What is Butcher Paper? Learn the Do’s and Don’ts When Cooking with Butcher Paper 0 1384

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Cooking trends come and go. The bad trends fall by the wayside while the good trends stick around for years or a lifetime. When cooking at home, most of us rely on quality products to prepare the best meal possible for our family or guests. If you’re like me, you take no shortcuts. Take butcher paper for example. While butcher paper has been used for years by our butchers and fish stores, more and more cooks have become wise to its cooking benefits. From roasts to smoking brisket, the possibilities are endless – and delicious. We will touch on the “how” and “why” shortly, but first, let’s get a good understanding of what butcher paper is.

What is Butcher Paper?

If you have ever purchased meat or fish from a local butcher or fishmonger, you have likely had your product wrapped in butcher paper. This paper is of a higher quality than common freezer paper, and its best uses come when cooking with it.

In most cases, butcher paper is 100% food grade and FDA approved. This means that you can trust the product so much that you can cook with it alongside your favorite meat or fish. You would want to avoid cooking with any other type of grocery-grade paper as they will likely be traced or lined with plastic – not the best complement to your roast!

Butcher paper is almost always within arms distance of every great chef or pit master. Whether you’re preparing a meat or fish for family at home, or outside smoking a brisket, butcher paper can be used in any situation depending on the recipe and what you’re looking to achieve.

The Right Butcher Paper is Key

As mentioned above, you will first want to start with weeding out any freezer paper or wax paper that comes coated. Again, quality is important, but most important is to choose a product that will not be harmful to you or your friends and family. While it may seem obvious some things need to be said. Don’t even think of using paper bags that may be used for bagging your groceries. Aside from the strong possibility that they may catch on fire, they are not sterile and may have been produced using chemicals. So, avoid at all costs. If your plan is to cook a roast wrapped in butcher paper, even wrapping it in foil will be better than any of the options above.

Why Use Butcher Paper?

As we know, the French have perfected the art of cooking. While cooking meals wrapped in a pouch likely goes back thousands of years, the French have it down to a science. Known as “en papillote”, or “in its pouch”, this style of cooking food wrapped in butcher paper, or similar, allows you to toss in herbs, vegetables, butter or your favorite sauces alongside your meat or fish of choice. The end result? Perfection. The seal created by the butcher paper allows for the moisture to combine everything inside the package, creating an amazing pocket of deliciousness that is hard to duplicate without this process.

There is no shortage of proteins you can wrap in your favorite butcher paper. While the most common is fish, chicken, roasts, and vegetables can all be wrapped in butcher paper to create an amazing meal. Of course the more you add to your recipe the more flavors will meld together, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Types of Butcher Paper

White butcher paper

White butcher paper is also found in your local fish or meat store. You may have had your deli sandwich wrapped in it too. While white butcher paper is FDA approved and uncoated with harmful chemicals, it less common with cooking because it is more breathable. Meaning that it does not trap in moisture.

Pink or peach butcher paper

Do not let the name fool you. Pink and peach butcher paper comes in more than two colors, ranging from light brown to a darker pink, but this is the standard when it comes to cooking with butcher paper. This durable paper allows your meats and fish to breathe, preventing it from getting soggy. Peach paper is perfect for wrapping meats that you plan to roast or smoke since the paper allows flavors to be absorbed. A common ally of BBQ pit masters when smoking meats like brisket.

Freezer paper

Unlike the higher quality pink or peach butcher paper, freezer paper comes coated. This coating prevents freezer burn, so it has its place in the cooking world, just avoid it if you plan on using paper for roasting, baking, or smoking.

Butcher Paper vs Foil

Wrapping your food in foil grabs the meat’s fat and juices, allowing it to be reabsorbed, creating a braising effect. Depending on the type of meat you plan on cooking, and where you plan to cook your meat (oven vs smoker), foil can provide plenty of benefits, but you should also be aware of producing an overly moist environment.

Looking for breathability in your wrapping? Butcher paper wins hands down. Butcher paper traps less steam compared to foil, keeping your meat moist without making it overly soggy.

Why Wrap Your Meats?

Cooks and pit masters wrap their meats to prevent the meat from drying out at the end of the cooking process or to allow moisture to be present throughout the entire cooking process.

In the End, Choose Wisely

When choosing a paper always choose a food grade product. Made in America is always a good start but ensure the butcher paper is FDA approved. Again, this means that it is safe to be in contact with food. While you can always choose a lower quality paper for presentation, if you plan to roast, cook, or smoke your meat or vegetables, the best quality butcher paper won’t do you wrong. But keep in mind that food grade does not always mean that you can cook with it. Food grade simply means it can come into contact with your food without contaminating it with harmful chemicals.

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Here’s How You Can Score FREE Taco Bell Today 0 393

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Everyone in America gets free tacos from Taco Bell today, October 30, thanks to baseball. As expected, the Chalupa-slinging fast food chain’s annual “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” free food giveaway was triggered by the first stolen base of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. We repeat: Free tacos at Taco Bell. For everyone. Today.

Sure, it may not be the World Series you were hoping for, but a nationwide free taco party is something everyone can get excited about, no matter who you root for. Literally everyone is a winner. You just have to head to your local T-Bell and they’ll present you with an edible trophy. 

When and where to get the free tacos

Taco Bell is promising to give everyone in the United States one free Doritos Locos Taco; specifically, one Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco (the chain killed off the Fiery and Cool Ranch versions in August). To get your free taco, simply go to Taco Bell and request the freebie on October 30 any time between the hours of 2pm and 6pm (local time) while supplies last. Better yet, if you order your free Doritos Locos Taco through the Taco Bell mobile app, you don’t have to abide by the time limitations; you can get it any time throughout the day for pickup (no additional fee) or delivery (for an additional fee). Either way, just extend your hand, grasp your free taco, maybe squirt some Fire Sauce on it, and eat it. No exchange of currency required. 

4 Foods That Taste Better in New York City 0 168

One of the biggest challenges of any visit to New York City is narrowing down your meal choices. With a dizzying array of global cuisines and local favorites, the city is flush with an abundance of food and drink options. Here are four foods that taste inexplicably but undoubtedly better in New York City:

Bagels

In a big and busy city such as New York, many people simply do not have the time to indulge in a fancy breakfast. This is why the bagel has distinguished itself as the iconic breakfast for locals. You can find these pillowy delicacies at food carts located on nearly every street corner as well as at restaurants, cafes, and bodegas. New York bagels come in many flavors to satisfy every foodie’s cravings. You can easily find delicious sweet options as well as savory choices, and there are plenty of toppings to choose, from flavored cream cheese to a sweet rainbow spread.

Hot Dog

You cannot turn around on the streets of Manhattan without hitting a hot dog truck. This ubiquitous street food is everywhere. A hot dog will cost you as little as $1, making it an affordable and filling meal to eat while on the go touring the city. For a traditional New York hot dog, be sure to add sauerkraut, onions, relish, and spicy brown mustard. When it comes to New York hot dogs, the messier the experience, the better.

Pizza

The quintessential New York-style thin-crust pizza dates back to the early 1900s. New York boasts a bevy of pizza restaurants with the most famous ones being Joe’s and Lombardi’s. Be prepared to wait in line if you arrive at one of these hot spots during the lunch or dinner rush. You can also head to Little Italy for your pick of authentic pies with an assortment of toppings. Pizza is also a great late-night snack anywhere in New York.

Cheesecake

New York-style cheesecake uses heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs, and egg yolks to create a rich taste and smooth consistency. Two of the most popular places to sample this delectable dessert are Lindy’s and Junior’s. A visit to the iconic Junior’s in Times Square is a must-do for any visitor to New York City. This is a perfect stop after catching a Broadway show or simply touring the city. 

You owe it to your taste buds to check out the famous classic foods of New York. You will not regret indulging yourself with the mouth-watering specialties of this vibrant city.
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