Fresh Fall Apples and VG Meats

The Perfect Pair!

September 28, 2017

If you’ve looked at your Facebook feed lately, you already know that apple orchards have been the place to be these last few weeks. Families have been making the most of this late blast of summer weather by heading to the orchard and picking apples with their kids. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and the perfect opportunity to teach your children about farming and where food comes from.

Many local PYO apple orchards are set on working farms that produce a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you’re heading out to grab some McIntosh for baking or Honeycrisp for those school lunches, why not take the opportunity to teach your kids about growing, harvesting and cooking food straight from the farm? Start by enjoying some family time at the orchard, and then head over to the VG Meats shop in Stoney Creek to grab some of your favourite products. Here are a few great pairings that the whole family will love.

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The Natural Science Behind Beef Flavour

Not Every Bite Tastes Exactly the Same

September 25, 2017

When you think about the flavour of beef, your instinct may be to compare it to the flavour of others meats – chicken, pork or even fish. Each of these products has a distinctive smell and taste that you’ve probably grown up with and become accustomed to. But what if you compare beef to beef? We don’t just mean in terms of tasting different cuts, like a steak versus a hamburger – we’re talking about the subtle elements of flavour that can be identified and differentiated among common cuts of meat.

Like a fine wine, beef has subtle notes to it – sometimes a richness, other times a somewhat bitter or nutty taste. Some steaks are sweeter or more buttery, and others, more earthy. This isn’t random, or a fluke – there’s a science behind it, including the breed, what the cow eats, their muscle mass, the aging process and other factors. There’s a chemistry to beef, and the level of specific compounds in the animal will directly affect the taste and texture of the associated beef product.

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Thanksgiving Turkeys are Coming!

Pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey from VG Meats now

September 14, 2017

The sun has been shining all week here in Southern Ontario, but if you’ve been outside in the evening, you know that fall is coming. That unmistakable chill has crept into the air, and before you know it, the leaves will all have turned red, yellow and orange. While we’re sad to see summer go, fall gives us plenty to look forward to – those fall colours, the start of hockey season, and the approaching holidays. It all starts with a VG family favourite – Thanksgiving!

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 9th – that’s less than a month away! You can pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey from VG Meats now. Simply contact us to make arrangements, and we’ll make sure we’ve got a turkey with your name on it.

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