Gourmet Q & A
With so many companies claiming their meats are the best, we understand choosing the best products for your family can get overwhelming. Heartland Steaks carries the finest in beef, lobster, chicken, veal and lamb.
Our products are inspected against the strictest of guidelines to ensure you get a perfect product every time. To assist you in choosing and preparing the finest meats for your family we have compiled our favorite tips, advice and recipes for you and your family to enjoy.
What is Certified Angus Beef?
Only 8% of all meat produced in North America qualifies as being Certified Angus Beef ®. Chosen from the best Choice and Prime grades of beef, Certified Angus Beef ® is renowned for its superior taste, tenderness and juiciness.
Why is it better?
In addition to the USDA regulatory standards of beef grading, Certified Angus Beef ® must meet eight additional criteria to earn the brand name Certified Angus Beef ®.
What is the difference between USDA Choice and USDA Prime?
USDA Prime Grade Beef is the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor. It has abundant marbling, flecks of fat within the lean, which enhances both flavor and juiciness.
USDA Choice Grade Beef has less marbling than Prime, but is of very high quality.
What is a Filet Mignon?
The filet is taken from the tenderloin, which comes from the short loin of a cow- thought to be the most tender of any cut of beef.
What is a Delmonico Steak?
A Delmonico Steak is another name for a boneless ribeye. The name derives from the Delmonico restaurant which gained fame from their boneless ribeye during the mid 1800's. Other names include Cowboy Steak, NY Strip Steak and Kansas City Strip Steak.
What is the best temperature to cook a steak?
Steak Aficionados will tell you that the rarer a steak is the better. Realistically it all comes down to preference. Most restaurant chefs insist that medium rare is the most ideal for taste and texture, but there is a reason you're always asked what temperature you would like your steak cooked at – even the best chefs know that the secret to cooking a perfect steak is tailoring it to the diner's preference.
Why should I wait for my steaks to be room temperature before cooking?
A cold steak placed on a hot flame will contract from the abrupt temperature change making the steaks tough and chewy. By letting the meat come to room temperature there is a less harsh change of temperature when you cook it, thus less contraction and a tender juicy outcome.
What does it mean to 'Let the meat rest'?
After your meat is cooked almost to your desired temperature pull the meat off of the flame and let it rest. By letting the meat rest you give the juices a chance to redistribute within the meat. If you cut the meat too soon, these juices which are critical to a tender juicy steak, will leave the meat taking all of the flavor with them.
Why should I take the meat off of the heat before it is cooked to my preferred temperature?
While the steak is resting the meat will continue to cook and go up a temperature. If you leave the meat on until it hits your desired temperature, once you sit down to enjoy your meal, it will be over cooked.
How long should I let meat rest?
Depending on how large a cut of meat you have prepared, 2-5 minutes is usually sufficient for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
I'm hosting a dinner party, how should I plan my menu?
As the old adage goes; "It's always better to have too much than too little." This is the same idea for entertaining. When planning your menu a good rule of thumb is 4-6oz per person. You may want to be prepared for a drop in guest so order enough for 2-4 additional people.
How can I add additional flavor to my steak?
Heartland Steaks offers its exclusive BBQ seasoning to enhance the taste of their steak products. The BBQ seasoning was specially developed to accent, not overpower Heartland Steaks' already flavorful and juicy steaks.
Is Australian lobster sweet?
Coldwater Australian rock lobsters have a sweet, more preferred flavor than tropical rock lobsters. Western Australia is considered to be the source for the world's best cold water lobster tails. They are the finest, and most sought after on the market. Enjoy the lobster tail baked, broiled, grilled or steamed.
Can I grill my Lobster Tail?
Of course! Grilling lobster is one of the best ways to enjoy it. Grilling is also one of the easiest preparation methods which make lobster perfect for easy elegant dining. Heartland Steaks has lobster recipes for every level of culinary experience.
Where can I find great recipes for my family and for entertaining?
Heartland Steaks has hundreds of delicious recipes for every occasion. You can find them in the recipes section of our website, or sign up for the recipe of the month club to receive recipes and cooking tips delivered directly to your mailbox each month.
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When your clients, employees, friend or family receive a steak gift of Certified Angus Beef® brand steaks and gourmet steaks from Heartland Steaks, they will be sure to be impressed.
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Heartland Steaks is proud to offer a full line of Certified Angus Beef® steaks– life can't have too much flavor! Known for consistent quality and superior taste, Certified Angus Beef® steaks are always flavorful, juicy and tender.