irish port cities of Cork and Dublin. The beef was then exported to France, England and later to America. Corned beef, a salt-cured beef brisket, was traditionally packed and stored in barrels with coarse grains or "corns" of salt. It was not until the Irish potato blight, or Great Famine, when the Irish immigrated to America and settled in New York City did corned beef become affordable to them. In fact, corned beef was actually a better value and cheaper than the bacon they were accustomed to. The Irish learned that corned beef was the better bargain from their Jewish neighbors in the lower East Side.

Corned beef on St. Patrick's Day also became popular due to the prejudice against Irish immigrants. Many farmers in Ireland raised pigs for sale to help pay the rent. Now, however, that tradition mixed with prejudice had turned into a slur: "Paddy with his pig in the parlor." By the 1910's, pigs, not shamrocks, decorated St. Patrick's Day cards and souvenirs. Irish Americans were now able to afford both pork and beef so it was easier to claim corned beef than pork.

Submitted by David Brown, Eugene webmaster, for Longs Meat Market

Monday, February 7, 2011

Filet Mignon for Valentine’s Day? Sweet !

We carve the finest quality Filet Mignon cuts from Knee Deep Cattle Company - our source for locally raised and sustainable free range cattle. If you haven’t had Filet Mignon lately, maybe now is the time !

It could be perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. How about Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate-Port Sauce? Chocolate and rosemary are the surprise flavors in the delicious sauce accompanying this seared tenderloin.

Or Filet Mignon with rich balsamic glaze? "This is an elegant and quick romantic dinner for two. Wonderful served with steamed asparagus and baby red potatoes." 31,000 people have saved this recipe from the All Recipes website:

More about our source of beef for our Filet Mignon cuts :

Knee Deep Cattle Company is an award-winning free range cattle ranch that is located near Coburg, Oregon. The cattle in their program are selected for breed type, meat quality, and temperament. They are handled in a very gentle and humane manner with minimal stress. The cattle are raised on Willamette Valley pastures of grasses and clover with an ideal climate for grass quality and grazing. The resulting nutritional values show high levels of vitamin E, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and Omega-3.

Reminders from our website:

We are now offering special prices for two combination meat packages, whole or half carcass, and natural luau hogs. Call ahead to place an order or ask questions. There is a one week lead time needed for whole hogs to assure sizing. All of our prices include cutting and wrapping. To order: (541) 344-3172 or email us. Ask about custom package orders.

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With thoughts of chocolate,
From all of us at Long’s

Submitted by webmaster
Feb 3 2011