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Chili

Five Dot Ranch Prime Rib: My Favorite Holiday Meat

PrimeRibPhotoI love prime rib. Decadent, luscious, succulent, and juicy–it’s what I personally choose to eat on special occasions. And nothing is more special than a holiday meal you share with your family.

As Head Butcher and Meat Buyer, I always search out the best possible products that I can bring to our guests at Bi-Rite for their seasonal celebrations. This year, I selected prime rib from Five Dot Ranch, producers of some of the finest pasture-raised beef in California.

What makes prime rib from Five Dot so special is that they strike the perfect balance between grass feeding and grain finishing. Starting cattle on grass and pasture-raising allows the animals to develop a rich beef flavor and to grow at a natural pace. Grain finishing creates the ideal amount of marbling, for a buttery mouth feel and texture. It’s the best of both worlds, like Jay-Z and R. Kelly.

Five Dot is also committed to natural raising practices. Their beef is always 100% free of antibiotics and added hormones. They have been practicing low-stress handling and holistic management of their herd for almost fifteen years.

I recommended a serving size of roughly 1-1.5 lbs raw weight per person. And I am pleased to share this exceptional beef at a value price–normally $18.99 per pound, we’re offering it for the holiday season for just $15.99 per pound.

Prime rib is fairly straightforward to prepare. All that is required is some patience and a meat thermometer to cook it to perfection! Don’t forget to always check the temperature while cooking. I’ve provided some instructions below for cooking, carving, and making flavorful pan sauces.

I and the other Butchers at Bi-Rite are always here to answer your questions, prepare your meat to your specifications, and discuss preparation techniques. We look forward to sharing this wonderful prime rib with you and your guests! Happy Holidays!

How to Cook Prime Rib

1. The night before you plan to serve the roast, remove it from the wrapping and season liberally with salt. Allow the roast to air dry uncovered on a rack in the refrigerator overnight.

2. The next day, remove roast from refrigerator at least one hour, and up to three hours, before you plan to begin cooking. It is important for the roast to be near room temperature when it hits the oven in order to achieve even cooking.

3. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. Place roast, bone side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer into center portion of roast, being careful not to touch the bone.

4. Cook slowly until internal temp on meat thermometer reaches 120 degrees for medium rare, 125 degrees for medium.

5. Remove roast from oven and tent loosely with foil. Reserve all pan juices from roasting pan and set aside to make a pan sauce. Wipe out roasting pan.

6. Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees/broil. When oven is very hot, uncover roast and return to oven. Cook until a crispy, brown crust has formed, 6-10 minutes.

7. Remove roast from oven and transfer to a large plate. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes.

How to Carve Prime Rib

Stand the roast upright, holding the bones with your free hand. Using a long thin-bladed carving knife, cut down between the bones and the meat, following the natural curvature as closely as possible. Once you reach the bottom, fold the bones out and cut through the last bit to remove them completely. Place the (now) boneless piece of meat on a cutting board, with the bone side down. Using your free hand, hold the roast steady and carve thin, even pieces. Carve only as many slices as you plan to eat right away; slice more as needed.

Don’t forget about the bones! There is lots of delicious meat in-between the bones that is great for eating or can be used in your pan sauce.

Making a Pan Sauce

Pan sauces are versatile, with endless flavor combinations.

1. After removing meat from pan, add more oil/fat (if necessary), onions, & garlic.

2. Deglaze the pan – add liquid and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom.

3. Bring liquid to a simmer and reduce by half of its volume.

4. Season any way you like:

Asian – broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallions, lime

Wine – onions, garlic, thyme, red wine, mushrooms

Caper – capers, shallots, white wine, lemon juice

…or just with salt & pepper!

5. Finish with a pad of butter (optional) and serve alongside meat.


Jessie Rogers

Turkeys and Sides! We’ve got ‘em!

 Happy Thanksgiving!

We can help you put together an unforgettable feast!
Swing by Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street or Divisadero to find everything you need for feasting and entertaining! From the perfect wine and cheese to juicy, flavorful turkeys and house-made sides, we’ve got it all.

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Bi-Rite’s Thanksgiving Menu

Fresh Turkey Selection: California-Raised Heritage, Organic, and Free Range 

House Brined and Oven Roasted Diestel Turkey Breast

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Fresh Sage

Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash with Candied Pecans

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots with Bacon Maple Syrup

Bi-Rite’s San Francisco Clam Chowder

Roasted Delicata Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots

Balsamic-Roasted Red Beets and Carrots with Citrus Segments

Cranberry-Tangerine and Honey Relish

Wild Mushroom and Zinfandel Gravy

Vegetarian Porcini Mushroom and Marsala Gravy

Green Bean & Wild Mushroom Casserole with Caramelized Onions, Chestnuts, and Breadcrumbs

Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Scallions

Wild Mushroom, Celery & Herb Bread Stuffing

Jalapeno Cornbread & House Made Chorizo Sausage Stuffing

 


Jessie Rogers

Bi-Rite’s 2013 Holiday Guide: Delicious Menus, Unforgettable Gifts, and More for a Perfect Season!

Welcome to the Bi-Rite 2013 Holiday Guide!

Our Chefs and Buyers have perfected our house-made menus and stocked our market shelves with the most exceptional locally-grown, sustainably raised, and artisan-produced products available. We look forward to helping you plan unforgettable meals and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

Happy Holidays!


Linh

Easter & Passover Menu, 2013

Passover starts at sundown on March 25th and Easter’s early this year on March 31st…our chefs are ready with spring favorites to share with your family, plus the Creamery’s fresh baked flourless sweets, hot cross buns and Lemon Sour Cream pie! Printable Menu Here.

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Bi-Rite Divis is Open!

b-man with divisadero lineThought I’d never say this….but we’re open on Divisadero Street! Please come visit us 9 am – 9 pm today and every day. Store location, hours and parking info (yes, we do have one hour parking for our guests!) is here.

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Salty Ginger Sundae, Divis contest winner!

We’ve spent about three years working towards this moment, so today is all about celebrating the long, winding path that brought us here. And what better way to do so than by treating ourselves to the newest additions to our Divis menu: the winners of our Divis Sandwich and Sundae contest!

The Giuseppe: Fra’ Mani salami and mortadella, provolone, lettuce, red onion, tomato, dijon mustard, pepperoncini, and lemon aioli on an Acme Rustic Baguette (congrats to Joseph Slattery!)

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Opening is so sweet!

The Salty Ginger: Ginger ice cream, ginger snaps, sea salt, chocolate fudge, and whipped cream (congrats to Zoe Byl!)

Now that the construction is complete, it’s time to start the important work of building relationships with our guests. Our 60 Divis staff members are eager to meet and feed you. Plus, a bunch of our passionate food makers are joining us to give out tastes of their cheese, jams and more: check out the Divis events on our calendar here.

See you soon! And now more than ever, please let us know how we can better serve you.

P.S. You’ve gotta check out this video of neighborhood pup Trotter on his first visit to the store!

 

 

 


Patrick

It’s Time: Bi-Rite Divis Opens March 13th!

birite-divis-logoRefrigerators delivered: check

Divis Sandwich and Sundae contest  entries in: check

60 new staff members hired: check (almost)!

Guess this leaves only one thing…Opening March 13th!

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Pre-opening Divis staff meeting

We can’t even wait to open our doors at 550 Divisadero (at Hayes). Just like our 18th Street Market, Divis will be open every day from 9am-9pm and will be a one-stop shop for farm direct produce, a full-service butcher counter, deli with prepared foods from our on-site kitchen, natural wine & spirits, fresh bread, local dairy… and of course important doodads like toilet paper and deodorant.

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It’s time!

What took us so long? We renovated and retrofitted the interior of the building –which was one of the original Safeways—while taking care to preserve the art deco façade. And we’re upping the ante from our 18th St. Market: Divis has an old world style cut-to-order cheese counter and an ice cream scoop shop right inside (yes, Sam’s sundae with chocolate ice cream, Maldon sea salt, bergamot olive oil and whipped cream will be here)!

We hope you’re ready to give us feedback on what dishes and items you love and what we can do better, so we can evolve together. We’ve got a 30 year lease, so we’re planning to be around for a while and we look forward to feeding the neighborhood for years.

Big thanks to our new neighbors for weathering the construction. And thanks to everyone who has already made us feel welcome—from the other Divisadero Merchants to school and church leaders from the Western Addition, Haight, Fillmore, and Hayes Valley neighborhoods that so richly intersect here!facade feb

 

 


Linh

Valentine’s is for Feeders: Our Romantic Menu

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One of the most LOVELY chocolate assortments we’ve ever seen!

As Valentine’s week kicks off, we invite you to put your focus on the important stuff (showing that special someone your inner cupid) and let us take care of your meal. Our chefs have created a special menu available tomorrow (Tuesday) through Friday, February 15th, available to pick up here at the Market.

Back by popular demand are our Petrale Sole pinwheels, laced with fresh herbs and ready to poach and serve. Chili’s offering some beautiful “Lover’s Chops” from the butcher case: these frenched double-cut heritage pork chops will be juicy and flavorful enough to make your Valentine swoon. And our wine experts have suggested three bottles that pair great with dinner, or even a box of chocolates!

Speaking of chocolate, don’t miss the amazing assortment of truffles, caramels, and bars that our team has sourced from local chocolate makers like Dandelion Chocolate, Michael Recchiuti, and Poco Dolce. And don’t forget to grab a bouquet of flowers on your way out–we’ll have them ready to go right on the street!

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Matt R.

Getting Fancy for New Year’s Eve

Now that the kiddie holiday is behind us (nothing against you, Santa!) it’s time to focus on the grown up one…bring on that New Year’s Eve party spread!

We love treating ourselves to the most special seafood on New Years and have the following available in the Market:

-Whole live oysters, perfect with a squeeze of lemon or dressed up with a simple mignonette

-Fresh Maine lobsters that come to us live, and our chefs have boiled in a court bouillon so they’re ready to serve

California White Sturgeon

-Two kinds of sustainable American caviar from California Caviar Company: Paddlefish caviar ($35/oz) and California White Sturgeon ($75/oz)

Our full New Years Menu is available for pickup in the store or pre-order with 48 hours’ notice; make it easy on yourself and serve our chefs’ Creamy Prawn Bisque with Meyer Lemon and Fresh Tarragon, Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Roasted Mushrooms, Pecan-Apricot Bread Stuffing, and more.

Nothing says “End of 2012″ like a good sparkly toast, and for that we have you well covered. Here are three of our favorite bottles of sparkly for New Year’s Eve

NV Terres Dorées Cremant de Bourgogne  –  $22.99

Jean-Paul Brun is one of our favorite Beaujolais producers who also makes a killer bottle of bubbly! This is a Blanc de Blancs, (literally ‘white of whites’) meaning it’s made entirely of Chardonnay, one of the three primary grapes in Champagne. And while this a Cremant, as in a sparkling wine made outside of the designated Champagne area of France, it certainly makes a great stand-in for true Champagne at a much more affordable price point. Jean-Paul Brun is one of those producers committed to organic farming, using only native yeasts and minimal additions of sulfur. This wine is sure to impress with aromas of lemon and biscuits, with a lush, minerally, dry finish.

NV Voirin-Jumel Grand Cru Champagne  –  $39.99

Domaine Voirin-Jumel is located in the village of Cramant (not to be confused with the term Cremant), which is one of the 17 villages in Champagne with Grand Cru status. Cramant literally means ‘mound of chalk’ and refers to the snowy looking chalk soils of this area that play an important role in both contributing minerality to the grapes as well as regulating temperature by reflecting light and heat in this generally cooler area. This Grand Cru bottling is a great value with lush aromas of apricot, white flowers, and lemon. A soft stone fruit component and long minerally finish make this the perfect wine to toast 2013 (at half the price of Veuve-Cliquot)!

NV Marie Courtin Résonance Champagne  –  $54.99

Like Cedric Bouchard, Dominique Moreau is one of those up-and-coming wine makers in the southern region of Champagne known as the Aube. She named her Domaine after her great-grandmother Marie Courtin, who often helped her work the vines. She’s a rogue producer, going against everything typical in big ‘house Champagne’ by bottling biodynamically-grown, single-vineyard, single-varietal, single-vintage Champagnes with no dosage, and use of native yeasts. And the results are remarkable: her Résonance is 100% Pinot Noir, fermented in stainless steel, and has complex aromas of peaches, quince, and almonds. A lush and full texture with a bone-dry finish make this the perfect pairing with a decadent New Year’s dinner!


In the Market Now: Our Holiday Menu!

Drop off a new and unwrapped toy, book, or piece of sports equipment at our Joy Drive before Friday so we can give them to Arriba Juntos families!

Our Christmas & New Year’s Menu is available starting today! Come by the Market to pick up our kitchen’s favorites…and to save yourself some effort, give us a call (415-241-9760) to order dishes for your holiday feast today so you can focus on family and friends next week!

Our Full Christmas and New Year’s Menu

Turkey Time: We’ve heard from some of you that you’re looking for turkeys for your holiday feast. Rest assured, we have Bill Niman’s fresh (never frozen) Heritage and Broad Breasted turkeys available for order. Our guests had delicious things to say about Bill’s turkeys last month:

“My partner’s a dark meat eater, and he was blown away by how moist the white meat was on Bill Niman’s broad breasted bird!”

“Our Bill Niman heritage turkey was delicious, such a treat….So much flavor and a nice toothsome texture, we were very happy and it made excellent turkey sandwiches and turkey salad sandwiches later in the week. “

You won’t be able to get ‘em again until next Fall, so give us a call (415-241-9760) to reserve yours today! Check out page nine of our Holiday Guide for details on both of these delicious, locally raised birds.

Want to know another way to stress less? Place your order for pick up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, since Christmas Eve (Monday) will be busy here on 18th Street!

Holiday Hours, Parking Info, Menus and More


Announcing the Good Food Awards Finalists…Our PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut included!

Aren’t we fortunate? The Good Food Awards team announced this year’s finalists and not only does the list includes our own PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut, but we’re proud to stock about 15 of the other finalists on our shelves! Hmmm, now I’m thinking how cool it would be to gift a bag of all of these for the holidays….here’s the full list of finalists you can find on our shelves:

Pickles

Bi-Rite Market PUBLIC Label Kohlrabi Kraut

Emmy’s Pickles and Jams Bread n’ Butter

Charcuterie

La Quercia Borsellino Dry Sausage

Chocolate

Askinosie Chocolate Dark Milk Chocolate Bar + Fleur de Sel

Dandelion Chocolate Dominican Republic 70% & Madagascar 70% & Venezuela 70%

Lillie Belle Farms Most Awesome Chocolate Bar EVER

Rogue Chocolatier Hispaniola & Sambirano

Coffee

Sightglass Coffee Ethiopia – Yukro Gera

Preserves

INNA Jam Pretty Spicy Fresno Chili Jam

Sosu Srirachup

Cheese

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Petit Frere

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Bay Blue

Uplands Cheese Company, Pleasant Ridge Reserve

Beer

Bear Republic Brewery, Racer 5 IPA

View the full list of 2013 Good Food Awards Finalists here. 

Finalists are those entrants that rise to the top in the Blind Tasting and are also able to clearly articulate how they fit the Good Food Awards industry-specific criteria of environmental and social responsibility. Finalists attested to responsible production by detailing their efforts to eliminate or reduce pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, source ingredients locally where possible, implement water and energy conservation, ensure traceability to the farm level, practice good animal husbandry and exercise fair and transparent treatment of workers and suppliers.

This year’s 182 Finalists were chosen from among 1,366 entries from 31 states in nine industries. In geographic trends this year, Washington, D.C. is emerging as a hub of Good Food, with 14 Finalists hailing from its food shed of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Colorado (10), Washington state (10), Wisconsin (9) and Texas (9) all had strong showings. California had the largest number of finalists (43), followed by Oregon (22) and New York (16).

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients.

The 100 winners will be announced in a 400-person ceremony at the Ferry Building on January 18, 2013, followed by a 15,000-person Good Food Awards Marketplace on January 19. Winners will sample and sell their winning products at the public Marketplace, which takes place alongside the renowned CUESA Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Tickets and details will be available at www.goodfoodawards.org in mid-December. See you there!