Have you ever thought about what you would eat if weather conditions or some other emergency kept you housebound for an extended period? Canned meat is a great thing to stock up on as a protein source to balance out all the easily stored carbs like rice and pasta.
But canned meat isn't just for survivalists: it's for anyone who runs out of beef, chicken, turkey or pork and doesn't have time to rush to the supermarket. It's for busy people who wants the convenience of a heat and serve meal. It's for the chef who wants to prepare a gourmet dish without all the prep work. It's for people who want to solve the problem of their overstuffed fridge or freezer, and save energy in the bargain. It's also for campers, boaters, RV owners, and anyone who will be away from the usual sources of sustenance for a while.
Someone once said that buying canned meat is like buying batteries. Sure, the electricity out of the wall is cheaper, but batteries serve so many useful functions that most of us find the cost of canned electricity totally worth it. The thing about canned meat, though, is that it actually might wind up being cheaper than fresh meat when you factor in the cost of gas, fuel, and electricity. And, amazingly, canned meat lasts even longer than batteries!
The Grabill Farms canned meat that we sell is guaranteed for five years, but has been known to last at least twice that and still retain its original flavor and texture. So let us tell you a little about this fine company and their products.
Grabill Farms: Canned Meat Perfection
Grabill Farms is a family owned operation that prepares, cooks, and cans their meat in a USDA-inspected facility in Grabill, Indiana. The beef is chuck tender cut; the pork is cushion cut; the chicken is half dark meat and half-light; the turkey is entirely from the breast and thigh.
The Grabill Farms products that we carry are chicken chunks, beef chunks, turkey chunks, pork chunks, and ground beef. All are boneless, low-salt, low-fat, free of preservatives, and cooked in their own natural juices. They come in either 13 oz. or 27 oz. sizes. If you buy them by the 12-pack, you'll get an additional savings of up to 17%.
Add Dehydrated Veggies and You're Ready for Anything
While you're stocking up on canned meat, you might want to pick up some dehydrated veggies as well. Then if you're housebound for any length of time, you'll be all ready to cook up some tasty meals. These dehydrated veggies come in bags of 3 lbs. or larger and, like the canned meat that we sell, they have a very long shelf life. They all rehydrate after two minutes in boiling water.
We offer veggie flakes that contain potato carrot, red and green bell pepper, and celery. They rehydrate after two minutes in boiling water. We also have dehydrated soup greens that contain carrots, onion, red bell pepper, celery, green bell pepper, tomato, and spinach.
If you just want a particular vegetable, we offer individual bags of dehydrated carrots, double diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes halves, sweet green bell peppers, sweet red bell peppers, and a red and green sweet bell pepper combo. Last but not least, we have dehydrated spicy jalapeno pepper chips on sale this month for 30% off. And, to repeat, if you order a case of canned meat, we'll give you an additional savings of up to 17% off our already very competitive prices.
We hope this newsletter has convinced you that quality canned meat is a good way of keeping you and your family well-nourished whatever the weather. And perhaps its opened the eyes of some of you that canned meat isn't necessarily the same as luncheon meat.
Just as there used to be only Maxwell House and Folgers on the shelf in the grocery, and Budweiser and Miller used to chill out together in the refrigerated beer section, the canned meat industry used to consist mostly of SPAMnot the junk in your email in-box, but tinned pork formed into a solid block. Now even SPAM comes in nine varieties and quality canned meats such as those made by Grabill Farms have become available. It's a great time to start using and enjoying canned meat!
Cooking with Canned Meat
To introduce you to the pleasures and convenience of quality canned meat, here are a couple of recipes that come to us courtesy of allrecipes.com. Enjoy!
Yield: 3 servings
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 15 min.
- 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, well-trimmed, meat cut bite-sized pieces (about 1-inch square)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
- 2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups canned beef broth
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Over medium high heat, gently cook beef tenderloin in 2 tablespoons of butter for about 2 minutes, until just seared on all sides. You will still be able to see red. Remove from pan and set aside in a rimmed dish or baking sheet so that you collect the juices.
- Return the pan to medium-high heat and cook the shallots and mushrooms in remaining butter until soft and wilted, about 5 minutes. Mix cornstarch into cold beef broth, whisk to blend. Pour into pan, and stir together with shallots and mushrooms until thickened, two or three minutes.
- Add sour cream and mustard, stir to blend. Add beef and juices from dish; stir over medium just till warmed through. Salt to taste. Serve over noodles or rice.
Nutritional Information per serving: Calories: 747 | Total Fat: 59.2g | Cholesterol: 190mg
Prep Time: 30 Min Cook Time: 10 Min
Yield: 6 servings
- 1/2 pound rotini/corkscrew pasta
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/2 cup sliced green olives
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3/4 cup Italian-style salad dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup canned chicken meat – drained and flaked
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cool water. Pour into a large dish.
- Combine mushrooms, olives, celery, onion, cheese, corn and green bell pepper with pasta; mix well.
- In a small bowl, whisk together dressing and mayonnaise; pour dressing over salad and toss again to coat.
- Gently mix in flaked chicken; refrigerate for a few hours or serve.
Nutritional Information per serving: Calories: 458 | Total Fat: 33.3g | Cholesterol: 48mg