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The US Chicken Industry’s Enhanced Safety Measures

The Bahamas imports chicken primarily from the US and Brazil. Both nations are home to some of the world’s most advanced technology when it comes to growing, processing and keeping chicken safe.

See how the chicken industry has enhanced safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using drone photography, viewers can see new perspectives from the inside of a processing plant and the essential workers who help keep grocery shelves stocked with our nation’s favorite protein: chicken.

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Meat Market Update

U.S. PORK MARKET TRENDS

USDA’s Sept 24 quarterly Hogs & Pigs report continued to show record large inventories: total hogs @ 79.1 mill head, up 0.7% from 2019; market hogs @ 72.8 mill, +0.8%; June-Aug pig crop -3.5% @ 35.1 mill; breeding herd -1.5% (a smaller decrease than expected; Sept’s breeding herd, although down from 2019, was steady with 2018 and the highest since the 1990s. The increase in heavy market hogs inventory was even larger than recent yr-over-yr increases in hog slaughter, reflecting measures producers have taken to slow hog wt growth along with the backlog of hogs resulting from labor constraints at the plants. Slaughter was higher Jan-March, and exceeded yr-ago levels in June after the covid-19 disruptions, but dipped below 2019 levels for the last 3 wks; the tight labor supply will constrain slaughter in Q4, which sees the largest slaughter levels of the yr, and yr-to-date is +1.7% from 2019, with production +2.6%. USDA’s 2020 forecast is production to be record up at 12.81 mill MT, +2.2%, with 2021 +0.7% to 12.90 mill MT.

USDA forecasts exports @ 27% of cut production in 2020 and 2021, up from 23% in 2019. Hog futures jumped early Sept after news of ASF in Germany and are trading the highest since before covid-19.

Pork cutout has been higher for the last 4 wks and was +$0.90/lb., +27% from 2019, and the highest mostly since 2017 (when belly/bacon summer demand drove it higher).

Primals were up yr-o-yr for belly ($1.50/lb., +43%), ham ($0.86, +39%), picnic ($0.62, +27%), rib ($1.32, +21%), and loin ($0.76, +12%) and down for shoulder butt ($0.83, -1%).

Prices were supported by retail features for Oct Pork Month, yr-end holiday seasonal demand, export demand, and limited labor at the plants for boning lines.

Wholesale $ were up from 2019 for 72% trim boxed ($0.99, +36%), med trimmed spareribs ($1.37, +30%), rollout bnls hams boxed ($1.64, +27%), derind bellies ($2.53, +22%), St. Louis spareribs ($2.33, +22%), bnls sirloins ($1.18, +22%), 42% trim boxed ($0.80, +19%), picnic cushion ($1.19, +18%), heavy B-in hams ($0.70, +12%), tenderloins ($1.93, +9%), loins ($0.86, +7%), bnls butts ($1.25, +5%); but lower for B-in butts ($0.93, -14%).

U.S. BEEF MARKET TRENDS

The pandemic has exacerbated the tight labor supply situation at beef plants esp. with distancing & precautionary measures, has prevented slaughter from fully getting back to 2019 levels.

Since Aug, cattle slaughter has averaged -0.4% from 2019, and yr-to-date is -3.7%; heavier carcass wts resulted in higher production, averaging +3% yr-o-yr, with yr-to-date production only -1.3%. USDA’s Sept forecast shows production slightly down from 2019’s record to 12.27 mill MT, -0.4%; they expect 2021 to be record large at 12.41 mill MT, +1.1%.

Cattle on feed was record large for Sept @ 11.4 mill head, +4% from 2019. With the slaughter rebound from June thru Aug, the no. of slaughter-ready cattle in feedlots decreased, but the supply of cattle on feed in Sept over 150 days was +21% from 2019.

The % of fed beef grading Choice & Prime are at record levels: Prime @ 10.2%, +8.3% from 2019; Choice at 72.9%, +71.3% (with Upper 2/3rds Choice at 32.7% of Choice production, +32.2%). After moving seasonally lower during the 1st 3 wks of Sept, the Choice cutout was $2.17/lb., +1% from 2019: wholesale prices higher for loin ($3.00/lb., +10%) & chuck ($1.75, +3%); rib ($3.67) steady; short plate ($1.39, -4%), round ($1.71, -5%), flank ($1.03, -6%), and brisket ($1.60, -20%) lower vs. 2019. Choice tenderloins are up since mid-July ($11.18, +11%)–usually seasonally higher to mid-Nov, and ribeyes ($8,40, +3%) usually higher thru Oct, while NY strip prices go lower in Sept ($5.86, +4%) moving seasonally lower into Q4. Prime ribeyes were $11.98/lb. for Sept 25, -19% from 2019 when prices increased after the plant fire, but above 2017 and 2018 levels as recent increases in Prime production have led to larger sales of Prime beef at U.S. retail. For the wk ending Sept 25, domestic 90% beef trim prices were below year-ago levels for the third wk at $2.14/lb.–the lowest since March 2019, as less demand from school lunch programs pressured prices with about half of U.S. students learning virtually in 2020. 50% beef trim prices increased for the second week but remained well below yr-ago levels at $0.48/lb., down 24% from last year.

U.S. LAMB MARKET TRENDS

The net carcass price has been above 2019 levels all yr; in Sept, it was higher on lower production, but with a slowdown in high-end foodservice demand, racks were lower. Sept 25, carcasses ave. $3.67/lb., +5% from 2019.

Choice/Prime lamb cuts were higher yr-o-yr for 4”x4” loins ($6.52, +29%), 1”x1” loins ($7.94, +23%), and B-in square cut shoulders ($3.46, +5%); bnls legs (BRT) ($5.05) were steady; and lower for partial bnls legs (trotter off) ($5.04, -1%), med racks ($8.03, -4%), B-in legs (trotter off) ($3.70, -4%), Frenched racks ($15.31, -7%), and square-cut bnls shoulders ($5.22, -9%).

Production was -8.2% from 2019 at 92.2 mill pounds, while slaughter was -7.2% at 1.392 mill head. Jan – May production was -10.6% from 2019; June production was +9.7%, July was -0.9% yr-o-yr with the closure of the Mountain States Rosen plant, and Aug -14.4%, but the new Colorado Lamb Processors slaughter (only) plant should open this month and Double J Meat Packing will reopen the Ranchers’ Lamb of TX San Angelo plant soon which slaughters and fabricates.

For more lamb details, see the links at the following USDA website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/lsddl.pdf.

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  • Kimchi Arancini: deep-fried risotto balls with kimchi, mozzarella, Parmesan and Sriracha sold alongside pumpkin and bacon skewrers with dill, yogurt and duck fat.
  • Skewered mini corn dogs served with a side of ketchup and IPA mustard
  • Bacon Steak: thick bacon with 5-spice powder and soy caramel
  • Pimento Cheeseburger: burger topped with pimento cheese and bacon-onion marmalade & fried egg
  • Mongolian potstickers: pan-fried dumplings stuffed with spiced beef filling; served with sweet-savory sauce
  • Pulled Pork Mac Stack: ½ lb. BBQ pulled pork over mac and cheese, with a cheddar cornbread waffle topped with maple butter
  • Chili Cheese Tamales: shredded beef encased in masa and topped with chili and cheese
  • Rock & Pizza Roll: 15” long dough roll stuffed with cheese and pepperoni and served with marinara sauce
  • The Balboa: thinly sliced steak, mushrooms, bacon strips and Cheez Whiz on a hero roll.
  • Roast Beef, Cheddar & Hummus Wrap with banana peppers, lettuce & tomato on a pressed flour tortilla
  • Carolina Classic Burger topped with chili, diced onions, mustard and cole slaw
  • Pastrami Bao Buns: slow-cooked pork belly with liquid smoke and pastrami spices topped with pickled cucumbers and a sweet-savory sauce in a bao bun
  • Smoked Bologna Sliders: smoked bologna in S. Carolina BBQ mustard glaze with pickles and coleslaw
  • Stoney Bologna: kielbasa sausage topped with grilled mortadella sausage, pepper jack cheese, crushed Funyuns, grilled onions, jalapeños and jalapeño-cilantro aioli
  • The Saucy Sandwich: Braised beef shank and fried cheese served in a scallion pancake with chicken broth on side
  • Mexico City classic pambazo with chorizo, cabbage slaw and salsa escabeche for dipping
  • Lamb Manti (Kurdish dumplings): lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon zest, dried harissa, cilantro, mint, parsley before grinding then stuffing in dumplings which were roasted then steamed in chicken stock; served with whipped curds and whey with mint. Note: winner of the 15th Annual American Lamb Cook-off
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How To: Temper Chocolate

Tempering Chocolate

Basic Tempering Principles

The process of tempering chocolate involves incorporating a small amount, typically 2-4%, of solid, stable cocoa butter crystals into melted chocolate. Cocoa butter is capable of solidifying into several different polymorphic forms that, as they cool and set, affect the surface finish, setting time, snap, and mouthfeel of the chocolate. It is important that the cocoa butter crystals in tempered chocolate exist in the correct polymorphic form; we call these stable cocoa butter crystals. The objective in tempering is to arrange the physical “packing” of stable cocoa butter crystals in the right number and size.

The three critical variables that affect the type, size, and number of cocoa butter crystals being formed during chocolate tempering are: temperature, time, and agitation.

  1. Temperature – critical because cocoa butter crystals both form and melt at specific temperatures.
  2. Time – necessary for cocoa butter crystals to form and grow.
  3. Agitation – needed to ensure the cocoa butter crystals are well distributed within the melted chocolate and to prevent their premature growth.

Stable cocoa butter crystals will provide the following properties:

  1. Snap
  2. Gloss
  3. Proper texture
  4. Bloom resistance
  5. Good contraction for moulding
Chocolate is in temper when 2-4% of the cocoa butter is in the stable crystal form.

It is important to provide conditions that grow “good” fat crystals and minimize “bad” fat crystals.

There are four to six different forms cocoa butter crystals assume and each has a unique melting point, set of characteristics, and stability point.

  1. Gamma – exists in this form for only a few seconds before transforming into Alpha
  2. Alpha – melts between 50-75° F (not stable)
  3. Beta I – melts between 60-83° F (not stable)
  4. Beta – melts between 64-94° F (stable)
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Understanding Proper Chocolate Temper

Properly tempered chocolate will have the following characteristics:

•Shiny/glossy surface
•Even color
•Good snap
•Smooth texture
•Good contraction
•No bloom

Improperly tempered chocolate will have the following characteristics:

•Dull finish
•Fat bloom
•Soft uneven texture
•Poor contraction
•Poor snap
Testing Temper


Manual Method

To check if chocolate is in good temper, dip a metal spatula or knife blade into chocolate and leave a small film on the blade. If the chocolate is firm and not tacky after five minutes at normal room temperature (68° F), it is in good temper. If it is still tacky, place the chocolate chunks back in the bowl and cool about 2° F. Repeat test until tempered.


Using a Tempermeter

The degree of tempering, indicating the quality of stable crystals that have been formed, can be measured by means of a tempermeter. 
A tempermeter produces a temper curve that is a temperature-versus-time curve resulting from uniform cooling of the chocolate sample over a specified period of time.
The slope of the temper curve provides a quantitative means of interpreting the amount of heat of crystallization (latent heat) produced during the cooling of the test sample.

A negative slope indicates over-tempered chocolate and a positive slope indicates under-tempered chocolate.
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NCL AVISTAT-D RTU Spray Disinfectant Cleaner now has demonstrated effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces in just 1 minute.

This product is designed specifically as a general non-acid cleaner and disinfectant for use in hospitals, nursing homes, public restrooms, schools, transportation terminals, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, lodging establishments, retail businesses and athletic/recreational facilities where housekeeping is of prime importance in controlling the hazard of cross contamination. It is formulated to disinfect hard, non-porous, inanimate environmental surfaces: floors, walls, metal surfaces, stainless steel surfaces, glazed porcelain, glazed ceramic tile, plastic surfaces, bathrooms, shower stalls, bathtubs, and cabinets.

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Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato and Caper Snapper Piccata

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Sun-dried tomatoes and capers are a summery flavor pairing for lightly breaded, deliciously delicate snapper fillet. Both are served over a bed of angel hair or linguine pasta in this twist on classic chicken piccata.

Make this a weekly special on your menu for a light summer supper, or make it  a mainstay for pescatarians or anyone who would like to add more fish to their diet.

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INGREDIENTS

SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND CAPER OIL SAUCE

PASTA

1 lb  angel hair pasta – you can also substitute linguine or whatever long pasta you prefer
Water to boil + salt
1 tbsp olive oil

SNAPPER PICCATA

 

FINISHING TOUCHES

METHOD

PREPARE THE SAUCE

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and wine.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are tender and starting to fall apart, about 35 minutes.
  3. Add the parsley and salt and remove from heat. (If not using right away, let it cool and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to six days. Makes about two cups.)

PREPARE THE PASTA

Boil water with lots of salt and prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and drizzle with the olive oil. Set aside warm.

FOR THE SNAPPER PICCATA

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, Parmesan cheese and salt. Coat each snapper fillet with the flour mixture.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the snapper fillets and cook, flipping until the fillets are golden brown on the outside and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Drain on a sheet pan lined with paper towels.

In the same sauté pan, add the cooked pasta and the tomato-caper oil and cook, stirring frequently, until just heated through, about four minutes.

SERVE IT UP WITH STYLE

It is best to cook the snapper right before serving. Pile the cooked pasta on a beautiful plate and top with a hot snapper fillet fresh from the pan. Drizzle sauce over the fish and pasta, then garnish with more capers and parmesan. Cut a few ribbons of basil over the plate to add a burst of flavour and colour.

Consider serving this stand-out dish with a light salad of mixed greens or fresh cucumbers, and perhaps even garlic bread. 

You can also serve this dish on a buffet, if you lay the cooked fish out and not on top of each other to disturb the coating.

This recipe was written by the Sysco Culinary Team.