Firelands Cattle Company: Kobe Beef

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Firelands Cattle Company was founded in 2007 in Shelby, OH. The owners bring decades of experience of the food production industry. The herd that they get their meat from is located in Herminston, Oregon. The distinct marbling that you find in their meat comes from superior genetics and intense care during the rearing process. The feeding process is carefully regulated throughout the various stages of growth. Their cattle receive an all natural feed too. Their animals are all hormone free.

American Kobe is known to be one of the greatest tasting red meats available. The delicate marbling of the meat is what gives it the superior texture and taste Kobe is known for. Traditional USDA grading systems call for 6%-8% of marbled fat. For Firelands, they produce beef with a fat content of 20%-25%. The marbling in Kobe beef is mostly made up of monounsaturated fat which is known for lower LDL cholesterol. What this means is that you can eat this meat guilt free!

What products does Firelands Cattle Company offer? You can get 1/3 lb beef patties, T-bone steaks, rib eye steaks, rib steaks, tri-tips, porter house, sirloin, beef tenderloin, beef short ribs, and rib, english cut. I was able to try a few of these, and I can tell you that this meat is excellant! Everyone in my family couldn’t get enough of it! It is that good! We will definitely be getting this again!

FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer

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I recently got the opportunity to review the FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer. The FoodSaver® Brand is the market leader in the vacuum packaging category with their full line of FoodSaver® appliances, bags, rolls and accessories. The FoodSaver® system keeps food fresh up to 5x longer than ordinary storage methods like zipper bags, foil, plastic wrap, and uses specially-designed bags and canisters to lock out air and moisture to prevent freezer burn. I got to review it for myself at home and I’ll be having Foodsaver party also. (Like a Tupperware party but you don’t have to buy anything! LOL)

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I love purchasing food in bulk. However, up till now, it was hard to keep that food fresh. This is all the meat we bought at the grocery store. They had a great deal on the ribs (it was buy a package and get the second one free. You can’t go wrong on a deal like that!). All the other meat also was on sale. However, that is why too much for my little family of 4 to eat in a week. That’s where the Foodsaver comes in.

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It is super easy to vacuum seal your stuff. The hardest party is putting the bag into the Foodsaver just right so it kicks on. The rest of it is pretty simple.

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We used both the premade bags you can get and also made a few of our own! All this meat was a great test for the FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer!

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We were then able to stick them right in the freezer. Next year, we will have a garden and I’m super excited to know we can use this on mason jars so we can can some of our left over vegetables! My MIL made a ton of homemade spaghetti sauce that I’m dying to make myself! We are even thinking of getting a Costco membership since we now can take advantage of buying things in bulk!! I’m even going to make some bread and vacuum seal it. I love that you can buy all sorts of sizes and kinds of bags. I love that I can use it on meat and snacks alike. I love that I can use to for canning. I love that it easily fits right on my counter, so it’s easy to use.

As you can see, I am super excited with our FoodSaver® V4880 Vacuum Sealer! What would you like to be able to vacuum seal at your house?

Betty Crocker Potato Buds Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Pamela S. Congrats!

Whether you prefer your mashed potatoes topped with butter, sour cream or cheese, the Betty Crocker Potato Buds that you’ve come to know and love has a new and improved taste that is sure to please even your pickiest eaters. And ready in just five minutes, they’re perfect for busy weeknights and last minute dinner ideas!  I like real mashed potatoes just as much as the next person, but with two little ones (and a puppy), I just don’t have the time nor the patience to make them.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll remember a few of my recipes that use mashed potatoes: Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Bake, Italian Style Meatloaf, and Italian Sausage Mashed Potato Pie.  Betty Crocker Potato Buds would work perfect in all three of these recipes.  Betty Crocker has a few of their own recipes that this can be used in too including Beef Pot Pie with Potato Biscuit Crust and Italian Hamburger Deep Dish.

Did you know that Betty Crocker Potato Buds are gluten-free?  If you are looking for some gluten-free recipes, make sure you check out Potato-Crusted Salmon and Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Soup!

Since my family has enjoyed this so much, I’ve arrange for one lucky reader to get a Betty Crocker Potato Buds prize pack.  The prize pack  includes a box of Betty Crocker Potato Buds, a serving bowl, a trivet and a serving spoon.  Who couldn’t use that?  For those who don’t win, I have a 55 cent off coupon you can download, so you can try these yourself!  Here’s what you need to enter:

Tell me what you would use the Betty Crocker Potato Buds for?  A side dish?  Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for mashed potatoes?  Did you find something on the Betty Crocker website that you want to try these with?

These will give you one additional entry (for each thing):

1. Twitter about this contest. I’ve added a Tweet button at the top of this post to make it super easy to do too! Just let me know in the comments that you did. Also, you can do this daily!

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Good luck! This contest will end November 1st, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.

The product, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.