What's the difference between Herbs & Spices?

  • An herb consists of a plant’s leaves, while spices are from any other part of the plant including the roots, stems, flowers or seeds. 
  • Woody herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme maintain much of their volatile oils when dried. Their flavour can become intensified compared to fresh herbs.
  • Delicate herbs such as Chives and Parsley lose much of their volatile oils during the drying process.  Dried varieties are mostly added for appearance. 
  • Curry powder is actually a blend of up to a dozen different spices. Its colour can vary greatly from bright yellow to a red-brown colour. 
  • Coriander and Cilantro are two different names for the same herb. The plant also produces a seed.
  • The flavour of the spice Anise is very similar to that of licorice. 
  • Spices should be stored in a dark cupboard or storeroom to ensure maximum freshness.  Light from the sun or UV lights can be especially damaging.
  • Most dried spices maintain their flavour for at least 1 year in a sealed container, away from direct sunlight.
  • Continued exposure to heat, such as a hot room, can cause spices and herbs to lose their flavour and colour.

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Tips for enhancing the basic burger!

It is becoming increasingly tough to find good healthy, quality foods that your family can enjoy economically.

The burger has been a staple for many good reasons. It can always be transformed into new meal ideas easily. Popular because it is affordable, portable and customizable and they can be served gourmet-style or as rustic
yet classic as you please.

With being healthier on our minds, we can do a lot to enhance the basic burger:
– custom grind beef or meat blends: use different cuts of beef or even better grind your own. It will be fresher and you will know exactly what is in your favorite meal. Try using sirloin, tri-tip and chuck cuts of meat. See if you can decipher if there is a taste difference between grass-fed or regular beef.
– add unique condiments for extra tasty, even healthy goodness: in addition to the lettuce and tomato, be creative and add pesto, cucumbers, carrots, avocado, fancy sauces like chipotle aioli, carmelized onions, or mushrooms for example. Of course, bacon is a must! Different types of buns are a great way to change it up too. Try a pretzel bun.
– try different types of meat: try game, turkey, chicken, salmon or tuna, bison, pork or lamb for example or a combination.
– get adventurous and try a new theme: an easy way to introduce new flavors like Mexican, Mediterranean or Asian
– use any sausage blend for a patty! Try a zippy Chipotle or Chorizo flavor, or a mellow Bratwurst or Italian to change up your routine.
– going just the protein route is great to keep it simple and light for the summer. A burger on a bed of lettuce or salad is a flavorful combo of both hot and cold to keep it interesting.
Just imagine the possibilities! Here in Canada, we are lucky to have industry leaders providing the best quality meats globally. Locally, CTR supports our local suppliers and provides a broad range of High Caliber Products to keep us all up to date with our favorite passion: food.
Whether you make one or two burgers or one hundred, we have the supplies for you. Single patty formers for those gourmet-type burger connoisseurs or multiple patty presses for family-type or commercial production. Accessories like patty paper and spice blends will make preparing those patties quick and easy.

Spring is the time of year to experiment and try some new flavors. Let us know how you make out!

Benefits of Bone Broth Soup

Don't throw away the bone!

healthy bone soup

We figured with a client list of meat processors we should take a moment to celebrate the benefits of the bone. You likely already know all about the flavourful foundation a good soup bone makes, but do you know about all of the health benefits? 

Besides looking younger, probably our favourite one, you can attribute having more energy, feeling more rested and increasing immunity all to your bone broth soup. But don't take it from us, we just know it tastes good. Click here for a great read that explains how.

Facts About Processed Meats

We all love eating homemade sausage and jerky. Because traditions, products and ingredients evolve over time, it is advisable to be discerning about where we get our sausage and jerky-making information. 

Is it a family favourite recipe from many years ago? Maybe some of the ingredients, like the cures or binders  needed, have changed to newer and better formulations. Newer equipment, like better insulated smokers with digital components may change the way you do things.

Tastes and trends change over time. Maybe you're looking for something more adventurous or worldly and you found a recipe on the internet. Procedures and ingredients should be questioned and referenced against a reputable source.

What we know for sure is that creating and preparing food for your family is a big deal. Many hours and a whole lotta effort go into every creation. It's worth the extra time to make sure that you know your information is coming from a truly qualified source. Attached is a link from just that, a qualified source on Quick Facts on Processed Meat Products.

Click here for a tried and tested Jerky recipe, or click here Sausage recipes you can trust.

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