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  • Get Paid For Referring Friends To Meatcart

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    If you ask people  what some of the biggest joys in their life are, food typically rates among the highest rated pleasures. It's no secret, we all want to improve the quality of food we're eating, not only for your own enjoyment but also for the health benefits too! But what if you could actually get paid to improve the diet of people you know?

    As an employee and customer at Meatcart this is something which I have thoroughly enjoyed as I’ve been exposed to some of the most amazing food experiences. What makes it more enjoyable still is being able to share that with family and friends during weekend dinners and bbq lunches. It’s pretty rare to attend a BBQ and not have people ask me “where on earth did you get this meat!?”.

    Suddenly the little bright yellow back I’ve been carrying gets a lot more attention and it’s great fun telling people about the benefits of buying from Meatcart, and seeing their surprise as they realise how they can benefit too.

    This is a perfect example of word of mouth referrals, which everyone knows are the BEST forms of advertising. There is simply no more powerful recommendation than the one that comes from a trusted friend or relative.

    Since we commenced operations in 2013 Meatcart has always enjoyed very strong word of mouth referrals from our fantastic loyal customer base, who eagerly tell their friends and family about where they’re getting their amazing quality meat from. While this has been a great tool to help grow our business, it also got us thinking… What if we gave people rewards when they referred other people they know?

    We decided that it would be a great thing to offer people something really nice to say “thanks” for helping to spread the Meatcart message. But we didn’t want to make it a token gesture like a bumper sticker, or a branded pen that would get thrown in the bin. We wanted to offer a reward that would amaze our customers, and also show them how much we value their support!

    So we decided that as a reward for referring a single customer to Meatcart, we would give that person a $20 reward!

    When people learn about the rewards they quite often (myself included) begin mental calculations almost immediately. For me my internal calculator sounded something like this…

    “Mum & Dad, my sister, my best mate, the neighbours (x2), all the boys (x10), people from my girlfriend’s work (x5), aunt Sharon… That’s $400 of potential rewards just off the top of my head!”

    Straight away the list of people piled up, and that’s before I even considered what could be possible through my Facebook friends, or those forums that I’m active on either. When you start thinking about it, the number of potential rewards you can receive is staggering!

    One other thing we wanted to do was to make sure that it wasn’t just a one-sided value proposition either, so we made sure that people who were referred by our customers would also receive a $10 discount for their first purchase just for signing up too. That certainly makes the conversation even more fun when you’re telling your friends about all the other benefits.

    So how exactly do you make these referrals? It’s simple, we create a brand new website feature designed to help you refer friends, and track the progress of your referrals. Here’s how it works…

    1. Go www.meatcart.com.au/refer-a-friend
    2. Click the “get started” button on the page.
    3. Log in to your account (this takes you to your referrals dashboard).
    4. From there you can use any of the 4 different ways to share your unique referral link with people you know!

    The referral link is the key to being rewarded when you refer someone to Meatcart. When someone clicks your link and signs up as a customer, the website essentially links their account to yours. This then triggers the $10 credit to be applied to their account, and once they make their first purchase of $30 or more, the system automatically allocated your $20 reward to your account!

    You can share your referral link in 4 different ways…

    1. Sharing your referral link on Facebook.
    2. Sharing your referral link on Twitter.
    3. Sharing your referral link via email.
    4. Or manually copying and pasting your referral link onto any other website, forum, social network, or anywhere else you want!

    The referrals dashboard enables you to keep track of everyone you’ve referred by email and you can also keep an eye on your rewards as they start to creep up, and when you’re ready to make your next purchase you can easily redeem the money you’ve earned as a discount, so it’s nice and easy.

    There really is no better feeling than sharing something great with people you care about, except when you’re being personally rewarded for doing so… Maybe that’s a little bit better.

    If you’d like to get a $20 reward every time you refer someone to Meatcart, you can get started in about 2 minutes by visiting www.meatcart.com.au/refer-a-friend and if you have any questions, please send an email to info@meatcart.com.au

  • How to Safely Defrost Meat

    How to safely defrost meat

    Meats are usually stored in the freezer if not being cooked at the right away. When it stays there for a coupe of hours, it becomes frozen and takes time to thaw up before cooking. What do you usually do to defrost meats at home? Do you leave the meat out uncovered and away from the refrigerator for a long period of time? Or do you usually submerge it in hot water thinking that it will thaw faster?

    Well, these are just some of the improper and unsafe ways to do it. While cooking the meat properly may kill most bacteria, one can still get food poisoning as some of them can still leave harmful toxins which aren’t destroyed when cooking. Therefore, improper defrosting could still contribute to the possibility of food poisoning or acquiring other food-borne illnesses.

    Did it ever cross your mind that there is a safer way for you to defrost frozen meats at home? There are a lot of ways to choose from and here are some of the suggested ones on how to safely defrost meat.

    1. Using A Microwave
    Microwaves absorb the energy from the food placed inside it. As such, water in the food is what causes the food to be cooked. How does this work? Food particles vibrate against each other and in turn, this generates the heat for cooking. The more power used in the microwave, the faster the food will be cooked. If the power of the microwave isn’t enough, you can run it for a longer period of time.

    Choosing to use a microwave is probably the speediest method of defrosting meats. It is convenient; it saves time and does not require much of your attention. This goes especially for the small pieces of meat that you may want to consume immediately. First, you must set the microwave on a low setting or the ”defrost” setting and then place the meat in a microwave-safe container. Run the microwave for a few minutes. From time to time, you may turn the meat and continue this process to ensure that the meat is evenly thawed.

    When you choose to place the frozen meat inside the microwave, you have to make sure that you’ll cook it right after it has been thawed. This is because some of the areas of the meat may be warm and begin to cook during the thawing process. Keeping partially cooked food isn’t recommended at all since any bacteria that is present on the meat wouldn’t be destroyed and worse, it may even lead to bacterial growth. That is why you should always cook immediately after thawing.

     2. Sitting At Room Temperature
    Freezing the meat does not necessarily  mean that it would eradicate all the bacteria it contains.  This process only keeps the bacteria in a static mode for hours or days in the freezer. To defrost any kind of meat, you must store in at a temperature that is below 4 degrees Celcius. Keeping it within the safe degree of temperature is the key so as to prevent bacterial growth as they would start to multiply rapidly when you take the meat it out of the freezer. If the meat is stored at an unsafe temperature for more than 2 hours, then it might be best to discard the meat as it can be potentially hazardous to you and your family’s health. Defrosting any type of meat would call for safety precautions to prevent suffering from any food borne illnesses.

    Meat can still be cooked when it is still frozen. However, this will consume much of your time. Also, for this method, you need to ensure that the inner part of the meat is cooked thoroughly as the meat’s top layer can be deceiving most of the time. 

    If you don’t want to cook the meat while it is still frozen, then you should probably allow ample time for it to thaw up completely prior to cooking. People today ought to consider this vital practice when safely handling meat from the time it’s removed from the freezer up to the time when it is served on the table.

    Here at Correct Weight, not only do we give quality meats, but we also provide you some methods when it comes to defrosting meats at home.

  • Great Side Dishes To Serve With Meat

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    Meat is considered to be the most widely used ingredient in creating a mouth-watering main dish and since it is a very common ingredient, one should find a way to make it stand out, to make it more appealing to the eyes and give people the urge to dig in right after it is served. If you think creating a plain dish out of meat is enough, then you’d better think twice. Don’t forget that side dishes also play a big role on your entire recipe. Take a look on the various kinds of side dishes that you can serve with meat.

    Salads
    Salads can be a healthy and satisfying meal alone or it can be a perfect side dish to a main course. For salad side dishes, you can go for a contrasting texture and flavour to make it more appealing. You can combine cold and hot items, sweet and acidic flavours, or chewy and crispy ingredients.

    You can make a simple salad just by mixing some spinach, nuts and oranges together on a platter and crumble it over with feta and a drizzle of olive oil. You can also create a salad out of a tomato, cucumber and green beans. You just have to cook the green beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until you achieve a bright green and crisp texture. Afterwards, you would drain it thoroughly and refresh it using ice cold water. Set it aside while draining and mix some diced tomato and slices of cucumber. For the salad dressing, all you have to do is combine half a cup of olive oil, juice of one lemon and dill. When finished, season the salad with some salt and black pepper and it is ready to be served.

    Another salad that you can make as a side dish is a Greek salad. You need a few staple ingredients to come up with this wonderful dish. Slice up a tomato, onion, olives, cucumber, capsicum and diced feta cheese in a large bowl. Afterwards, sprinkle the salad with fresh oregano and season with salt. Mix it altogether with olive oil and vinegar until combined. Serve it fresh to your guests.

    Pasta
    Pasta is also an excellent choice to pair with meat. The best side dishes that would go with the dish are fairly simple yet have the ability to astound even the fussiest of palate. You can also opt for diced tomato and mozzarella cheese on your pasta. You just have to cook the pasta first and mix it with the combined tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil and salt and pepper.

    Should you prefer a more intense flavour, you can create a pasta salad mixed with roasted vegetables or better yet create garlic pasta that is loaded with fresh broccoli. In this dish, you just need to combine fresh basil leaves, pepper, garlic and broccoli. Cook it over a low heat until the broccoli becomes tender and crisp. Combine the cooked pasta with some lemon juice. Finally, serve it with mozzarella cheese to complete a wonderful side dish to be served with your meat.

    Vegetables
    Vegetables are the most commonly used side dishes when it comes to meat. This is because almost all of the dishes one can make works well with fresh farm vegetables. Although there are instances when the flavours of the main course and the vegetable side dish would clash, you need not to fret. Culinary experts say that in most cases, both would complement each other’s tastes and intensify the flavours.

    You can go for a very simple onion ring side dish with your meat. Just dip the slices of onions into a flour mixture with beaten egg and half a cup of milk. Place the slices of rings one at a time and bathe them with fresh bread crumbs. Scoop the bread crumbs over the rings to coat and then deep fry the onion rings for about 2-3 minutes until it reaches a golden brown colour.

    You can also choose to go for a salty, savoury and roasted asparagus where you just need to preheat an oven to 220 degree Celsius while mixing the asparagus with olive oil, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic and pepper. If all is set, bake the asparagus in the preheated oven until it becomes tender and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget to sprinkle some lemon juice before serving it.

    Orange glazed shredded carrots could also be your side dish over prime choices of meat. This doesn’t take much of your time as no chopping is required and it is convenient to use. All you have to do is whisk orange juice, and put two tablespoons of cornstarch into a small bowl. Do this step while cooking the carrots until slightly softened. Stir in the juice mixture and add carrots with butter and salt. Continue this simple cooking process while stirring constantly until the butter melts completely and the carrots are tender. Serve this with any choice of meat.

    Just because side dishes aren’t the main course doesn’t mean they can be taken for granted. Side dishes also add some flavours to your meat recipe. That is the main reason why you ought to spend some time to think and prepare it. There are a lot of side dishes you can choose that will round out your main course and requires minimal effort. Why don’t you start cooking today and choose from the best quality meat products offered here at Meat Cart. Don’t hesitate to try these awesome side dish recipes that we just shared above.

  • What To Serve At A Family Bbq

     

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    A barbecue is way more than just a meal. It is also a perfect social gathering which is best spent with family and friends during weekends. If you are planning to host a barbecue, you need to make certain that you choose the right kind of barbecue meat and recipes that are quick, fairly easy to prepare which will be enjoyed by many. If you are wondering which meat is best served at a family bbq then this article can help you. Here you will learn about choosing between different barbecue variants for various age groups. This will help you plan a great barbecue party that will be enjoyed by all.

    Is It Better To Bbq A Variety Of Meats?
    Regardless of the type of party you are hosting, you ought to prepare dishes using the most appropriate method to ensure that you have something to offer for everyone. Though an old fashioned type of barbecue consists of flipping burgers, buns and pork ribs; nowadays a lot of that has changed. Incorporating a wide array of meat cuts is highly recommended to help make the party a huge success.

    Kids and youngsters have constantly been noted as “picky eaters” and choosing the wrong bbq recipe may disappoint them. Some adults could also be health conscious so you ought to be aware of the right type of meat to purchase. Different cuts of meat contain varied amounts of amino acids, proteins as well as fat. Some cuts would be enjoyed whilst some could be left untouched. This is the main reason why you need to incorporate a variety of meat to your traditional bbq to ensure that all your guests will be content and satisfied throughout the celebrations.

    What Should I Serve Adults From The BBQ?
    Favourite barbecue dishes would likely include the famous beef rib fillet, forequarter pork chop, pork belly spare ribs, chicken thighs, beef rump steak or even surf and turf. These choices are widely favoured by adults mainly because of the flavours and lovely aroma that each variety brings. Adding more to that, you can also maximise your options by simply adding fresh herbs, spices, barbecue sauces and seasonings to each recipe so as to create more scrumptious dishes for each and everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to add some side dishes too! Jacket potatoes, onion rings and fresh coleslaw go well with steaks and most variants of meat.

    Options For Vegetarians
    There might also be fussy eaters who are selective about the types of meat they want to include in their diet. Vegetarians and those who are on a diet would certainly be more pleased with meat cuts that contains less fat content and more on protein.

    What Should I Serve Children From The Bbq?
    Should you have children at the bbq, you better gear up your dishes with special sauces and gravies that would please their palate. Apart from burgers, children also love sausages especially if they are made using 100% high quality meat.

    Kid’s taste buds are a lot more sensitive to flavour so it is vital for you to consider the intensity of the flavours of recipes you are planning to serve. Some bbq sauces can quite be too intense for their taste and sometimes, you might need to use less. A good option would be something mild yet sweet as this combination would please their palate. Cut back on spicy recipes as kids won’t mix easily with that especially if you plan to introduce new tastes and flavours to them.

    Should your child be well accustomed to bbq sauces, then it would be fairly simple for you to please him or her. You would only need to incorporate his or her favourite sauce to the bbq dish and the outcome should be positive.

    Shopping Tips For Barbecue Recipes
    Barbecue dishes certainly have a complexity of flavours and aroma that can appease your guest’s taste buds. Remember to mix in flavours and sauces to match your guest’s preference and style. When shopping for meat, you need to ensure that you are getting the best quality meat for your guests. You wouldn’t want to disappoint them with pale and tasteless meat that’s not fresh or poor quality. Always check the colour, overall appearance and texture of the meat. That way you will be assured that the receipes you plan to prepare will be succulent and bursting with all the seasonings and flavours that your guests will enjoy to the last bite.

    Come and enjoy the wide array of meat choices we have here at Meat Cart. Spice up your bbq menu and be creative with your recipes that will surely win the hearts of your guests!

  • So Saucey! Options For Sauces To Use With Your Meat

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    Nearly all of us would enjoy dining together with our family for a barbecue. There are a lot of sauce choices that we can include that would go perfectly with our food, and be enjoyed by friends and family that we get to spend time with. If you are on the verge of planning for a great barbecue experience then you will need to find the perfect sauce that would go with your meat. With a wide array of barbecue sauces available, it can be hard for you to discern what the best choice is. Learn the best barbecue sauce for various meat varieties by reading on the article below.

    Be the master of the grill the way you want to be! Everybody will surely love the bbq dishes you’ll prepare once you pair your meats with the right kind of sauce and seasonings. That way you will be able to cook food that each guest will love and remember you as their barbeque hero!

    In order for you to acquire the best bbq sauce recipe, you first need to purchase the right type of meat to prepare. Afterwards, you can choose the bbq sauce that you and your family would enjoy the most. Another consideration when opting for a bbq sauce would be choosing between a spicy or sweet recipe. Some meats would go well with hot sauce, curry powder, red pepper or mustard so as to boost the flavour and aroma of the meat once cooked. Take into account those who will be eating the dishes you’ll prepare.

    Once you have created the bbq sauce for your meat, a good thing would be to plan when you’ll sauce the meat that you are cooking. Some sauces may be easily burnt while others may alter its flavour once exposed to heat. Needless to say, it is important for you to know which sauce is best for each type of meat. That way you will save time and hassle, or even guilt or embarrassment due to an ineffective bbq sauce recipe that wouldn’t compliment well with the meat you used.

    Remember also that you need to marinate some meat before cooking. That way all the seasoning, herbs and spices will seep inside the core of the meat. This will also help retain the juices and flavours of the meat without a dry texture once it’s fully cooked. Sauces that contain large amounts of brown sugar are easily burnt. Should you have prepared a sauce with a sugar base, it would be wise to do all the saucing after grilling the meat or on the near end of cooking so as to prevent burning the barbecue sauce that will potentially ruin the flavour of the meal.

    To help you enjoy your barbecue menu, select among the best barbecue sauce options provided below.

    What Is The Best Sauce For Beef?
    Most BBQ fans would certainly favour beef cuts that are marinated in soy and vinegar with a kick of sweetness and pepper to match. You would only need 4 basic ingredients for this wonderful combo! Mix in 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of mustard, half a cup of soy sauce mixed in vinegar.  This is the perfect barbecue sauce for lean meats such as beef.  

    What Is The Best Sauce For Lamb?
    This is by far the top recommended sauce to compliment lamb chops. Chop up some fresh tomatoes; add basil leaves, 5 tablespoons of fresh tomato sauce, 2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and fresh rosemary for this hearty lamb delicacy. Pour this sauce over your grilled lamb chops and bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes until tender. You will certainly be pleased with the flavours, especially when you drizzle the base with olive oil and ground pepper to match.

    What Is The Best Sauce For Chicken?
    Chicken meat is known for its versatility since it can take on different spices and sauces for flavour. Apart from its inexpensive price in the market, you can be creative with it. Should you grill it or smoke it for a couple of hours, the flavours would infuse within the meat yet it stays soft with lots of flavour. 

    The best bet for chicken barbecue sauce would be to mix 1 cup of cider vinegar to half a cup of ketchup. Mix in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce. Don’t forget to drizzle with a spoon of melted butter and soy to taste. Swirl it all in and give it a try on your grilled chicken. You will surely love this recipe.

    What Is The Best Sauce Of Fish?
    When it comes to fish, you would want to make sure that you won’t overdo the grilling method to prevent burning the meat. Try this rich and thick barbecue sauce to go with any sort of grilled fish meal that you are planning to prepare.  The main base for this recipe would be 1 tablespoon of honey, slices of ginger, half cup of Asian soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, plus a pinch of salt and sugar. This is relatively sweet yet with a slight hint of rich, tangy flavour that will make you crave more!

    Here at Meat Cart, we guarantee that clients obtain only the best quality meats. Choose among our wide variety of meat and seafood products to compliment these barbecue sauces we have for you. Each is specifically selected and is a must try for you, your family and friends.

  • Wine And Meat: How To Pick The Best Wine For Your Meal

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    Did you know that wine and meat are perfect partners in a meal? If you are aware of the right type of wine to match perfectly with meat, you would certainly get the most out of the delicious meal that you are eating. Meatcart, not only offers top quality products for shoppers but also provides quick and easy tips on how to prepare your meat using the proper cooking technique. This can give you a direct insight on which type of wine can be the best fit for your meal. If you are interested to learn how to cook meat the easy way then consider these tips provided below and have a superb meal each and every time.

    When choosing the best wine for your selection of meat, consider this great tip. Red wine is best paired with lean beef. It’s well know that these two are a perfect match when the meal involves beef. The choices also would depend on the cut of the meat, the way it has been prepared and the sort of flavors which have been added to the dish. For grilled beef steak, you need to look for a wine that has depth with fruit or smoky oak flavour. You may try the American red Zinfandel, Spanish Roja, Cabernet or perhaps the Priorat wine as an option.

    For pan-fried meat, look for California, Washington Merlot wine, Australian Shiraz, Cabenert blends, or plain Merlot wine. For wine braised meat, choose a wine that has a complimentary taste to your food. For roasted meat, any type of wine can fit with this type of dish. You can try a lighter red wine taste such as burgundy or Pinot Noirs or if you have Carpaccio as an appetizer, try the full-flavored sparkling rose wine as an option.

    Choosing The Right Type Of Wine
    Now you know what type of wine is the best to partner with your meat preparation, it’s about time you know who and where to choose good quality wines in the Australian market. You do not want to stand in the aisle and have a hard time choosing which wine to purchase. Consider the following tips as well.

    1. Always remember that white wine is for white meat and red wine is for red meat. This is the general rule of the thumb. Just remember to enjoy your wine with your food. However, you need to select the right one for your meal. If you served a heavier meal, you need stronger wine that will match the tone of your food.

    2.For heavier sauce meals you can select wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Piedmont, Tuscan wines and many more.

    3. For spicy foods, you can choose the sweeter options such as Sancerre, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

    4 For chocolate dishes pair it with dry Cabernets

    5. For subtle textured foods, Champagne can even be the best choice.

    7. Before you go shopping for wine, you may as well do a research online and look for the type of wine that you need. Read reviews and ratings from customers who have already tried the product.

    8. Look for the label. Read all about the variety, country of origin and the name of the wine. If they offer samples and free tastings, list down your favorites so you will know what to buy.

    9. Seek assistance from the person in charge of the wine department so you can get reliable recommendation from them.

    10. Buy wines that have high ratings. This will ensure you that you only get quality, good tasting wine.

    11. Now for the final tip. You need to know the right ingredient for marinating your meat. This will not only give the meat a great taste but it will make it a lot healthier too. The secret is adding some beer or red wine in your marinade. Add it before cooking the meat. For example, 500 grams of meat will need to add 125 ml of wine or beer, one clove garlic, ginger and lemon juice.

    How To Bring Out The Flavor Of Your Meat With Wine
    Whatever wine you choose for your dish or meat, remember some of the following suggestions. This will bring out the flavour of your meat if you pair it with the right wine.

    1. For flank steak, leg of lamb, and rabbit meat go for powerful French red wine.

    2. For pork try an Italian red wine.

    3. For hamburgers and veal marsala try any red variety of wine

    4. For steak, and Osso Buco go for Italian red wine too.

    5. For barbecued beef ribs and beef stew pair it with fruity French red wine.

    6. For ham, pork and roast pork try it with fruity French wine too.

    7. For roasted steak choose the classic French wine.

    This is just a quick guide for you so you will know the perfect wine that will match the type of meat that you will prepare for meals. For more wine and meat options, just visit the Meat Cart site to find lots of tips and suggestions for your food preparations and cooking methods. You will create the best meal if you’ve got the perfect wine to which matches the taste and flavor.

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