While everyone understands the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, some people crave meat. Those ravenous carnivores enjoy big juicy steaks, mouthwatering hamburgers and slabs of sizzling bacon. Wrapping a big piece of meat is an impractical gift under the tree. But, the meat-lovers in your life don’t need to be stuck with a stocking filled with oranges.
Here are a few gift ideas for the carnivore on your gift list.
UMAi Dry Artisan Meat Kit
Craft meats are on trends at many restaurants. From a beautiful charcuterie tray to a perfectly aged steak, the care used to create these meats is remarkable. But, sometimes a lavish dinner at a restaurant isn’t a possibility. The UMAi Dry Artisan Meat Kits gives consumers the ability to craft authentic dry-aged steak and charcuterie right in their home refrigerator.
Dry aging is considered to be the best way to extract texture and taste from a good steak, as enzymes inside the meat tenderize and transform the beef like fine wine. UMAi Dry makes it possible for anyone with a fridge to create as high-quality food as is served in top tier steakhouses around the world.
The Artisan Meat Kit is a complete system that enables meat lovers to safely, affordably and reliably create authentic Dry Aged Steak and Artisan Charcuterie like Coppa/Capicola, Pancetta, Prosciutto, Bresaola and more right in their own kitchen. Users simply select a cut of beef, vacuum seal it into UMAi Dry, place it on an open wire rack in their fridge for 4-6 weeks, then trim off the outside bark and cut into delicious steaks. The kit includes an UMAi Dry proprietary vacuum sealer, UMAi Dry and VacMouse adapter packets, Juniper berries, instructions for sealing and aging, and recipes.
Kits are available for Dry Aged Steak only and Charcuterie only, as well.
Creminelli Fine Meats
Whether you enjoy meat and cheese Sunday or a charcuterie platter while entertaining, delicious meats should be the star of the platter. Creminelli Fine Meats is a Salt Lake City artisan meat purveyor who prides themselves on providing Americans with traditional Italian meat specialties. Some of the company’s products are available only regionally in Italy, but the company wants everyone to experience these delicious products. Creminelli uses only natural and organic ingredients, and heritage meats from animals raised humanely, without antibiotics, on vegetarian feed. Seasonal offerings include White Truffle Salame and Whiskey Salame. For more information on the products or to order, please visit the Creminelli Fine Meats website.
Chef Martin’s Sausages
Growing up above his family’s butcher shop in Austria, Chef Wallner was born to work with food. At the age of 4, Wallner joined in on the family event of sausage-making shared by grandfather, father, uncles, and sons, thus beginning his culinary journey that took him all over the globe before settling in Chicago. Regional favorites include Smoked Polish and Sheboygan Bratwurst. Products can be purchased at a variety of Chicago locations and through Peapod.
Lillie’s Q BBQ Sauce and Rubs
Chicago residents know that Lillie’s Q is an amazing barbecue restaurant. While the home griller may not reach that level of expertise, a few Lillie’s Q BBQ sauces and rubs can definitely raise your master griller credibility. Chef Charlie McKenna of the award-wining Lillie Q’s offers guests a chance to take some of his secret recipes home with a variety of rubs and sauces, from Hot Pepper Vinegar to the signature Carolina Dirt rub. Individual items and kits can purchased online at the Lillie’s Q store.