A healthy, balanced diet includes a variety of protein foods from both animal and plant sources. Like fish, eggs, nuts and beans, meat and poultry are rich in protein and other important nutrients. However, red meat such as beef can also be a source of unhealthy saturated fat. The same is true for poultry depending on the cuts you select and how you cook it such as frozen meat.
With a few simple tricks and tips, meat can still be a part of tasty and healthy meals that include your favourite protein foods. In this article, we’ll discuss more about how to choose the healthier selections of fresh meat and frozen food, especially frozen meat from your suppliers, and the questions you should definitely ask when you choose your meat supplier Kuala Lumpur has to offer.
How to choose healthy meat and poultry?
- Look for lean cuts. Lean cuts of beef include round, chuck, sirloin and tenderloin.
- Go skinless. The leanest poultry is white meat from the breast with no skin. If you prefer dark meat, be sure to remove the skin before eating.
- Check the percentage if possible. When buying ground beef, look for packages with the highest percentage of lean meat — 90% or higher.
- Watch the ground. Ground poultry can have as much fat as ground beef has, or more, because it often includes dark meat and skin. To make the leanest choice, choose ground breast meat, or look for 90% lean ground chicken or turkey.
- Choose healthier forms of meat. Try to choose raw over processed meats, which are preserved by smoking, curing, salting and/or with preservatives and chemicals. Limit the frequency and amount of processed meats, such as sausages, deli meats and bacon to moderate consumption.
What questions should you ask your meat supplier?
a) “What are some uncommon but flavourful cuts?”
Apart from being one of the most important ways to minimize waste food waste, asking your meat supplier for the uncommon yet tasty cuts is great as a way to explore your palate.
Plus, there’s much more to an animal than chicken breast, rib eye and New York strip steaks. These are popular meat cut choices, but you don’t know what you don’t know! Every supplier has a favourite, less expensive, lesser known, flavourful cut of meat in mind that they would love to tell you about. Most of these lesser known cuts are ignored because of lack of customer demand, so you’ll be in for some of the best cuts!
b) “Where do you source your meat?”
Knowing where the meat comes from matters. Knowing whether you’re buying meat from a box that has likely been frozen for long periods of time or meat that’s newly packaged and frozen has makes a difference that you can even taste.
A seasoned supplier will be excited to share their passion and can tell you where the piece of meat came from, and the right way to cook each cut.
c) “What cut would you recommend for what I am doing?”
Your supplier is there to help you navigate and find the right piece of meat for your recipe or desired cooking method. Different cuts of meat shine with certain cooking methods.
A good supplier can tell you what cut is best for hot-and-fast-cooking, such as grilling and pan-searing, or what cuts are better for slow-cooking, roasting, and braising.
d) “How should I prepare/slice/serve this cut of meat?”
Your supplier should be a meat expert in terms of how much meat to buy, how long to let the meat rest before and after cooking, and how to slice the meat to ensure you prepare the most tender, delicious meal. All you have to do is ask!
e) “Can you source or custom cut this item for me?”
Whether a creative meat adventure or a recipe, sometimes you need a specific cut that isn’t a standard in the meat supplier’s catalogue. Asking your supplier for a custom cut will not only ensure it’s fresh and done correctly, but it can also serve as a great icebreaker and help you develop a good relationship with him/her.
How do you keep your frozen meat safe?
i) Make sure it stays completely frozen all the time
Freezing kills parasites and prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and food borne illness so food that is kept constantly frozen will always be safe to eat. Only quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. Once frozen food is thawed, these microbes can again become active so you should treat defrosted food as you would any perishable food.
ii) Check the freshness and quality when when it’s frozen
Not surprisingly, the freshness and quality at the time of freezing will be reflected in the condition of the frozen food. Good suppliers freeze their meat immediately after the butcher cuts it, as well as vacuum seals it in small portions that freeze really quickly in a commercial freezer before large ice crystals can form.
This combination of fast freezing, packing in an oxygen free environment and dark, cold storage ensures that the meat will keep at top quality for at least two years.
iii) Check the packaging of the frozen meat
Proper packaging helps maintain quality and prevent freezer burn. Good quality frozen meat is vacuum sealed to ensure the highest quality and prevent freezer burn. But it is perfectly safe to eat meat that has been freezer burned. It is strictly a quality issue.
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Now that you know what to ask your meat supplier and what to look out for when it comes to fresh and frozen meat, it’s time to eat healthily with them by ordering some and having them delivered conveniently to your home!
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