If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve probably seen that this month we launched our “Savor the Holidays” giveaway. For the month of December, we are giving away goodies you can savor each week! Starting today, we are giving away one of our BIGGEST giveaway items yet – a Niman Ranch ham!
Not just any ham; a 5 lb. Applewood Smoked Uncured Ham. Why are we so excited about it? We love that Niman Ranch supplies us with hormone-free, preservative-free and all-natural meats that we know are raised humanely and in a sustainable way. We have been getting our meats from them for awhile now and we are so impressed with the quality and taste, we wanted to share it with you too this holiday season!
Let us tell you a little bit more about the ham you might win…
These hogs are completely traceable from farm to plate. They are raised outdoors and get to roam the farm and conduct their lives using their natural instinctive behaviors. In laymen’s terms: No antibiotics, no added hormones, only vegetarian feeds, humanely raised on a U.S. family farm. Plus they taste great!
Go follow us on Facebook for your chance to WIN it and make your Christmas meal a little easier and tastier this year!
Here are some tips on how to care for your Niman Ranch ham:
STORING YOUR NIMAN RANCH MEATS
Store your meats in airtight packaging, if it isn’t already wrapped. Do not let the temperature of the meat rise above 39° F unless you’re preparing to cook it immediately. If you choose to freeze your meats, be sure to thaw the product to room temperature before cooking.Don’t be concerned about the darker color of our beef and lamb – To lock in the quality, our meats are vacuumed sealed in high oxygen barrier film.Once the vacuumed package is removed and the meat is exposed to the oxygen in the air, it will be begin to “bloom” and will return to its normal deep reddish color.
Beef: Niman Ranch Beef will cook faster than typical products. The water content of our natural Angus beef is lower because our livestock is never given antibiotics or hormones which encourages water retention. Plan for about 15% less cooking time than usual. Remember, meat continues to cook as it rests (we suggest 10-15 minutes) prior to serving.
• 120-125 degrees for rare
• 130-135 degrees for medium
• 140-145 degrees for medium well •
160 degrees for well done Pork
Our pork is naturally juicy, so brining it isn’t necessary to combat dryness, but can be used to impart a variety of flavors. We do not recommend cooking cuts from the loin and leg above 150° F.Ground Meats: USDA recommends that all dishes made from ground meats should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160° F.Prepared Products: Sausages, hams, and hot dogs are all pre-cooked.These items are safe to eat at room temperature if you choose, but we highly recommend cooking these products to get the best flavor possible. Bacon is not pre-cooked, so we do not recommend ever eating it without cooking.
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