COOK

Recipes, methods, stories, and more

  • A Guide to Roasting Beef

    Whether you’re a Sunday roast diehard or are just learning how to roast beef, here’s what you need to know about choosing a cut from eye round to bottom round to chuck to brisket.
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  • A Pork Butt Is Not a Butt

    A pork butt is not a butt. It’s a pork shoulder. So is a Boston butt. Why would any cut of meat have such a confusing name? Read on.
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  • About Our Meat

    Not every customer who walks through our doors knows all about our meat. Here’s why we exclusively sell pastured local meat — and how best to cook it.
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  • Adult Hot Pockets

    Sometimes we don’t motivate to make things that look labor intensive, even if we want to. Like hand pies aka adult hot pockets. But when one of our staff members did and posted the results to Instagram, we asked for the recipe. Turns out, hot pockets are pretty easy to make. Here’s how.
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  • All About Short Ribs

    You might find more than one kind of short ribs in our vending machines. Don’t let the names confuse you. They’re all delicious and should be cooked in different ways. Here’s a cheat sheet.
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  • Ask The Butcher

    Do you have a question you want to ask Josh Applestone? Get in touch. Here he does some Q&A about plating steak, cooking sausage, and grading.
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  • Ask the Butcher: Cooking Porterhouse, “Soft” Meat, Great Ground, and More

    You ask the butcher, Josh Applestone answers. In this edition: the art of cooking porterhouse, easy-to-chew cuts, the best ground, and the right internal temperature for pork.
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  • Beef Primals Primer

    Do you know which of the four primals that make up a steer’s carcass contains the most ground beef? Or which one contains the money meat? Read on.
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  • Brining 101

    Brining is a great thing for any home cook to do; it keeps meat moist. All it takes is a simple ratio of water, salt, and sugar — and time. Here’s how to brine meat.
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  • Cook the Perfect Steak

    Grilling may be fun, but it’s perhaps the quickest way to ruin a steak. The best way to cook a perfect steak is to pan-sear it and finish it in the oven.
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  • Cooking for a Crowd

    No matter what time of year, there’s always something — July 4th, holidays, reunions — that calls for feeding a crowd. Here are our best cuts for hordes.
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  • Cross Cut Short Ribs Are Easy to Make

    Cross cut short ribs have grown in popularity in recent years, with good reason. They’re super flavorful, plus fun to chew on.
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  • Frozen Pork Roast Surprise

    Josh Applestone swears you can cook un-defrosted frozen meat. Our staff is testing his theory. Turns out he’s right! A frozen pork loin in a pressure cooker is great — and it’s so simple and quick that it makes a roast a possible weekday meal.
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  • How to Cook Everything (Part 1)

    Not everyone knows where on an animal their steak or chop comes from, but knowing this can help you cook it well every single time; certain muscles are more worked than others and they deserve their own cooking methods. Here’s everything you need to know.
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  • How to Cook Everything (Part 2): Pork

    Our how to cook everything series tackles pork! Read on for methods, tips, and recipes for making tenderloin, boston butt, ribs, rib tips, pork belly — and everything in between.
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  • How to Cook Everything (Part 3): Lamb

    Our favorite way to cook lamb is on the grill; it stands up well to the smoke and char. But we cook our ribs, shanks, and racks other ways, too. Here’s are some suggestions.
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  • How to Cook Everything (Part 4): Beef — Steaks

    Beef can be cut a lot of different ways which results in many kinds of steaks. It can be confusing when you start factoring in national and even regional steaks. Here’s a breakdown of the steaks we cut, what they’re like, and the best ways to cook them all.
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  • How to Cook Everything (Part 5): Beef

    Though it may sometimes seem otherwise – especially in the middle of outdoor grilling season — there’s so much more to beef than steaks. There’s brisket and bones and roasts and the most wonderful braiseable cuts, to name a few things. Here’s how to cook it all.
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  • How to Cook Frozen Meat

    Most people assume the best way to cook something that has been frozen is to defrost it first. Not so fast!
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  • How to Grill Everything

    So you want to learn how to grill? Here are a few things to consider on your way to become an expert at the grill — gas or charcoal.
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