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Go Ahead and Grill Us!

If you’re anything like us, you preemptively lit up the grill on the first nice (read: above 60 degree) day of the year, only to find yourself flipping burgers or portobellos in a winter coat after the sun and temperature dipped back down. The good news is that those early cookouts are just one glorious step in getting us nearer to real-deal summer, when eating outside begins to feel almost necessary after seven months of being cloistered to the kitchen with its mundane heat sources.

We love grilled asparagus, bell peppers, onions, corn, artichokes, and, yes, pretty much all other veggies (and fruit!), but we decided that in this season of charcoal and propane, we’d highlight what, for many, is a big part of the barbecue: meat and seafood. We have a department of the same name that offers pretty darn good selection of sustainable animal proteins, one that’s worth mentioning and even celebrating!

While irresponsible production and consumption of animals wreaks havoc on human and animal health and the environment, meat and seafood that has been raised or caught sustainably is an incredibly important alternative for those who choose to eat it. At Honest Weight, responsibly sourced meat and seafood isn’t the exception to the rule; it IS the rule, literally. Our Banned List and strict purchasing policies forbid meat or seafood that has artificial or mystery ingredients, been genetically modified, or was raised using antibiotics or hormones, among other animal-specific considerations. 

At Honest Weight, responsibly sourced meat and seafood isn’t the exception to the rule; it IS the rule, literally. So go ahead and grill us—Honesty is kind of our thing.

Learn more about our exceptional meat and seafood offerings!

Safe Grilling: Crafting the Perfect Marinade

Marinades are easy and affordable to prepare, and will impart flavor into any fish, meat, or vegetable you’re grilling. And, perhaps most importantly, they can be good for you! Adding fresh herbs, spices, citrus juice, honey, and fruit or vegetable puree to a dish provides extra antioxidants that fight disease and aging, and marinating meat and veggies can also help counteract the risks associated with grilling. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, marinating meat can lower carcinogenic substances, called HCAs, by as much as 99 percent. Here’s a foolproof guide to making an ace marinate from scratch with ingredients you already have!

  1. First, an acidic ingredient, such as vinegar, wine, beer, tomatoes, yogurt, or citrus juice. The acidic component tenderizes meat by helping to break down protein. The acid agent makes meat easier to digest, helps slow the growth of harmful bacteria, and allows moisture and flavor to permeate the meat.
  2. Next, an agent that adds sweet, spicy, or salty notes. Good options include Dijon mustard, soy sauce or Bragg’s Aminos, honey, chopped chile peppers, or other vegetable or fruit purees.
  3. Finally, an accent of fresh or dried spices. Some ideas: fresh ginger, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, coriander.

Combine all three components plus your meat, fish, or vegetables in a baggie or casserole dish and cover. Marinate in the fridge for as little as 30 minutes or as long as overnight. Grill and enjoy!

Source: Rodale’s Organic Life