Meat-Lovers Guide to Camping: Essential Kitchen Tools & Groceries

Meat-Lovers Guide to Camping: Essential Kitchen Tools & Groceries

August is camping season for many Seattleites hoping to explore the Pacific Northwest. When Russ from Rain Shadow Meats hits the trails to camp for the weekend, there are a few essential cooking tools and ingredients he can't leave home without. 

During his most recent visit to Rivers Bend campground in Mazama, WA he brought Big Bluff Ranch chicken - which you can pick up at Rain Shadow Meats.

For this trip, Russ used a propane camp stove and Le Creuset Dutch Oven. They set out to make Korean Fried Chicken first by marinating the Big Bluff Ranch chicken for an hour with salt, pepperolive oil, lots of garlic and sambal. (TIP: Let your meat marinate while you visit a nearby vantage) Dredge the chicken in 2-1 parts corn starch to flour and then fry in vegetable oil for about 20 minutes. Russ brought a kimchi and cucumber salad to make his Korean Fried Chicken the perfect after-hike meal.

For his next day's meal, he made a classic grilled Sockeye salmon, side of fire roasted new potatoes with cedar tips, and a fresh tomato salad. Russ used tongs, a bag of hardwood charcoal, and his fireplace tools from home for easy cooking over the open fire.

Anna and Russ on a hike to Blue Lake, working for their fried chicken dinner! Anna is representing with her "Eat Meat" hat.

Anna and Russ on a hike to Blue Lake, working for their fried chicken dinner! Anna is representing with her "Eat Meat" hat.

Russ' Camping "Kitchen" Essentials

  1. Weber grill
  2. Fireplace tools from home
  3. Handful of bar towels for grabbing hot pans and grills off of the fire
  4. Bag of hardwood charcoal, it helps create a nice bed of coals when cooking over fire
  5. TONGS! (never leave home with out them) 
  6. Rubber gloves, so you don't have to run to the water spigot every five minutes to wash your hands while camp cooking

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Fourth of July Recipe: Spring Lamb Crepinette

Fourth of July Recipe: Spring Lamb Crepinette

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Spring Lamb Crépinettes* 

Rain Shadow Meat's BBQ Recipe

Russ has been making Crépinettes for years and are very popular at the shop and any backyard BBQ dinners, especially Fourth of July. They are great on the grill but can also be pan seared or broiled. Crépinettes are really anything wrapped in Caul fat and Caul fat is a fatty membrane that wraps around the stomach of all animals. Pork Caul fat is the most commonly used opposed to beef or lamb. In this case it acts as casing for our lamb, fennel and Rosemary Sausage. We hope you enjoy the long weekend and holiday and be sure to let us know if you give this recipe a try! 

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs Ground lamb shoulder
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pureed
  • 1.5 tablespoon Ground Toasted Fennel Seed
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Black Peppercorns
  • 1.5 teaspoon Red Chili Flake (optional)
  • .1 oz chopped Rosemary, thyme, savory or tarragon (optional herbs parsley, basil and chives)
  • 1 heaping table spoon /.5oz. Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup Red Wine
  • 1 full sheet Pork Caul fat

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree or grill to high
  2. Place Caul Fat in a bowl of water, let soak for 10 min.
  3. Toast fennel seeds in saute pan over med-high heat, tossing constantly until they turn a light brown and fragrant, takes about 3-5 min.
  4. Place hot fennel seeds on plate and in refrigerator until cool. Place chilled fennel seed and black peppercorns in spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind to a fine dust
  5. Rough chop herbs
  6. Add all ingredients to lamb and mix well
  7. Form .25 lb patties about 2 in. round and 1 in. tall
  8. Remove caul fat from water and let drain, squeezing out any excess water
  9. Spread caul fat out and place formed lamb sausage in corner and cut just enough to cover patty, sealing caul fat on one side.
  10. If using stove top and oven: heat saute pan and 1 table spoon olive oil on med-high, once oil begins to smoke add crépinette. Cook on one side for 3 min. or until it begins to brown. Flip and let cook on other side for about 2 min. and place in hot oven for about 5-7 mins. Flipping once to ensure even cooking. Pull out of oven and let rest for 5 min.
  11. If using the grill, place crépinette on a hot spot on the grill until it begins to brown 3 min. flip and once brown on both sides, move to a cooler spot on the grill, cook for another 5-8 min flipping once. Pull off grill and let rest for 5 min. 
  12. Serve with a spring green salad, Romesco sauce & grilled leeks or spring onions, or a pesto pasta salad

*Yields about 10 ¼ lb crépinettes

Our New Website

Our New Website

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new web-site.  Many things have changed in the world since we opened only 7 years ago in the Melrose Market.  We are currently watching our sleepy city turn into a major player in the world market, the Seahawks actually won a super bowl, (still waiting on the Mariners to do something), our slim flip phones turn into full on mini computers in our pockets and food trends come and go as fast as they arrived.  One thing that remains consistent is the fact that people still need to eat and like to have options of what we put in our bodies.  As our city changes so do our taste, habits and need for all things good.  We all want access to everything all the time.  Our new website falls in line with all of this. Now you have full access to our website from any device you happen to have in your hand, phone, tablet, p.c. or laptop.  We will be continually improving the website with updated blog post that feature butcher specials as well as seasonal offerings.  The launch of our online store along with home delivery will follow very quickly. Yes, Delivery! We see the trend of shopping on-line and home delivery and want to extend that option to all of our loyal customers and fans that may not be able to make to the shops every week to stock up.  Please take a minute and click around the new website and tell us what you think.  We are also very interested in any products that you would like us to offer? Sign up for delivery by sending us your email address. 

Thank you all for your continuing support,

Russ

Breakfast in the Square

Breakfast in the Square

Tired of standing in line for a coffee every morning and settling for whatever the coffee shop offers? After almost 5 years in Pioneer Square, we are finally at a position to start a small and simple Breakfast Service. Beginning Saturday, February 25th, we will be opening at 8 AM at our Pioneer Square location to help start your day off right.  We have noticed a lack of breakfast options in the Square and hope to give the residents and workers a healthy option. We will feature house-made meats, farm eggs and Macrina Bakery bread all made with the care and thoughtfulness of our lunch menu. We are proud to offer Honor Society drip coffee and cold brew, as well as fresh squeezed orange juice. We hope you stop by for a visit and support our small business!