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If you are like most meat aficionados, you are always on the lookout for a prime cut of beef. Whether you enjoy an occasional grilled hamburger at home or spend your time overseeing meat procurement for a restaurant, you want to take every measure to ensure that the meat you buy is safe to eat. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help promote a safe and tasty dining experience. Below are seven best practices for safe handling of meat.

1) Select a trusted meat supplier

The path to safe meat handling begins with your choice of supplier. For most consumers, this means a trip to your local grocery store. However, a growing number of consumers are buying their meat directly from online retailers. Whether you choose to purchase products from a supermarket or an online provider, make sure the ground beef and other meats you purchase are produced at a plant that is inspected by the USDA. If you are not sure where the meat was produced, you can ask the manager of the store or company.

2) Create a smart shopping routine

If you shop for your meat at a local supermarket, there are some steps you can take to ensure that the meat you buy is safe to eat. For instance, you should always shop for your non-perishable items before you select your meat and poultry. If you purchase prepackaged meat, take a minute to inspect the packaging to ensure that it is intact and free of leaks or tears. Finally, do not purchase meat if the “Sell-by” date on the package is expired. 

3) Monitor refrigerated meat

“A refrigerator set to 40°F or below will protect most foods – but not forever. The cool temperatures slow down bacterial growth but they don’t stop the growth completely. So, it’s important to use food in a timely fashion to help maintain freshness and quality. Over time, even chilled foods will spoil.”

– By Diane Van, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

Refrigeration can help keep meats fresh for a limited period of time by slowing down the growth of bacteria. However, your refrigerator will not keep your meat fresh for an extended period of time. Working with a certified meat company such as Schweid and Sons that has the industry’s highest safety rating is one of the best measures you can take to prevent consumption of meat that has spoiled. Here are some additional guidelines:

  • Refrigerate raw ground meats, seafood, and poultry for 1 to 2 days
  • Refrigerate raw roasts, pork chops, lamb, and steaks for 3 to 5 days
  • Cooked meats, seafood, and poultry can be refrigerated safely for 3 to 4 days
4) Carefully package and freeze any unused meat

You may find yourself with more raw meat than you can consume within the next couple of days. In this case, you should freeze any unused beef. A Kitchen’s Emma Christensen notes that the most important factor to consider is protection from exposure to air. She suggests using plastic wrap or freezer paper to wrap meats tightly. Then, wrap your meat in aluminum foil and place the wrapped meat in a zip-top freezer bag.

5) Thaw any frozen meats in the refrigerator

“Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter, or in hot water and must not be left at room temperature for more than two hours…When thawing frozen food, it’s best to plan ahead and thaw in the refrigerator where it will remain at a safe, constant temperature — at 40 °F or below.”

– United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Food safety specialists and the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recommend that frozen meats be thawed in the refrigerator rather than on the counter or in hot water. This is to help safeguard against the outer layer of meat rising into the “Danger Zone” of 40 and 140 °F, a range in which bacteria can rapidly multiply.

6) Clean your meat grilling platter before reusing it

One of the biggest mistakes made by unsuspecting meat lovers is putting their cooked hamburgers on the same platter that they used to hold their uncooked hamburger patties. If you must use the same platter, make sure that you carefully clean the platter immediately after you remove your raw patties from it. Failure to take this step can put you at increased risk for cross-contamination.  

7) Always wash your hands and surfaces before and after you handle raw meat

“Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds…Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Lathering and scrubbing hands creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from skin.”   – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Washing your hands for at least 20-30 seconds is vital to ensuring removal of bacteria and microbes before and after you handle meat. You should also thoroughly clean counter tops, plates, cutting boards, and utensils with soap and hot water.     

What is the best path to a five-star meat experience?

As outlined above, there are many steps you can take to promote safe meat handling. However, the single best way to deliver a five-star meat experience is to seek the guidance of a trusted expert in the beef industry. Here are just a few of the many reasons why Schweid & Sons is one of the most trusted meat companies:

  • Four generations of expertise in the meat purveyor industry
  • Certified by the World Standard for Safety as a Safe Quality Food Level 3 business
  • An extensive range of popular choices, including Angus, Wagyu, USDA Prime, Grass-fed, Certified Angus Beef, and Custom Blends
  • An All Natural blend that is free of hormones, antibiotics and steroids 
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Proud to serve restaurants and individual consumers across the nation!

To learn more about the benefits of buying your meat from Schweid & Sons, we invite you to contact us. Since 1978, we have supplied top quality meat to over 1,000,000 customers. We look forward to showing you why we are known as “The Very Best Burger!”

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It’s a debate that has long existed among Burger Lovers: is it better to buy your patties, or to make your own? While some purists firmly believe that store-bought patties are a lesser contender in the battle for the best Burger, we must respectfully disagree. Especially with all of the delicious blends that we offer at Schweid & Sons, our already prepared patties pack all the taste of a craft Burger into one tight package.

But don’t just take our word for it. Why is pre-made the way to go? Read on to find out!

Perfection, Time and Time Again
After being in the Burger business for over 40 years (not to mention the meat purveyor industry since the late 1800s), we know a thing or two about ground beef. Did you know that it’s surprisingly delicate? One of the main factors when it comes to creating the Very Best Burger is being careful not to over tenderize the meat, which means keeping handling to a bare minimum. Our  facilities were established with this in mind, and have the sole purpose creating perfect patties on a daily basis. If you are making your own, there’s a higher chance of ruining the tender texture and turning your Burger into a hockey puck.

Keeping It Simple
Coming home from a long day at work and craving a delicious Cheeseburger? Trying to make the kids a quick, yet flavorful, meal? This is where pre-made patties come into play. A brief stop at one of our grocery retailers or even a few clicks on Amazon Fresh (in select locations) can get you a package of your favorite Schweid & Sons Burgers in no time at all. Fire up your seasoned cast iron pan, flip the patties once, and you have an amazing Burger in as little as ten minutes.

Looking for some inspiration for dinner? Check out some of our favorite recipes here.

Less Mess
Let’s be honest—it’s no secret that raw ground beef isn’t the most pleasant thing to touch, and forming your own patties can be a sloppy, time consuming process. But we’ve already covered convenience, what about sanitation? The longer raw meat sits out in the open, the more at-risk it is for becoming an ideal breeding ground for bacteria (reminder: never use any kind of raw meat if it’s been out in room temperature for longer than two hours). With pre-made Burgers, the patties come straight out of the fridge and right into your pan, so there is less of a chance of bacteria growing or spreading, and of course less of a mess to clean up once dinner is done.

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It’s finally Spring! And that means prime grilling season is around the corner. It’s time to clear away the clutter of winter, clean off your grill, and get ready for summer BBQ season. Whether you’ve been grilling for friends and family for years or this is your first journey into backyard BBQ’ing, you need to have the right tools for the job. Quality grilling accessories can make a big difference when it comes to creating mouth-watering food over an open flame. Most grilling accessories are easy to find and won’t break your budget, either.

Here are five must-have accessories recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. They’ve searched high and low for the best recommendations on grilling accessories. Check out their recommendations so you can get the most out of your time at the grill!

Grill Tongs

Tongs might be the most important grilling accessory. They help you move your food around the grill safely without getting delicate skin too close to your heat source. Most grilling experts recommend that you get tongs that are at least 16″ long. That extra length gives you plenty of space between you and the flame. After that, what tongs you pick comes down to preference. You don’t want them to be too heavy, or else you are going to get tired when you are moving steaks around all afternoon. Choose ones constructed with quality materials, though. You don’t want your tongs falling apart in the middle of a BBQ.

America’s Test Kitchen recommends OXO Good Grips 16-inch Locking Tongs. They are the right length for grilling and lock closed when you need to store them. 

BBQ Basting Bottle

A basting brush is great. A basting bottle is even better. Basting bottles take all the good things about a basting brush and make it more convenient and less messy. The bottle holds your favorite sauce and has a silicone brush head on top. When you invert the bottle and squeeze, the bottle distributes the sauce into the brush bristles and evenly coats your meat. Good basting bottles will have a removable brush head that can be easily washed and replaced with a screw-on cap. That allows you to save your leftover sauce and not waste it.

The Mr. B-B-Q, Inc. Silicone Basting Bottle with Cap is everything you want in a basting bottle. It’s stain resistant and washable. Plus the silicone brush head withstands temperatures of up to 480 degrees. That helps you get the perfect sear while you baste without worrying about your brush melting.

Grill Griddle

Maybe you consider yourself a grilling master. But until you are working with a grill griddle, you aren’t really getting the most out of your grill. A grill griddle (also called a plancha) is a flat surface that sits on top of your grates. The heat is evenly distributed across the plancha to create a solid cooking surface. This is the perfect way to cook foods that would otherwise fall through your grill grates. That includes tasty treats like fish, vegetables, bacon, hashbrowns, and even pancakes! It’s the perfect accessory for your grill so you can create even more outdoor cooking magic. Look for a plancha that fits your particular grill (you may need to do some measuring here). Cast iron griddles are best, though you’ll find a wide range of options out there. 

If you are a Weber user, their plancha is an especially good option. It’s porcelain and cast iron combination will last you for decades. We also like that there are two different cooking surfaces so you can switch depending on what you need. 

Grill Brush

It’s all fun and games until it’s time to clean up. Actually, clean up can be fun, too, when you have the right grill brush. If you’ve struggled with cleaning your grill in the past, there is a good chance it has a lot to do with what grill brush you are using. A bad brush can make you work harder than necessary to clean off your grates. A really bad one will put you off grilling in the future. But a high-quality stainless steel grill brush will allow you to quickly clean off your grill and rejoin the festivities. Look for a brush with a wide head on it so you can cover a lot of surface area quickly.  

America’s Test Kitchen recommends the Weber 6494 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush. It’s great for grill grates of all types and has an ergonomic handle so you don’t get close to the heat. The thick stainless steel bristles on this brush won’t wear down, either.

Grill Spatula

Think you can just grab your spatula from the kitchen to use out on the grill? You’ll quickly find that a dedicated grill spatula is the way to go when cooking up grilled perfection. That’s because grill spatulas have two distinct differences to their kitchen cousins. First, they have a longer handle that helps to keep your fingers away from the flames. And secondly, they have a wider spatula head, so they are better at flipping burgers, fish, and large steaks. You’ll want to look for a spatula that has a handle that fits comfortably in your hand with a good grip, too, so you don’t lose control of your steaks. 

America’s Test Kitchen put eight models to the test and found the classic Weber 6620 Original Spatula to be the winner. The long handle kept hands away from the heat while the comfort grip provided plenty of control. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. 

And Don’t Forget the Meat

Of course, all the grilling accessories in the world won’t matter if you neglect the basics. The most important and most basic ingredient of any grill is the meat. And for that, you can turn to Schweid & Sons. Check out our selection of premium burgers that are just begging to go on your grill. We have everything from your no-frills, back-to-basics burger to premium blended burgers made from whole premium cuts of boneless chuck. Browse all of our delicious meat options on our website and find a retailer near you

Want to learn more about great grilling accessories? Visit America’s Test Kitchen to learn more. And happy grilling!

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The premium Burger brand is now available at Albertsons, Randalls, and Tom Thumb stores across Texas. The chain will offer customers two of our best varieties: Signature Series: The Chuck Brisket and The Prime Burger.

“The Schweid Family is incredibly humbled and honored to partner with one of the premier retailers in the nation,” said Jamie Schweid, President and CEO of Schweid & Sons. “Albertsons represents quality and service, which aligns directly with the core values of Schweid & Sons. We are truly excited our family is now a part of the Albertsons’ team.”

Schweid & Sons great-tasting Burgers can be found in the fresh meat section.

About Schweid & Sons

A family owned and operated high-quality ground beef purveyor with four generations of success in the meat industry, Schweid & Sons leverages its longstanding familial heritage, passion, and commitment to bring “The Very Best Burger” to consumers around the country. Located in Carlstadt, NJ, Schweid & Sons supplies their ground beef to supermarkets, restaurants, and special events nationwide.
www.schweidandsons.com

About Albertsons

Albertsons operates as a banner of Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. With both a strong local presence and national scale, the company operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.  www.albertsons.com

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The premium Burger brand is now available at Albertsons, Randalls, and Tom Thumb stores across Texas. The chain will offer customers two of our best varieties: Signature Series: The Chuck Brisket and The Prime Burger.

“The Schweid Family is incredibly humbled and honored to partner with one of the premier retailers in the nation,” said Jamie Schweid, President and CEO of Schweid & Sons. “Albertsons represents quality and service, which aligns directly with the core values of Schweid & Sons. We are truly excited our family is now a part of the Albertsons’ team.”

Schweid & Sons great-tasting Burgers can be found in the fresh meat section.

About Schweid & Sons

A family owned and operated high-quality ground beef purveyor with four generations of success in the meat industry, Schweid & Sons leverages its longstanding familial heritage, passion, and commitment to bring “The Very Best Burger” to consumers around the country. Located in Carlstadt, NJ, Schweid & Sons supplies their ground beef to supermarkets, restaurants, and special events nationwide.
www.schweidandsons.com

About Albertsons

Albertsons operates as a banner of Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. With both a strong local presence and national scale, the company operates stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.  www.albertsons.com

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Picture yourself taking a perfectly cut, juicy, bright red piece of steak and throwing it onto your grill. Imagine hearing the sizzle and starting to salivate, knowing that soon you’ll be dining on perfectly grilled burgers.  

The only problem? You look at the calendar and realize it’s winter. The Fourth of July couldn’t be farther away.  

Believe it or not, you can still have that burger though – you just need to create a winter grilling plan. 

In this post, we’ll look at 13 items you’ll need if you want to grill outdoors when it’s cold. Follow our steps and you’ll be fighting the cold weather with a delicious burger in no time. 

Warm Clothes

Just because you’re preparing the food with everyone’s favorite summer cooking mechanism doesn’t mean it’s going to FEEL like summer outside. Make sure you bundle up appropriately if it’s cold. Wear a warm coat and hat. If it’s especially cold outside, consider wearing additional layers like thermal underwear or a sweatshirt. 

A Pair of Boots

If you’re carrying a plate of meat to and from your house and grill, you don’t want to slip and fall on any ice or snow. Wear some boots with a decent amount of traction. Falling could prove disastrous to your winter grilling plans and have you and yours ordering takeout! 

A Light

The sun goes down earlier in the winter, so you’ll want to have a light attached to your grill for any times you’re grilling late in the afternoon or early evening. It’s important to be able to see what you’re doing to observe the burgers and make sure they’re cooked appropriately. 

Cleaning Materials 

Make sure you have plenty of cleaning materials on hand to clean your grill and make sure to clean it inside your house before you go out into the cold. You may not be able to clean as effectively in the winter weather. 

The only thing you want to do outside is cook. Make sure to do all pre-grilling prep indoors. If you have an outdoor sink or any other outdoor preparation materials, you may not be able to access it in the winter. 

That said, make sure all grilling is done outside the house. 

A Nice Place to Grill Outside – Prep Inside, But Never Grill Indoors

Yes, it’s cold out. Yes, grilled burgers are delicious no matter the season. Yes, you’d like to combine the warmth and comfort of your house with the great taste and fun times of grilling meat. 

You can’t do it. 

NEVER grill indoors or in any kind of enclosed area. Outdoor grills release dangerous carbon monoxide, which can be deadly if inhaled. This will either A) set off your carbon monoxide sensors or B) have potentially fatal consequences. Either way, stay outside! This includes grilling in your garage with the door open. 

Pick a great spot on your deck or backyard where there isn’t too much snow and stay safe. 

Extra Fuel

Both propane and gas function differently when the temperature drops. Having extra fuel is a must when grilling in the winter. You should have the usual amount of fuel you use plus half on hand.

This will ensure you don’t run out while you’re cooking. There’s nothing worse than preparing yourself for a great burger in the winter months only to have to bail out halfway through due to a lack of gas or propane. 

Gloves with Fingers

Your hands will be close to the grill, so they’ll most likely stay pretty warm. However, if they’re still feeling cold it’s good to have a pair of gloves with fingers on the hands. This will give you the ability to keep your hands warm and manipulate your spatula or tongs. A pair of mittens may not give you the same grip on your utensils. 

A Lowered Lid

It’s natural for a grillmaster to want to keep an eye on his or her burgers while they cook, only closing the grill when you have to. This is a mistake though if you’d like to grill when the weather grows cold. Heat is more likely to escape the grill in winter months, so lower your grill lid more than you would in the summer to make sure you keep the heat captured. Doing this will prevent you from undercooking the food. 

A Snow Shovel

Depending on where your grill is located, you may need to clear a decent amount of snow before using it. If you’re on a patio or deck without a roof or covering, you may need to shovel snow to get there. If your grill is in your backyard, you may need to clear a path to it. Either way, it can’t hurt to take a shovel with you to clear some of that pesky white stuff out of the way. 

An Ice Scraper

It’s entirely likely you haven’t used your grill since the summer or fall. If that’s the case, and you’ve already had snow fall this winter, you should bring an ice scraper to clear the grill of any excess ice hanging off of it. It’s true that if you wait it will melt off, but you definitely want to scrape as much ice as you can prior to heating up the grill so it doesn’t drip onto the meat while you’re cooking and exacerbate the grill’s fire. 

An Umbrella

If the forecast calls for snow or any other type of wintry mix, you’ll want to keep it out of your meat or your face. Keep an umbrella handy in case of any winter weather. It will make it easier for you to see what you’re doing and protect your meats at the same time. 

An Easily Removed Hat 

You may want to bundle up, and by all means, do so. But don’t wear a hat or hood you can’t remove or take off easily. If there’s any ice or snow above your head – say, on your roof or a tree – it may melt as you grill and fall on top of you. Keep an eye out for this as you grill. If some snow looks like it’s about to fall, make sure you cover your grill – and head for cover! 

High-Quality Beef

This one goes without saying. No matter what season you’re grilling in – winter, spring, summer, or fall – you need to have the finest beef on hand to cook with. This is what will take your winter barbecue to the next level. After all, if you’re going to be reminded of a fun summer meal, what’s the point of cooking with subpar ingredients? Go with the best! 

That’s where Schweid and Sons have you covered! We’re a family owned and operated beef purveyor. We’ve been selling the highest quality beef since 1978. Located in Carlstadt, New Jersey, our mission is to bring “The Very Best Burger” to customers by offering a range of high-quality ground beef blends and products. All our ground beef is inspected or certified before it enters our shop. 

For more information or to start planning your winter barbecue, contact us today! 

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