Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day and Filet Mignon Month

Welcome to The Butcher's Blog - February 2015
 We're going to start with a poem that we will be posting on Facebook....
then we will discuss grass fed meats and athletes, filet mignon, diets, meat packages and more!

A Filet Mignon Valentine Poem
Valentine's Day and Filet Mignon, so what?
Because there's romance in those tenderloin cuts
Read about it In The Butcher's Blog, our monthly news
as grass fed meats are cut daily by our crew

So thinking of dining in and cooking it for her or him?
Served with a glass of wine to the brim?
Maybe add a rose to the plate, for some color and fun.
It might be a unique memory for 2015, or more than one.
courtesy of Long's Meat Market, Eugene, Oregon


Grass Fed Beef and Athletes

Alexi Pappas just won the fastest heat of the 3k at the University of Washington Invite last Saturday (1/31), running a 5 second personal best of 9:02.

"What do you think fueled her for the pre-race dinner before her big win?"
Her meal prior to the competition included grass fed meat from Long's Meat Market.
From Alexi Pappas:
"For a professional runner, nutrition and recovery is just as important as training itself. The support from Long's Meat Market helps sustain me as a runner and their incredible steaks, liver, and chicken fuel me in making the jump to the next level chasing the Olympic dream. I eat red meat 3 times per week! Since moving to Eugene and finding my favorite meat market, I've also loved getting to know Mike and the butchers at Long's. I feel their positive energy the moment I walk through the door and I am honored to be the official runner of Long's Meat Market. "



What Really is Filet Mignon? 

Filet mignon
(French for "cute fillet" or "dainty fillet") is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin, of the beef carcass, usually a steer or heifer. In French this cut can also be called filet de bœuf, which translates in English to beef fillet.

When sliced along the short dimension, creating roughly round cuts, and tube cuts, the cuts from the small forward end are considered to be filet mignon.

The tenderloin is the most tender cut of beef and is also arguably the most desirable and therefore the most expensive. The average steer provides no more than 500 grams of filet mignon. Because the muscle is not weight bearing, it contains less connective tissue, which makes it tender. However, it is generally not as flavorful as some other cuts of beef (example, primal rib cuts), and is often wrapped in bacon to enhance flavor, and/or is served with a sauce. (from wikipedia)

More Diets are Recommending Grass Fed Meats

More diets are recommending grass fed meats as part of their menus due to the increased demand and knowledge of better nutritional benefits.

The BulletProof Diet, one of the many out there in Diet Book land, has an interesting approach to dieting.
The Bulletproof Diet  recommends grass fed beef and lamb and describes why on pages 48-49. 

"Organic grass fed meat provides more nutrients and fewer toxins than grain-fed or conventional meat, with more anti-oxidants, omega 3's, trace minerals, and vitamins than any other food....
In 2006, a study measured the fatty acid composition of meat from three categories - one from cattle that were fed grain for just 80 days before slaughter, one from animals fed "by -product feed stuff" that contained a mixture of grains and cottonseed/protein mix, and one that was exclusively grass fed. The grass fed cows had more healthy omega 3's and more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is a type of naturally occurring trans fatty acid that improves brain function, causes weight loss, and reduces your risk of cancer."

Meat Packages Just Got Better ! 

Even though meat prices have gone up, we have adjusted our meat package pricing to help save you some $$$.

Check out our Meat Packages web page, or view the graphic below, and the options of combining different cuts  under three different prices plans.

Call in orders or email us and allow a day or two for preparation.  541-344-5172
email :  info at longsmeatmarket.com
Wishing you a great month of February,
From all of us at Long's Meat Market