A Quick & Easy Quick Holiday Meat Prep Guide

As a long holiday weekend approaches, I know that a lot of you will be partaking in several get togethers with family & friends… I on the other hand got lucky, and I only have to go to one family dinner… (but I will have to test my self control when it comes to the big bowl of Cadbury Creme Eggs!)

One thing that is almost always present at holiday festivities is meat… Poultry, pork, beef, you name it, it’s there! Lucky for you fresh mushrooms pair well with all these meats, and add a wonderful toothsome texture and umami. We all know that cooking the mushrooms is easy (simply Saute & Serve), but just how do you cook the meat?

With the help of my friends at Beef Information Centre, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Put Pork on Your Fork, and the Turkey Farmers of Canada, I have put together this Quick Holiday Meat Prep Guide to show you just how easy it is to prepare meat this holiday.

How to Prepare a Beef Pot Roast

How to Prepare a Whole Chicken

How to Prepare a Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is the only cut of pork that can tolerate a high temperature. Tenderloin will cook in about half-an-hour roasted in a 400°F (200°C) oven – talk about great fast food!

  • Pat the tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Rub the outside of the tenderloin with seasonings as desired. Place the tenderloin in a roasting pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the tenderloin in the oven for 20-25 minutes; or until an internal temperature of 155°F – 160°F (68°C – 71°C) is reached. Time will vary depending on size of tenderloin piece.
  • Remove the tenderloin from the oven, cover in loosely tented aluminum foil for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the juice’s to redistribute, and the internal temperature to rise. Slice against the grain (across the tenderloin) into medallions to serve.

How to Prepare a Turkey

  • Turkey Farmers of Canada recommends cooking a whole turkey to an internal temperature of 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh.
  • When roasting, any stuffing placed in the cavity of the bird should reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F (74°C).
Easy & Meaty Mushroom Recipes:

Stuffed Mushrooms… it’s what’s cookin’ for the Super Bowl

Wouldn’t you know it, it’s National Stuffed Mushroom Day… and it just so happens that stuffed mushrooms are on my menu for my (food-filled) Super Bowl Party this weekend!

Now I will confess, I am not a huge football fan (hockey is more my thing), but I can’t say no when invited to a Super Bowl party for one reason… the food! Oh, the food! Nachos, chicken wings, pizza, chips & dip, and everything that can possibly be deep fried!

Of course I always turn to my trusted stuffed mushrooms… everyone loves them, and pretty much expects me to bring them (one time I showed up at a party without stuffed mushrooms and everyone looked at me like I had lost my mind!).

So in the spirit of Stuffed Mushroom Day and the Super Bowl, here is a little round-up of recipes to help you celebrate!

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Do you have any favourite stuffed mushroom recipes? Please share!!

Mushrooms Go PINK for Breast Cancer

Mushrooms Go PINKBack in October, Canadian mushroom growers joined forces with the Breast Cancer Society of Canada to support research for the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

“For every pound of mushrooms sold in the PINK packages from September 13 to November 15, Canadian mushroom farmers made a contribution to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada,” says Nick Pora, President of Mushrooms Canada.

“This was the first time we, as an industry, came together to contribute to a social cause,” says William Stevens, Executive V.P of Mushrooms Canada. “We set a modest goal of $25,000.”

Astonishingly, Canadian mushroom farmers far exceeded their fundraising goal, raising a grand total of $61,128.81.

“I was very proud to present our donation, on behalf of Canadian mushroom farmers, to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada on January 17, 2011,” says Pora. “We feel that this is an important cause, and Canadian mushroom farmers are committed to helping fight the battle against breast cancer.”

Canadian Mushroom Farmers
Breast Cancer Society of Canada

We “Liked” your help!
Mushrooms Canada made an additional donation of $0.10 directly to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada for every person who “Liked” our Mushrooms Go PINK Page on Facebook.

Try these delicious mushroom recipes:

For more information on the link between Mushrooms & Breast Cancer visit mushrooms.ca/breastcancer.

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“Canadian mushroom growers and their employees are justifiably proud of their donation of $61,129 to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. The farm-gate price they received from retailers for PINK mushrooms in October was the same as they get for non-PINK mushrooms year-round. There were no premiums because the mushrooms were PINK. And consumers paid the same price for PINK as they did for non-PINK. Mushroom growers made these donations out of their own pockets and the Beast Cancer Society was overwhelmed by their generosity.”

Participating Mushroom Farms:
Mushrooms Canada
All Seasons Mushrooms, BC

Avina Fresh Mushrooms, BC
Carleton Mushroom Farm, ON
Champ’s Mushroom, BC
Champag, QC
Continental Mushroom, ON
G.D.P. Mushroom QC
Highline Produce, ON
Loveday Mushroom Farm, MB
Monaghan Mushrooms, ON
Peeters Farm Products, ON
Piccioni Bros. Mushroom, ON
Prairie Mushrooms / Alliance Mushrooms, AB
Ravine Mushroom Farms, ON
Rol-land Farms, ON & PEI
Windmill Farms / Greenwood Mushroom Farm, ON