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DIY Midwest Brat Board

Charcuterie boards, snack boards, butter boards, and now....brat boards! How to DIY your very own Brat Board For maximum variety, you can include: A variety of brat flavorsA few different pickles and sauerkrauts (or whatever you like)Some different mustardsA few different buns (pretzel, brioche, hard roll, etc.)Some grilled veggies to serve on the side (zucchini, peppers, corn...yum!)Of course, cheese....because this is a Midwest board, remember.Anything else you like to serve with your brats! Steps to assemble: 1. Grill up the brats as you normally would (and veggies, too, if you like).2. After the brats are cooked, slice a few of each flavor into appetizer sized discs or diagonals so people can enjoy a simple taste without necessarily taking an entire brat. Feel free to leave some brats whole on the side or as part of your display.3. Arrange the different brat flavors onto a large serving board, sorted by flavor to keep things organized. Use a toothpick and paper to distinguish between, if needed.4. Surround the brats with small dishes containing the mustards, krauts, and pickles.5. Fill in other gaps with your bite size bits of bun, grilled veggies, cheese, and anything else you plan to include! Fresh sliced radishes, carrots, and other relishes make a great addition, as well.6. Take a picture of your masterpiece, then serve and enjoy! :) >> Shop our variety of brat flavors to get started with building your own board! Find a few boards available in the shop, prepared by a local friend who has salvaged some of the wood from our own farm to create these beautiful wooden serving boards. These brats are ready to be sliced and served on a board with pickles, mustards, and all the rest!

11 Ideas for Cozy Winter Dinners

These overcast winter days have me craving all sorts of comfort foods. If you're looking for a little inspiration of what to make for dinner these days, try some of these simple, but tasty classics.

How we move beef cattle on pasture every day

Bryce and Jen decided to go grass-fed when we took over the family farm and to raise our beef in a way that promotes the health and wellness of people, animals, and the planet. You see, it's not just about being "grass-fed" that makes our beef more delicious and nutritious. It's about the way we move them. This rotational grazing method (seen in the video below) guarantees the cattle will always have lush, nutrient dense pasture to graze, which results in the incredible, clean, healthy, and exceptional quality products you have come to know and love.

How to Grill Salmon from Frozen

A huge thanks to Captain Mark and his crew at Bering Bounty LLC for sharing these tips and guidelines for cooking your fish at home from frozen. It doesn't get any easier!No need to plan ahead. No need to thaw. In fact, Captain Mark repeats that cooking these fish from frozen is the best way to go for the ultimate, delicious, and delectable meal.How to Grill Fish from the Wild Alaska Seafood Group:Be sure your grill is clean and hot before you start cooking.Brush the fish with oil, lightly, before cooking to prevent sticking.Start to grill fish with the skin side up. This lets the natural fat beneath the skin to be drawn into the filet and it'll be easier to turn.Only turn the fish once. Use a two prong kitchen fork to lift a fillet, then slide a metal spatula underneath to turn.Cook the fish for 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Fish is done when the thickest portion of meat turns from translucent to opaque throughout.If using a plank method:Soak the plank in water for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.Pat them dry, then lightly oil one side of the plank where the fish will be placed.Preheat one side of the grill to medium high with no heat on the other, indirect side.Place the planked seafood on the indirect side with no heat, then close lid and turn heat down to medium.Photo by Levi D.

6 Meal Planning Tips for Working Moms

by Katie PierceImage SourceLife as a working mom sure is hectic. Juggling job-related responsibilities with tending to the needs of the kids, sometimes you might not have time to cook for the family. Well, we’ve got an answer to that: meal planning. We’ve compiled some of our own best tips on meal planning to help you save both time and money without compromising the nutritional value and flavor of your meals. Tip #1: Tailor Meals to Your NeedsIt is important to take your and your family’s needs into consideration first. Whether someone in your family needs to follow a special diet, or you just want everyone to hop into healthier food choices, meal planning can be a great way to take everyone’s needs into consideration. When you do meal prep, you can make sure that all the meals are balanced and to the tastes of all of the family members. It is important to take your and your family’s needs into consideration before even beginning to plan for your weekly meals. Preparing nutritious dishes is not only good for kids’ growth, but also for avoiding sickly-looking skin. Meal prep helps you accommodate a family member’s special diet. It could also get your family into healthier food choices. It promotes good food practices, and can improve your family’s overall well-being.Tip #2: Get Organized Being organized when cooking saves a lot of time. Whether you are experimenting on new flavors or going back to our tried and true ways, =always make sure to write the recipe down. Here’s a good tip: you can write down all your favorite recipes in one notebook to plan your meals for the week, which can serve as your inspiration. You can also organize it based on meal types, cuisines, and of course, your family favorites!Planning meals on a budget? Well, meal planning is an excellent way to keep track of your budget. Now that you have your meals planned, you can predict your list of ingredients, and you can work your grocery list around that. On the flip side, you can first take stock of what you currently have and then plan your meals from there. It will save you the money you spend on buying double ingredients, and you’ll have less food waste that way.Tip #3: Make Doubles We can try to be creative in the kitchen by innovating our leftovers, but we can take it one step further. A good tip is to make double batches! Double batches are life savers, especially when there’s not a lot of time to cook or prepare meals. There are two ways to do it. First, you can make double batches of ingredients for two different dishes. You can make double portions of ground beef and turn half of them into homemade patties, half into meatballs for your spaghetti. The second way is to make double batches of your favorite freezer-friendly meals. Whether it is your favorite curry dish or a hearty soup, you can always make double batches of it so you can freeze and enjoy it for another day! Tip #4: Have Meal Prep Containers Meal prep containers don’t have to be all that fancy as long as they’re air-tight, food-grade, and freezer-safe. You can choose to recycle your old glass jars to save a couple of bucks. Plastic containers are fine too, but you better be careful when you load them into the dishwasher. But you can also invest in good meal prep containers that are durable and can last your meal prep adventures! Some good meal prep containers are weck jars, Glasslock containers, and stasher bags.   Tip #5: Check your CalendarIt is also essential to know what your upcoming week looks like. When you plan your meals, it is crucial to point out days when you’re not expected to cook, whether it’s date night, a family meal out, or you’re just in the mood for some take-out. This would save you time, energy, and of course, money on ingredients. This is great when you’re not only making dinners for the kids but also preparing their meals for school tomorrow. Preparing meals for the week is an excellent activity to include in your back-to-school routine. There are plenty of fun snacks that you can plan and ready ahead of the school day to avoid stress in the morning. Sundays are usually a good day to prepare your kid’s meals for the week, but you can choose any day that works best for your schedule.Tip #6: Check the Weather This might be a bit of a weird tip, but it’s also very important! If you’re expecting to get rain in the upcoming days, then perhaps it’s a good idea to add hearty meals and soups to your meal plans. Or, if you’re expecting some hot summer nights, then maybe throwing in an extra dessert element would be great! Plus, when you know what you’re expecting, you can adjust your grocery days and would know if you need to stock up on extra ingredients or supplies.Key takeawaysMeal planning is a budget-saving and hassle-free way to ensure that your family is eating right. For an efficient meal prep, remember to consider your family members’ needs, be organized, prepare doubles, invest in good meal containers, consider your schedule, and check the weather forecast.Written and submitted by Katie Pierce

Why Riemer Meats?

Please enjoy this video shared with us by the Senese family! They are long time customers and friends who use our ground pork to fit their family's special dietary needs by making their own sausage blends (see links below). Hear how they use a variety of our pork products and what they enjoy about them. :)Enjoy some of their family recipes here!DIY Italian Seasoning (Low FODMAP)Barbecue Mini MeatloavesClassic MeatballsBreakfast Sausage (Low FODMAP)This video is not sponsored and was graciously submitted by the Senese family. Thank you for watching! We love hearing from customers!>> Shop the Seasonal Pork Harvest Sale Now