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  • Not a Big Fan of Shrimp? You Gotta Try this Recipe!

    Delicious Garlic-Lime ShrimpQThis simple dish is quick and easy to prepare and packs a powerful punch of delicious flavors. And this is coming from a guy who doesn't especially like shrimp, in fact just about the only time I find myself eating shrimp is when someone else orders it for an appetizer. However this recipe has the influence to change all of that by introducing flavors that I cannot resist into foods that I may not necessarily like, making shrimp more desirable. Give shrimp a second, third, or fourth try with this recipe. What do you have to loose?


      • 1 small jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded
      • 1/4 cup fresh juice from 3 or 4 limes
      • 4 medium cloves garlic
      • 2 tablespoons olive oil
      • 1 teaspoon chili powder
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon zest from 1 lime
      • 1 to 2 pounds of large shrimp, peeled & deveined

    Cooking Instructions

        1. Place jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, chili powder, salt, and lime zest in a jar of a blender. Puree until garlic and jalapeno are completely chopped. This is your marinade.
        2. Place shrimp in a large plastic bag. Pour in marinade and toss to combine. Leave marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes while preheating the grill.
        3. Gas Grill: Preheat on high for 5 minutes. Turn down heat to medium. Clean and oil grilling grate. Grill shrimp over high heat until shrimp is cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.
        4. Remove from grill, place in a platter and serve immediately.
  • What Makes A Burger Great?

    Cheese Burger Wood BackgroundCheeseburgers are an American classic enjoyed by many and have long been a family favorite. However, not all burgers are alike. In fact, burgers can vary greatly in taste, fat content and beefy flavor. In this post we will do our best to explain to you what it takes to create a great burger.

    First off, the most important factor in creating a great tasting burger is to understand that what you put in is what you get out. Many of you have most likely heard of "pink slime" otherwise known as partially defatted beef tissue. Many large companies used "pink slime" in their ground beef up until a couple of years ago when media outlets exposed "pink slime" for what it was and educated the American people. However, be aware that several of these companies are starting to use "pink slime" again in order to lower their costs.

    At Swanson Natural we understand the importance of eating healthy and using only all natural products in our grinds. Our award winning burgers have never contained "pink slime" and never will. We strongly believe in using only the best beef trimmings for grinding when creating our burgers.

    Secondly, you need to understand how the flavor of a burger can be affected by the type of beef used. At Swanson Natural we use only the freshest beef trimmings available for our burgers. Many other companies will use frozen beef trimmings to create their burgers, simply because its cheaper. However frozen beef trimmings do not offer the same results as fresh ground beef as proven by our award winning burgers.

    Last but not least, burgers vary in fat content and leanness. The most common burger contains 80% beef and 20% fat. This combination creates a beefy flavor that is enjoyed by many. However, we recommend an 85/15 lean burger combination to limit the amount of fat content. These burgers will still taste great and are healthier for you.

  • Flat-Iron Steak: Underrated?

    An awesome steak!Flat Iron Steaks are one of if not the most underrated steaks on the market today. A flat iron steak offers you the supreme quality of a Tender Filet Steak at half the price.

    In a steak tenderness comparison test the National Cattleman's Beef Association found that flat iron steaks are the second most tender cut of beef, right behind a tender filet.

    Not only are flat iron steaks tender but they also offer you a great beefy flavor that is matched by a few other steaks. Flat Irons are also ideal for grilling because of their uniform thickness and rectangular shape.

    Below you will find our recommended grilling techniques for flat iron steaks.

    1. Season or marinate flat irons and let them sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.
    2. Set up a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling.
    3. Place steaks on grill and flip about every 2 minutes (avoid grill flare-ups if possible).
    4. It is difficult to measure the internal temperature of thin steaks, so we recommend cutting a small piece of the steak and peek inside to determine rareness of steak. (We recommend, medium to medium rare).
    5. Let steak sit for up to 5 minutes before enjoying!

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