What's in my share for February 2024

Month 3 - February 2024

Your CSA program has been carefully designed to pair each month's contents with the season and special events/holidays happening that month



Country Style Ribs - "Country-style ribs are cut from where the loin and shoulder meet. They are a combination of higher fat and lean meat and are sold as slabs or individual servings.

These ribs usually have a lot of fat, which means they benefit from being cooked low and slow. The longer the meat is allowed to cook, the more fat will render out and produce a succulent rib." - allrecipes.com

 Optimal cooking methods: grilling, slow cooking, braising, roasting, smoking

Picnic Shoulder Roast
 - Pork shoulder goes by several names at the grocery store including picnic roast, Boston butt, blade roast, and pork butt. Common cooking methods for pork shoulder include braising, smoking, roasting, grilling, and slow cooking.

Pork Chops 
- Our bone-in pork chops are juicy, tender, and full of flavor. Optimal cooking methods: pan sear, grill, braise.
Maple Breakfast Links - These are similar to our traditional breakfast links but have a hint of sweetness from the addition of some maple syrup. Optimal cooking methods: pan sear
Ground Pork - A virtual freezer staple.  Ground pork is versatile as it soaks up any flavor you add to it with spices and sauces.  Change up some of your favorite recipes by swapping out other ground meats for ground pork.  No Italian sausage or breakfast sausage on hand? No problem! Just flavor your own!  Optimal cooking methods are pretty much anything! Grill, roast/bake, pan-broil/skillet, braise/pot roast, broil, smoke is just a few to name.


Sirloin Tip Roast - The Sirloin Tip Roast comes from the front end of the rear leg.  This muscle is often cut into roasts, which are great when braised, but can also be cut into steaks or used for Ground Beef. Optimal cooking methods are roast, bake, or braise/pot roast.

Crosscut Beef Shanks/Soup Bones - I always say that this is a totally underestimated cut of beef!! Crosscut Beef Shanks or also known as Soup Bones are a portion of the leg. With this area being used extensively for movement which lends these crosscut sections best for braised dishes, like Osso Buco or for beef stock and soups.  Optimal cooking methods include braise/pot roast or pressure cooker.

Flank Steak - 
This boneless, lean steak is full of intense beefy flavor. Each animal only produces 2 flank steaks, making them a pretty hot commodity! Cutting your beef against the grain is always important but especially important with thin, coarse fiber cuts such as the flank steak.  This steak is best when marinated and grilled or sliced thin and stir-fried. Optimal cooking methods: grilling, stir-fry, broiling, smoking, sous vide

Ground Beef
 - A favorite by all and a freezer staple.  Versatility and rich flavor make ground beef beef's most popular item.  It is perfect for burgers, tacos, casseroles, and everything in-between. Optimal cooking methods are pretty much anything! Grill, roast/bake, pan-broil/skillet, braise/pot roast, broil, smoke are just a few to name.

**Information source www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com and the Cattlemen's Beef Board, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Board, and Meat Illustrated.

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