from the Austrian calf (heifer)
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Beef cheeks are actually one of the classic braised dishes that need a lot of good red wine and spices. After a few hours they become soft and unbelievably tender - that you can even cut them up with a spoon. But they are also extremely popular with barbecue fans: whether in the Dutch Oven or on the smoker, coated in bacon or just rubbed - the beef cheeks are a real juicy aroma experience. They are also perfect for stews that are kept warm for a long time.
Beef cheeks are, as the name suggests, the cheeks of beef. They are infused with a high proportion of intramuscular fat and are wonderfully juicy, which is why they are perfect for braising. Their intense beef flavour is a natural fit here
Alternatively, it is also excellent for smocking, provided the temperature is not too high. You can also coat the beef cheeks with bacon to protect them from direct heat in a delicious way. At Fitmeat you can get wonderful beef cheeks that are already trimmed ready for cooking and vacuum-packed as individual pieces
What are beef cheeks?
Beef cheeks are a forgotten delicacy that warms the body from the inside! A perfect day for a more time-consuming braised dish is actually a cold, unkind rainy day. In the kitchen you turn on your favourite music, test a glass of wine for the evening and get cooking
Beef cheeks are basically quite a firm muscle. However, if the meat is braised for a long time, it turns into a butter-tender treat. Due to the longer preparation time, beef cheeks have unfortunately fallen into oblivion in the era of "fast cuisine". Time to give this traditional delicacy a place on the plate again.
Fitmeat Beef Cheeks from the Austrian Calf (Heifer)
Calves (also called heifers) are female cattle that are already sexually mature but have not yet calved. This is of course also recognisable from the meat structure
The meat of a calf has a bright dark red colour and extremely fine fibres. When it comes to marbling, veal is an absolute highlight, which makes it extremely juicy and tender
This special marbling is the result of the slow growth of the calves, which ensures fine fat storage. Compared to young bulls, they also have significantly less weight. The combination of wonderfully distributed fat in the muscles and dry aging gives the meat flavour of the veal a distinctly full-bodied aroma.
Recommendation for cooking
Quantity per person
A beef cheek weighs approx. 350 - 450 g. For good eaters, you can calculate one cheek per person
Herkunft und Haltung
Quality is our highest concern, and in the case of beef, a few factors are crucial. These include the perfect breed of cattle, the age of the animals and optimal feeding, free of concentrated feed. However, this alone is not enough to meet our requirements.
Because we don't do things by halves when it comes to the quality of our meat products! That is why 100% of our animals come from Austria. The farms are located in the Waldviertel in Lower Austria, in Salzburg and in neighbouring Upper Austria. In addition, at Fitmeat we only process the finest meat from heifers and steers.
The meat has a wonderful marbling and taste. Our classic cattle breeds include Red-Angus, Black-Angus, Charolais, Limousin, White-Blue Belgian and Wagyu, as well as various crossbreeds.
Our cattle are 4x AT certified. This means that birth, rearing, butchering and refinement take place 100% in Austria. The value chain therefore remains entirely in Austria.
We distance ourselves from long animal transports and select our partners very carefully. Therefore, we rely on animals that are kept in a species-appropriate manner, born and raised by small farmers, and on butchers who know both the farmer and the animal personally.
Our butchers let the cuts mature on the bone for a long time. This gives us first-class, well-hung meat that does not lose water during roasting and can be enjoyed with a clear conscience.
Details to the article ”Beef cheeks”
|Breed||Black Angus, Red Angus, Simmental, Pinzgau, Tyrolean Grey, Charolais, ...|
|Feeding||Fresh grass on pasture, brewer's grains, possibly maize or cereals|
|Meat maturation||2-3 weeks on the bone|
|Shelf life at 0-4°C||2-5 days|
|Shelf life at -18°C||180 days|
|Hygiene advice||Prepare and consume immediately after opening. Kitchen hygiene is important: Keep the cold chain. Store separately from other products. Work cleanly. Heat through before consumption.|
|Storage advice (Fresh)||Store refrigerated at 0 °C to +4 °C.|
|Storage advice (deep-frozen)||*** compartment (-18 °C): best before: see label - ** compartment: 2 weeks - * compartment or ice cube compartment: 1-3 days - Do not refreeze after defrosting.|
Good to know
- Fresh meat, no frozen goods
- Meat from small farmers in Austria
- Aged and finished by our traditional butcher
- Billing by the gram
- Recyclable packaging
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Packaging and delivery
Your order will be delivered directly to your home by our partner shipping companies. During your order, you can also specify a desired date for your delivery. Thanks to sustainable packaging and specially developed insulation, your meat stays wonderfully fresh and is perfectly cooled with reusable cold packs.
Of course, you can track your order at any time via our tracking portal and view the delivery status. If you are not at home on the desired date, you can simply enter an alternative delivery address or give a drop-off authorisation.
Our express delivery guarantees safe delivery within 24 hours.
5 really good reasons for Fitmeat
- At Fitmeat, you only get premium meat of the best quality from selected small farmers in Austria.
- Our experienced master butchers are pioneers in meat refinement and maturation. At Fitmeat, you get perfectly matured meat that has never been frozen.
- With meat from Fitmeat, you experience sustainable meat enjoyment of a special kind, because quality goes beyond the plate with us.
- With meat from Fitmeat you support Austrian agriculture. Because the value chain remains one hundred percent in Austria.
- What you see is what you get: Whether it's the marvellous marbling of our steaks or the beautiful pastures of our farmers - all the pictures on our website are 100% authentic and taken by us on location. After all, the eye eats with you, doesn't it?