If there are two things in the world that I know for sure, they are this:
- Moving your family 500 miles across two states, taking the time to find new employment, securing new housing, and starting your kid in online schooling all at the same time burns through cash like nothing I’ve known before. Needless to say, we’ve been cooking a ton of meals at home lately instead of eating out.
- Guys love meat, and we love fire. And putting the two together as we stand over it and watch it cook produces more pleasure than most other things in our sad little lives. My grill and smoker are all I need to keep me busy for hours on a warm, sunny weekend. And it’s getting to be just about that time. I love it when the weather is nice enough to gather the whole family in the backyard, set up some chairs, open up a cooler full of icy beverages, and cook tons of cow, chicken, pig, and whatever other meat I can get my hands on.
So when Passanante’s Home Food Services recently contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying a blogger sampler box of their all-natural meats and 100% organic vegetables, I didn’t think twice. Not even for a second.
But I wasn’t at all familiar with Passanante’s before I got their email, so I checked out their website. I read about their humble beginnings as a corner market and neighborhood butcher shop in Bristol, PA back in 1916, and how the company has grown into what it is today – a state of the art processing facility that delivers premium quality foods to thousands of customers across the country. Back in the 1950’s, Passanante’s delivered their meats to their customers in Philly and the surrounding areas, a practice which is still a huge part of their business. Currently, their delivery service covers an eight state area, which includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Colorado.
Passanante’s custom-tailors packages for your family based on their extensive line of all-natural meats, organic veg, and many brand name grocery store items. They offered to build my sample package with a breakfast lean, replacing some of their usual blogger sampler meats with meats that my family and I could use when cooking our favorite morning meals, but still providing some of their usual favorites! They carry Beef, Chicken, Pork, Bison, Lamb, Veal, and a huge variety of Seafood. All of their meats are raised naturally using no hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. Passanante’s differs significantly from most food-delivery services in that it bypasses the wholesaler-retailer marketing concept and controls the production process from start to finish, contracting with USDA-certified organic farms and ensuring quality and cleanliness by maintaining an on-premises USDA inspector. All of their products are individually wrapped and bi-vacuum-sealed for easy cooking and their products are all flash-frozen at an icy -40 degrees F to ensure freshness.
As I read about the convenience of having your meats and vegetables delivered right to your home every month, I couldn’t help but think about how much time and frustration it would save today’s average American, most of whom struggle to find the time to fit grocery shopping into our already hectic schedules.
I knew I wanted to use each of Passanante’s items as the focal point of each dish, so I kept my cooking as uncomplicated as I could to showcase the meat itself. When the delivery of food arrived at my house, I couldn’t wait to dig in. There’s no way in the world that you could put together a respectable breakfast package and not include some sausages, right? Passanante’s treated me very well and included several different kinds of sausages and wursts in my boxes. One of the first things I made was this unbelievably flavorful hash using their Cheddar Jalapeno Bratwurst along with their 100% USDA certified organic potato/onions/pepper blend. For this dish, I basically just shed the natural casings off the meat, and chopped it into bite-sized chunks. When I did this, most of the cheesy goodness that was inside of the sausage actually melted and covered the crumbles completely, which produced a really interesting (in a good way) dynamic. I fried up the potato blend and combined it with the meat to produce this delicious and ultra filling breakfast plate.
The mild and spicy Italian sausages were some of the best I’ve ever eaten. I used some to top my experimental pizza one evening when I had some extra time and patience to make fresh dough.
We also had a chance to sample two of their chicken sausages (Buffalo & blue cheese and Spinach & feta) and they also were amazingly flavorful and fresh! Their poultry and pork are raised on farms in Maryland and Pennsylvania and fed an all-natural diet. They too are raised free of antibiotics, hormones, or chemical additives.
And then there are the steaks. Oh the steaks! Absolutely delicious. These steaks, although frozen and thawed before cooking, tasted like they came strait from the butcher shop that afternoon. No exaggeration. I was given NY Strips, Filet Mignon, and Flat Iron steaks to sample, and I was in grillmaster heaven with them. And they were all incredible! The beef is grass fed, and grain finished. The grass feeding promotes healthiness in the beef, while the grain finishing ensures a great texture, taste, and proper amount of marbling. These meats are seriously top quality.
One morning, I grilled up a couple of their Flat Iron steaks for the wife and I, and added some farm fresh eggs for my version of a classic Steak & Eggs breakfast. Again, the flavor and tenderness of the meat was absolutely stunning.
Their thick-cut bacon was to die for. I’m always looking for good bacon, because it can sometimes be hard to find outside of visiting a butcher. This bacon was primo.
These salty pig strips were the perfect thickness for our bacon, cheese, egg, and avocado biscuit sandwiches, and had the perfect meat:fat ratio. The hickory-smoked flavor was deep but not overwhelming. It was pretty much perfect.
Chicken breasts are always some of my favorite meats to work with because they are so versatile. One evening, we decided to just grill them up with a little seasoning and make a fresh and crisp grilled chicken salad for dinner. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the chicken was some of the best and most tender I’ve had in a while.
Passanante’s also sells a huge lineup of fresh-frozen pastas and Italian entrees, soups and side orders, and scrumptious desserts, like this Apple Walnut Crumb Cake. We enjoyed it with our favorite coffee from a local roaster as a morning treat. It was very moist and extremely delightful!!
We’ve been using Passanate’s meats and veggies in our home for about 3 weeks now, and honestly, we still have tons that we haven’t even tried yet. I’m talking Cilantro Lime Chicken breasts, Grandpa’s Blend Burgers (brisket, short-rib & chuck blend), center-cut chops and more. Maybe I’ll do another Passanante’s post in the future (or watch my Instagram feed for photos). I definitely have a new-found appreciation for organically grown produce and hormone and steroid-free livestock. Mrs Grub Guy and I both agree that this food was some of the best -in flavor, freshness and tenderness – we’ve had.
If you’re interested in trying Passanante’s Home Food Services, you can get a free sample of the products Passanante’s offers by going to the company’s website – HomeFoodServices.com – and fill out an online form, or you can contact them at 1-800-772-7786 and speak to one of their friendly customer service agents for assistance.
This post was sponsored by Passanante’s Home Food Services. All opinions are my own.