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Meats - Gourmet Guide
June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly
igourmet's Gourmet Meat selection includes bacon, jerky, ham, turkey, chicken, duck, beef, steak, Kobe Beef, game meats, sausage, prosciutto and much more. Our meats are sourced from all over the world, including Canada, Italy, Spain and the USA. Available in cured, fresh or cooked varieties, igourmet offers the most complete line of Gourmet Meats on the web.
Discover more about Gourmet Meats:
Gourmet Bacon is cured pork cut from the fatty sides of the belly, made by artisan crafters using natural ingredients and techniques. Bacon is first salted and cured and then either dried with or without wood smoke. This delicious Gourmet Meat typically has a high fat content, although much of its fat melts off during the cooking process. Bacon may be sliced thin, thick, or in a block, called slab bacon. Bacon is often flavored with such spices as apple, maple or mesquite. igourmet offers Brown Sugar Slab Bacon, which is brown sugar cured and hardwood smoked, Hickory Smoked Virginia Bacon and Nueskes Applewood Smoked Bacon. Not sure which one to try? The Artisan American Gift Basket or the Bacon Lover's Feast in Gift Box will indulge the ultimate bacon lover!
Often considered a convenience food, Jerky is a strip of lean meat which has been preserved by air drying. Although beef tends to be the most common form of Jerky, Gourmet Jerky may be made from most meats. Seasonings and spices are often added to Jerky to produce unique flavors and textures. Jerky is a health conscious snack, as it is high in protein and low in fat. igourmet offers gourmet beef, chicken, venison and buffalo jerkies, that are perfect for hikers, campers or simply for an easy gourmet snack.
Gourmet Ham is a cut of pork from the leg of the pig. Ham is first cooked or cured and may also be smoked to add additional flavor. A Gourmet Cooked Ham is often smoked in hickory and maple woods in order to add rich flavor to the meat. Hams are prepared as bone-in, boneless or partially-boned and cuts of Gourmet Ham may be sold whole, halved, or in smaller portions. igourmet offers hard to find Gourmet Hams that are baked, smoked and glazed and specialty Hams such as Serrano Ham, Jambon de Paris and Coppa Ham.
Another type of Gourmet Ham is Prosciutto, or to be totally accurate, Prosciutto Crudo. This dry-cured Gourmet Ham from Italy is usually sliced paper thin and served uncooked. Often served as part of an antipasto platter, wrapped around vegetables, or stuffed in meats, Prosciutto is also excellent with fresh melon or as a pizza topping.
While a Gourmet Turkey is the traditional main course for a Thanksgiving feast, these large birds are excellent year round, as they are flavorful, high in protein and low in carbs. igourmet offers Free-Range Organic Turkeys delivered to you overnight. Our Organic Gourmet Turkeys are raised in a natural environment and are fed a vegetarian diet of organic grains. Our Cajun Turducken, a one of a kind culinary feast, is a semi-boneless turkey is stuffed with duck, chicken, cornbread dressing and Cajun pork sausage. We also offer Blackwing's Organic Turkey Patties that are hormone and antibiotic free.
Chicken, commonly raised for its meat and eggs, is the most widespread domesticated bird in the world. Chicken meat is a staple in many regions of the world and may be used in many meals from salads and appetizers to main and side dishes. igourmet offers Free-Range Organic Whole Chickens, Free-Range Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and Free-Range Organic Chicken Drumsticks that are hormone and antibiotic free, and are raised on an all-natural diet of organic soy beans and corn.
Duck meat is meat obtained from the breast and leg of a duck. Duck leg meat tends to be darker and fattier than the breast meat. Foie Gras is the specially fattened liver of a duck or goose. Tender and flavorful, Magret Duck meat is the breast of a Barbary duck or Mallard which is been fattened to produce Foie Gras. igourmet offers a unique selection of hard to find Gourmet Duck such as Smoked Magret Duck Breast, Duck Leg Confit, and Duck Rillettes.
Gourmet Beef and Gourmet Steak
The varied cuts of beef have different flavors and textures. The most tender cut of beef is the tenderloin from which the Gourmet Meat known as filet mignon is obtained. The rib, short loin and sirloin are obtained from the upper to the mid-back of the cow. The short loin produces the T-bone, Top Loin Steak and the Gourmet Porterhouse. Strips steaks, such as the NY Strip Steak, come from the T-bone. From the Sirloin comes the Sirloin Steak, and the Top Sirloin. While such cuts as Rib-eye and Sirloin may be less tender in texture, they are extremely flavorful.
igourmet.com offers Blackwing Brand 100% Certified Organic Gourmet Beef from Piedmontese and Piedmontese/Angus cross cattle. Our 100% Organic Gourmet Beef is fed a grass diet that creates a lean and tender Gourmet Meat that is lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than chicken! Our selection includes Strip Steaks, Ribeye, Porterhouse, Sirloin and much more!
igourmet.com also offer the famous Gourmet Meat known as Kobe Beef. This Gourmet Meat comes from the Wagyu breed of cattle, originally from Japan. Prized for its flavor, tenderness and heavy marbling, Rastelli Brand Kobe Beef melts in your mouth. Perfect for the grill, our Kobe Burgers are unparalleled in flavor, color and texture. Turn an ordinary grill night into the extraordinary.
Gourmet Game Meat
Game Meat is meat from undomesticated animals that are not typically raised on a farm. In recent years, Gourmet Game Meat has risen in popularity for its rich flavors and health benefits. igourmet.com offers a varied selection of big exotic game like venison, elk, ostrich, wild boar, lamb and rabbit. Many of these Game Meats are lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than beef, but offer high nutritional values from their protein and vitamin content.
Gourmet Sausage is made by seasopning and forming ground Gourmet Meat into a casing. Most Gourmet Meats can be used to make Gourmet Sausage, with pork, chicken and duck among the most common. Gourmet Sausage is made either fresh, which needs to be cooked prior to consumption, or cured, which is already cooked and ready to eat. igourmet.com offers many Gourmet Sausage varieties such as Sopressata, a cured seasoned pork sausage, the Cajun influenced Andouille, a smoked pork sausage, and Spanish Chorizo, a cured pork sausage blended with spices that makes a perfect additional to tapas!
When searching for Gourmet Meats online, look no further than igourmet.com.