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Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving!

We know Thanksgiving can be a stressful time with family in town, holiday parties to attend and schedule, large meals to cook or host. This year, we’re bringing back the joy of Thanksgiving and taking away the stress, because we believe there should be less hassle, more holiday! In order to make navigating this Thanksgiving as convenient and easy as possible, we’ve got the answers below to your most frequently asked questions and then some, from all the logistics including how much turkey you need, our complete meal solutions, as well as how to give back and help others in need this Thanksgiving.

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When are you open?
We’re open seven days a week 9am-9pm leading up to Thanksgiving Day, closed Thanksgiving Day, and back open at 9am on Friday, 11/25. Plan your trip in advance: you can now pre-order via our convenient NEW e-commerce website for in-store pick up because, you know, the internet never sleeps.

How do I place a turkey or holiday menu order without having a meltdown in the wine aisle?

  • Pre-order at your leisure on our fancy new e-commerce website shop.biritemarket.com! *(Deadline for pre-orders is Tuesday, 11/22 at 4pm)
  • On the phone: 18th Street – (415)-241-9760, Divisadero – (415)-551-7900, no elevator music, we promise!
  • In person at our 18th Street or Divisadero Markets during regular store hours.

captureI’m trying to prevent Thanksgiving from being a hassle, still please my in-laws, and impress my really cute downstairs neighbor. How do I preorder like a boss?
Our e-commerce website is live, and our complete Thanksgiving menu is ready for pre-orders from here on out, from Friendsgiving-in-a-box to host gifts, we’ve got you covered! Heritage turkey and wine are guaranteed to please the in-laws (you can even customize a case of wine according to their tastes!) and vegan wild mushroom stuffing for that cute downstairs neighbor.

Other “good-to-knows” to make sure your Thanksgiving order isn’t in shambles Wednesday night:

  • Order pick-up dates are Friday 11/18 – Saturday 11/26 (except Thanksgiving Day, 11/24). You will be able to choose your pick-up window.
  • We sell out of specific sizes and types more quickly than you’d imagine so order early! Online ordering for Thanksgiving ends on 11/22 at 4pm, better to not procrastinate!
  • A 24-hour pick-up preparation time will apply for all orders, i.e. you can’t place a pre-order on Saturday 11/21pm for Sunday 11/22 10am pick up. Give us the time and we’ll give you some truly Good Food.

How and where do I pick up my Thanksgiving preorder?
You can choose which Market (18th or Divisadero), and specify your pickup date and time during the checkout process on shop.biritemarket.com or over the phone.

If I ordered something for Tuesday and can’t make it till Wednesday, is that ok? What do I need to do?
No problem! Simply log into your account on shop.biritemarket.com and update your preorder with the new date.

I have a lot more questions that this blogpost doesn’t even begin to cover, can we chat?
Of course! Contact us at shop.biritemarket.com/contact-us or call us at the markets!

turkeyspread3webI’m envisioning a spread that is equal parts traditional, exciting and deeply delicious, like your hip cousin’s artisanal beer meets my great-aunt’s snickerdoodles, with no drama or burnt eyebrows involved, what do I do?
That’s what we’re here for! Our Complete Dinner Solutions (aptly titled Friendsgiving in a Box) come in three sizes, small, medium, and large. We’ll handle the turkey, stuffing, gravy and pie, you add on the fun stuff like salads, sides and ice cream! PS: we make a mean Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream (it’s what we’d recommend to the thrifty great-aunt AND the really hip older cousin).

I want a really good turkey, a responsible bird, you know? The kind I can take home to my parents.
Our BN Ranch Heritage Turkey is the best turkey we know, with intensely flavorful meat and the highest standards of sustainable ranching to its credit. We also have BN Ranch Broad-Breasted Turkeys for folks that want the benefits of a BN Ranch bird but prefer more white meat. Lastly, we have a select number of Mary’s Organic and Free-Range Turkeys – a great, clean bird, at a more affordable price. All of our turkeys are always fresh and never frozen. Only responsible, tasty birds in our kitchens!

Could you just cook the darn bird for me?turkeysolo_web
Our Whole Cooked Turkeys are available only as part of our Friendsgiving in a Box complete dinner solutions. However, we do sell our Braised Dark Meat and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast in our entrees section, as well as in the deli case at the Markets, come on over!

How many pounds of turkey do I need to buy per person?
Plan for 1 pound of meat for each guest. Plan for 1.5 pounds of meat if you want leftovers and/or have growing teenagers on hand.

I bought my turkey, now what?
We trust the New York Times’ simple Roasted Heritage Turkey recipe for a beautifully cooked bird, time after time. Please don’t fry your beautiful bird, or stuff it with bacon in a duck, in a chicken, in an octopus. #Turduckenpus Or, try our deconstructed heritage turkey recipe.

How about a simple recipe for gravy?
Here’s our go-to recipe!

holidaybaking-8I’m trying to make a pie crust to rival my grandmas, host a cookie party AND make this really special dessert for my three different friendsgivings, where do I even start?
We have all the baking supplies that you need. Either come in to the Markets and peruse the aisles at your convenience or have all your holiday baking supplies delivered to you via Instacart!

Do you have premade pie crusts?
Yes we do! We have two kinds of frozen pie crust and they’re both great and available at the markets or delivered to you via Instacart!

Speaking of which, are y’all any good at making pies?

Heck yeah, we make a darn good pumpkin, apple and pecan pie! Pro tip: pair them with our seasonal ice creams for an exceptionally festive dessert course!

How do you know when a popersimons_verticalmegranate is ready to eat?
Ripe pomegranates will be heavy for their size, and/or have cracked skin. They’re also very fragile fruits, so be gentle with them! Here’s our guide on how to deseed a pomegranate!

How do you pick a good persimmon? Do they get soft?
Fuyu’s (flat and stout) are delicious when firm and crunchy like apples. Hachiya’s (bigger and hefty) are ready to eat when soft and pulpy! Eat ’em with a spoon like pudding!

What cheeses can I bring to parties and friendsgivings? The pilgrims definitely weren’t pairing burrata wi
th their harvest turkey, right?
For us, the holidays are about celebrating the seasonal Alpine cheeses that our Cheese Buyer works so hard to bring us this time of year. The incredibly unique, 250-pound wheel of Slow Food designated Gotthelf Emmentaler – an intense and nutty cheese that puts the industrially-produced emmethatlers of the world to shame is special staff favorite. But really, anything on our Cheese Course has been curated to pair beautifully with your holiday meal.

What wines do you recommend? How do I pair wines with my Thanksgiving Meal?
We’ve curated a wonderful selection of wines on our e-commerce site but what we’re *most* excited about is our #BiRitePicks custom wine service! You tell us what you like, what you’re trying to pair with, and we’ll customize a case of bottles that best fit your tastes! A personal sommelier service, because you’re worth it!

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Do you do custom holiday arrangements?
Yes, we do! We use all California grown, sustainable, usually farm-direct flowers in our custom holiday bouquets and centerpieces!

What else do you have up your floral sleeves?
We’re so proud of all the Californian floral farmers we get to work with year-round, you can always stop by the Markets for beautiful bouquets to celebrate the season and make someone’s day with flowers!

4061a39f-cc70-40e2-9d7c-e6ca1cbe8dc4How does Bi-Rite give back to the community during the holidays? How can we be a part of community giving this Thanksgiving?
Supporting our community is a year-round pillar of our business. Every time you shop with us, you are helping us make a difference by empowering our youth, strengthening  the community and creating resilience. This Thanksgiving, you can help us donate nutritious meals to families in need through our online donation page, as part of your preorder.

 

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Chili

Local, Locale & the Evolution Of BN Beef

As climate issues have made it more difficult to produce great grass-fed beef locally, even seasonally, Bill Niman and BN Ranch have modified their approach to grass-fed beef.  Bill has chosen to reach out to his network of like-minded ranchers to seek out the best pastures in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.  Bill has long preached about locale being as important as local – raising the plants and animals best suited to a given locality – and with cattle production being severely challenged by our global climate issues (particularly in drought-stricken California), the need to find quality pasture has become key to offering great grass fed-beef year round.

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The herd at BN Ranch in Bolinas

We’ve gotten off to a great start with this year’s BN Ranch grass-fed beef program, and the beef coming from New Zealand has been spectacular.  Raised on grasses similar to those here in Northern California and in a comparable climate, the beef has had terrific flavor and exceptional marbling.  Beginning in July, we will start seeing the transition into BN’s North American beef.  Some strategic changes have been made to this year’s program in order to maintain more consistent marbling throughout the season.  Last year Bill’s team learned that although the lush pastures of the Sacramento Delta provided bountiful grasses to graze on, the intense summer heat greatly reduced the amount of grass consumed by the steer, resulting in less marbled beef during August and September.  In the same way Bill extended his network into New Zealand to provide us with great grass-fed beef during our winter months, he has also reached out to his peers in Alberta, Canada to secure cattle that will be grazing on equally lush pastures but in a much more temperate climate.

Bill Niman explaining his grass-fed beef program

Bill Niman explaining his grass-fed beef program

In preparation for the launch of this year’s North American beef, we spent a few hours last week with Bill Niman on his ranch in Bolinas.  We toured his pasture, met the cows, and got the low down on what makes his grass-fed beef so special. We also checked in on his heritage turkey flock, which will be laying the eggs for all our heritage turkeys.

While we walked out to the pasture where the herd of Black Angus was grazing, Bill gave us a quick primer on the grasses that make up the diet of the herd (including rye and clover).  He spoke at length about how he rotates pastures to optimize the nutrition from the grass, allowing the cattle to efficiently put on mass.  When we were about 150 yards away from the herd, Bill gave them a yell and a whistle and about 45 calves and their mothers ambled over to gather around us.  It was striking how calm and curious his animals were; in all my other experiences cattle rarely let a stranger invade their space, let alone a dozen strangers eager to befriend them.

Bill takes a Zen approach to raising his beef – he believes that keeping animals calm and living harmoniously with their environment greatly improves the quality of their meat.  If the flavor, marbling, and that ocean view are any indication, we have a lot to look forward to this summer.

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Welcoming Thanksgiving: Our Guide to a Perfect Celebration

Thanksgiving is upon us! I love this time of year for the celebrations and wonderful food. From gorgeous seasonal produce, to amazing roasts and turkeys (including, of course, unforgettable heritage turkeys from BN Ranch), to ready-to-eat foods and complete dinner kits prepared in our Kitchens by our talented Chefs, we’re here to help reduce the stress of your holiday. I invite you to peruse our 2014 Thanksgiving Guide to see everything our Buyers and Chefs have created for you; you can view it online below, or pick up a printed copy at either Bi-Rite Market.

Partnering with Instacart is another way we can make your Thanksgiving more convenient. You can now pre-order your holiday meals for pickup at either Bi-Rite Market location from our special online Holiday Market. Simply choose Bi-Rite at 3639 18th Street or 550 Divisadero Street as your pick-up location, and you’re all set.

As always, we’re here to help make your Thanksgiving entertaining a success. Come in and chat with us, or call us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays to All!


Chili

Bi-Rite Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

TurkeyThe big day is almost here! I’ve been working with the best producers in California to bring my favorite heritage, organic, and free-range turkeys to our markets. But just as important as selecting a great sustainably-raised turkey is cooking it to perfection. So here’s a quick guide to help make the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal unforgettable. Keep reading for tips, recipes, and a printable .pdf guide to keep on hand in the kitchen.

If you haven’t reserved your turkey yet, we still have a wonderful selection available from BN Ranch, Diestel, and Mary’s available for pre-order here.

Bill Niman‘s BN Ranch heritage turkeys are the closest you can come to what the Pilgrims ate at Thanksgiving. Their vegetarian diet is free of growth promotants, antibiotics, and corn, which produces rich, flavorful dark meat. The turkeys are truly free-range, and are able to graze and forage on their own. Their body composition is different than conventional turkeys, so they require a different approach to cooking to ensure that their larger legs and smaller breasts cook evenly.

Tips for Roasting Heritage Turkeys:

  • We do NOT recommend that Heritage turkeys be brined. This ensures better texture, and maintains the naturally intense  flavor of these special birds.
  • Let the turkey come to room temperature before roasting.
  • Heritage birds typically have a humped breast bone, and the bird will be somewhat leaner than a conventional turkey, with darker meat. Because of their unique breast-to-leg ratio, the breast will reach doneness long before the legs and thighs. There are two ways to address this: Either roast the bird whole until the breasts are done, and then finish cooking the legs separately, or remove and braise just the legs and roast the rest of the turkey whole.
  • Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes prior to slicing. This ensures evenly juicy meat.

Recipe for Whole Roast Heritage Turkey:
Courtesy of Chef Dan Barber of Stone Barns and Blue Hill, NY

Ingredients

BN Ranch Heritage Turkey
Butter
Salt and Pepper

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Let turkey come to room temperature. Carefully separate skin from the breast meat and rub softened butter on to breast. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Set the turkey, breast side up, on the rack of a large roasting pan. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Roast for 20 minutes.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cover turkey loosely with tin foil. Roast until the thermometer inserted into the inner thigh registers 150 degrees (2 to 3 hours, depending on turkey size).
  • Transfer turkey to cutting board. Let stand for at least 45 minutes to cool down. Remove legs and thighs, careful to not take too much skin with you.
  • Place thighs, skin side, on a roasting pan and continue cooking 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear. Separately slice breast and thigh and plate while still warm.

Recipe for Traditional Broad-Breasted Turkey:

After removing neck and giblets from the body cavity, rinse the bird with cold water. Pat cavities and body dry with a paper towel. Rub body and neck cavities with salt if desired, and stuff loosely. Truss neck cavity with metal skewer and truss legs. To remove the truss just lift the ring and pull it up and over the end of the drumstick. To secure the truss, hold the drumsticks together, lift the ring and pull it over the drumsticks.

Spread exterior of turkey with a blend of your favorite herbs and spices or with a paste made of the following ingredients:

4 Tbsp oil (melted butter or olive oil)
4 tsp. salt, or to taste
2 tsp. paprika

  • Heat oven to 325º F. Place bird in open pan, breast side up. Pour two 8 ounce cups of water in bottom of pan. Place in oven. If roasting turkey unstuffed then decrease roasting time by approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to turn the bird while roasting as it will brown to a rich, golden color. However, a piece of foil should be placed loosely over the breast for the last hour of roasting.
  • Take the temperature by inserting a meat thermometer in the thigh joint, where the leg connects to the breast; the turkey is done when it reads 155-160°. When done, the thickest part of the drumstick will feel soft. Remove from oven. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Weight    Approximate        Time to Start
(lbs)      Roasting Time     Checking Temperature

6-10 lbs.      approx. 2 hrs.         1 ½ hrs.
10-12 lbs      3 – 3 ¼ hrs.            2 ½ hrs.
12-14 lbs.     3 ¼  – 3 ½  hrs.     2 ½ hrs.
14-16 lbs.     3 ½  – 3 ¾  hrs.     2 ¾ hrs.
16-18 lbs.     3 ¾  – 4 hrs.            3 hrs.
18-20 lbs.     4 – 4 ½  hrs.           3 ¼ hrs.
20-22 lbs.     4 ½  – 5 hrs.           3 ¾ hrs.
22-24 lbs.     5 – 5 ½  hrs.           4 hrs.
24-26 lbs.     5 ½  – 5 ¾  hrs.    4 ¾ hrs.

If you have any questions or need additional tips, you can always call us or stop in and talk to a butcher, and we’ll be happy to help. Happy Thanksgiving!

ThanksgivingScapePrintable Guide- page 1 (pdf)

Printable Guide- page 2 (pdf)