Where to Find the Most Delicious Bone Broth in Vancouver

Posted on: 22 05 ,2017

Are you craving some healthy and delicious beef, chicken, or pork bone broth in Vancouver? Look no further, as Pasture to Plate has opened a new deli and grill in the West End of Downtown Vancouver. Located on Denman Street, close to English Bay, this popular joint has you covered for all of your organic meal and bone broth cravings. Rising popularity of bone broth in Vancouver Decades ago, bone broth and other types of broth were a very common meal, particularly for anyone suffering from ailments. There has now been a surge in the popularity of bone broth in Vancouver, with Pasture to Plate being on the forefront of this trend. Grill, Broths & Deli While the number of people making their own bone … Read More

3 Great Occasions for Trying Out Organic Meat in Vancouver

Posted on: 04 05 ,2017

While organic meat in Vancouver is delicious to eat as part of your everyday diet, as many people have discovered, we have put together a list of three special occasions that are perfect for trying superior organic meat. Christmas dinner There aren’t many of us who don’t look forward to Christmas dinner with excitement, which is a great reason alone to opt for organic meat in Vancouver. With it habitually being a tastier and more succulent meat than conventionally raised meat, it can help create that extra special Christmas dinner your whole family can enjoy. It also helps to spread the word about organic meat, with the added benefits and taste it provides. Thanksgiving When you think of eating a perfectly roasted piece of meat, … Read More

Great Accompaniments to Roast Organic Chicken

Posted on: 25 04 ,2017

Have you bought your organic chicken in Vancouver and are preparing to serve it up for a delicious meal? Looking for some great accompaniments to have, along with your roast chicken? If so, read on, as we list some top suggestions of what to eat and drink with your roast organic chicken in Vancouver. Creamy mashed potatoes One of the most commonly eaten accompaniments for organic chicken is creamy mashed potatoes. Complementing the texture and flavour of chicken perfectly, a well-cooked creamy mashed potato is a treat that virtually everyone can enjoy. Green beans When it comes to vegetables, green beans have long been associated with roast chicken. Steamed beans can be particularly delicious, as it keeps the natural goodness and freshness inside of them. … Read More

Is Grass Fed Beef in Vancouver Here to Stay?

Posted on: 19 04 ,2017

There is no denying that grass fed beef in Vancouver is surging in popularity, with the benefits becoming more well-known and the supply increasing to meet demand. Along with being available in some local shops, there are specialist whole animal butchers that sell only organic and grass fed beef in Vancouver, making it even easier to find and purchase. The question remains, however, whether grass fed beef in Vancouver is here to stay, rather than just becoming the next passing fad? In this article, we look at the reasons that the grass fed option is likely here to stay. The attractiveness of less fat One of the reasons that grass fed beef in Vancouver is likely here to stay, is that the meat has less … Read More

What is Organic Chicken?

Posted on: 10 04 ,2017

One aspect of organic food that is often misconstrued or not fully understood, is the term of organic itself. This is especially true for certain product areas, such as meat, with organic chicken being a prime example. In this article, we explore what it actually means to be organic chicken, along with the benefits that it provides. Raised without antibiotics A fundamental principle behind organic chicken, is that the animal is raised without any antibiotics. This also includes supplements, such as minerals and vitamins, which would otherwise likely be used on the chickens. As an increasing number of people are concerned with unnatural or untested products being used for the production of their food, organic chicken supplies a certified way of knowing that nothing unnatural … Read More

3 Benefits to Choosing Organic Grass Fed Meat

Posted on: 17 03 ,2017

If you have been keeping an eye on the changing trends in the food industry lately, you may have noticed one of the fastest growing trends is organic grass fed meat. So, what exactly are the reasons in opting for organic grass fed meat? Here are three benefits to help explain the movement. Less fat If you are looking for a way to reduce the amount of fat in your diet, without compensating on the type of food that you eat, switching to organic grass fed meat can be a smart move. In having a leaner cut of meat, but with good marbling, you are still gaining all the delicious flavour, without much of the extra fat that comes with grain-fed meat. There are a … Read More

Cooking Tips for Grass-Fed BC Beef

Posted on: 10 03 ,2017

Are you looking for cooking inspiration and tips for your grass-fed and organic beef in Vancouver? If so, we have a number of suggestions to help you maximize the flavour and texture of your BC beef. Complementing the reduced fat Grass-fed organic beef in Vancouver is lower in fat than grain-fed alternatives, which is a positive on the nutritional front, though it does mean that without the right cooking techniques you can risk drying it out, or overcooking it. This is easily countered, however, by a number of techniques. Firstly, you can add in additional liquid and ingredients when you cook, ensuring that the BC beef is kept moist and tender. This can take the form of adding tomatoes, chopped onions, carrots and other vegetables, … Read More

4 Popular Choices from Our Organic Meat Selection

Posted on: 02 03 ,2017

There is no denying that the organic meat movement is gaining traction in Canada, along with other countries in the world. As a growing number of people are becoming increasingly concerned about the food they put into their mouths, along with the substances that have been added to their food, the organic movement as a whole is gaining speed. To provide inspiration, here are four of the most popular choices for organic meat, not listed in any particular order. Option 1: Organic Chicken One of the most popular choices for organic meat is undoubtedly chicken. Our organic chickens are from eggs that aren’t medicated or vaccinated, and are fed with only BC certified organic grains. They are also provided with a wealth of land to … Read More

3 Reasons To Buy Organic Chicken in Vancouver

Posted on: 20 02 ,2017

If you are contemplating whether you should switch to buying organic chicken in Vancouver, here are three tips that might point you in the organic direction. Reason 1: Great variety One of the top reasons for choosing organic chicken in Vancouver is the superb variety and choice that now exists in the city, with there being an increasing number of organic food retailers and specialists springing up all over the area. As a result, the organic chicken in Vancouver is some of the best in the country, making it a great reason to sample its healthy and delicious characteristics. Being on the forefront of emerging trends in Canada, Vancouver is a haven for all things organic, so why not make the most of it? Reason … Read More

3 Reasons the Organic Butchers in Vancouver are Here to Stay

Posted on: 14 02 ,2017

If you are living in or around the city, chances are that you’ll have noticed at least one organic butcher in Vancouver, with the rise in popularity of healthier, responsible food choices. This follows a larger trend of organic food stores opening in the city, as the sector continues to expand to the rise in demand. In this article, we look specifically at the organic butcher in Vancouver, along with the reasons we are here to stay. Reason 1: Changing food habits It is clear to see there is a growing organic food movement in Canada, along with many other parts of the world. You only have to look as far as your local supermarket to see the larger space provided for organic options, which … Read More

Will 2017 Be the Year of Organic Meat?

Posted on: 07 02 ,2017

For those of you who have been following food trends in recent years, you will be aware that organic meat has become one of the most popular and fastest growing sectors in the industry. So, what is stopping a further increase in organic meat consumption? There are two fundamental reasons why people cite as reasons for not choosing organic meat, which is the cost and its availability. As an increasing number of people opt for organic meat, which is a trend that looks set to continue, both of these fundamental reasons will start to disappear. The larger demand will mean that more providers will switch to organic methods, which in turn will provide more competition and lower the cost to the consumer. In addition to … Read More

Lamb Bone Broth – Nutritional Value and Benefits

Posted on: 30 01 ,2017

Lamb bone broth is one of those foods that is gaining increasing popularity recently. This broth, made from lamb bones, is not only extremely tasty, but it is also very good for you. At Pasture to Plate, we are here to tell you a little more about this delicious liquid that can be eaten simply on its own, or used as a base for soups and stews. Bone broth is said to have healing qualities and contains lots of great nutrients. Bone broth contains collagen, marrow, protein, calcium, and amino acids. This has caught the attention of health food enthusiasts, who are now promoting bone broth as a superfood. The great thing about lamb bone broth is that it is very easy to make; it … Read More

Organic Beef – Is it Worth it?

Posted on: 18 01 ,2017

One of the most common concerns that are raised when people discuss organic beef is the price. People seem to assume that just because something is organic, it is immediately unaffordable and not worth the money. This is a misconception. At Pasture to Plate, we strive to offer our loyal customers excellent value for money when it comes to organic beef. Organic beef is “worth it” in many different ways. For one thing, it is a product that is truly amazing quality. Our cows are grass fed and do not consume any medications or feed that has been grown with pesticides. That means that the organic beef you get is just natural beef, and not anything that is raised with hormones or medication. We do … Read More

Cooking Tips for Organic Grass Fed Meats

Posted on: 04 01 ,2017

Whether you have only started opting for organic grass fed meats, or are a long-term consumer looking for new ways to enhance their delicious flavour, here are some cooking tips that might help. Overnight marinating For organic grass fed meats, such as steaks, marinating them is a recommended option for making them even more tasty. One of the best ways of doing this is to marinate them in your fridge overnight, allowing you to use different spices, herbs, sauces, and other marinade ingredients to heighten the flavour. Just keep in mind that for more tender cuts of meat, a shorter marinade time is all that is needed. You can also get creative with the different marinade options you choose, allowing a vast number of taste … Read More

Our pigs are treated to DEEP LITTER

Posted on: 05 12 ,2016

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Sowsalito Hotel is our pig barn.Intended for the year-round, supervised birthing of our pregnant sows, and used by the entire herd during the winter months for warmth and protection. In late October or early November, as the weather turns and the snow deepens, pigs are gathered from the pasture and live in Sowsalito Hotel for about 4 months, until they can return to pasture once again. Sowsalito has approx.10,000 square feet of indoorliving area and approx. 20,000 square feet of outdoor roaming area. The barn is oriented North/South, with 20 foot high ceilings and open airflow. The foundation of Sowsalito Hotel, as well as the holding area atour abattoir,Chilcotin Harvest, were both designed using the Korean system of Deep Litter flooring. This is an award-winning … Read More

Why to Choose an Organic Turkey for the Holidays

Posted on: 30 11 ,2016

Are you looking for the perfect turkey this holiday season? Starting to put together your Christmas dinner menu and looking for that special main course? Buying the best turkey can be a harder proposition than first imagined, with there now being an even larger selection and variety of turkeys to choose from. Opting for an organic turkey is one of the options that is gaining increasing popularity in recent years and in this article we outline the reasons why many consumers have been switching. Supporting local If you choose to buy a local organic turkey in Vancouver, then you are also choosing to support your local farming community. Not only that, but you are also providing incentive for other organic farmers, as the more people … Read More

The Rising Popularity of Organic Grass Fed Meats

Posted on: 16 11 ,2016

Meat has seen one of the largest shifts in the food industry in recent years, with organic grass fed meats becoming increasingly popular and sought after by many consumers. You only have to look around your local butcher shops to spot a noticeable increase in the amount of organic grass fed meats that are now stocked and available, but what are the main reasons behind this rise? Conscious consumers There are an increasing number of people who now identify themselves as being conscious consumers, which generally refers to being more aware of the products that they are eating and the potential impacts that this may have on their health. Additionally, these consumers are also questioning the process that the meat goes through before it arrives … Read More

What Does “Organic” really mean?

Posted on: 03 11 ,2016

Everyone knows that Organic vegetables are grown without the use of pesticides, but you can’t use pesticides on livestock, so what makes organic meat “organic”? In order for their products to be considered organic, organic farms and ranches must follow strict rules and regulations, with little room for error or deceit. All certified organic farms and ranches are inspected annually by a third-party inspector to ensure that organic food production standards are maintained. Below, we’ll outline and explain all the guidelines that ensure your organic meat is truly organic. Must be raised organically on certified organic land: Being raised on organic land means that the pastures where the livestock are kept are not treated with pesticides, or other toxins. This ensures that the animals do … Read More

Why You Need to Start Thinking About Organic Turkey in Vancouver Now

Posted on: 04 10 ,2016

If you haven’t tried organic turkey in Vancouver up until now, then it is probably time that you start thinking about it. Organic turkey is one of the most delicious foods on the market and the benefits of organic turkey extend beyond just the taste. Here are the reasons why you need to start choosing organic turkey if you live in Vancouver right now. Thanksgiving Holiday season is fast approaching and first up is Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on Monday, October 10th this year. Traditionally we serve up a great big meal for family and friends on Thanksgiving and a turkey is generally the centrepiece. One way to make your meal even more impressive? Serve up organic turkey in Vancouver. Trust us, you will … Read More

How to Find and Choose the Best Turkey in Vancouver

Posted on: 08 09 ,2016

Whether you are looking to buy the best turkey in Vancouver for a special occasion, or you are already planning where to get your Christmas bird, we have the top pieces of advice for finding the best one available. Buy local Not only is buying local helping to support your community, but you are also taking an active step in cutting down the turkey’s carbon footprint. A local turkey is also often the freshest choice, making a local product a highly desirable selection. Free range Free range products are proving a more popular choice in recent years, as consumers are increasingly against the idea of birds and other animals being kept in cramped and detrimental conditions. Whether you are in favour of a free range … Read More

3 Delicious ways to serve your locally sourced Grass Fed Beef in Vancouver

Posted on: 07 09 ,2016

It is so important to source your meat from a local, organic butcher. In a world where there are so many hormones, antibiotics and other unnecessary things added to food, we need to be more aware of what we are putting into our bodies than ever before. Fortunately, the Vancouver grass fed beef raised by Pasture to Plate is not only more nutritious than non-organic, free-range beef, it is also more delicious! So, why not make your grass fed beef taste as good as possible by preparing it with love. Here are just a few tantalizing recipe suggestions to make and share with your loved ones… Grass fed beef burgers A classic favourite, beef burgers are a hit with almost everybody – no matter their … Read More

Top 3 Tips When Cooking Organic Beef

Posted on: 29 08 ,2016

Organic beef is a delicacy that should be enjoyed to its maximum potential, with particular attention paid to the manner in which it is cooked. Preparing and cooking an organic, grass-fed beef steak in the same manner as a normal steak may result in the loss of some of its additional flavour and texture, so here are our top 3 tips for ensuring you end up with a delicious piece of meat. Tip 1: The right amount of seasoning While with lower-quality pieces of meat, you may wish to maximize the taste by increasing the amount of seasoning, with organic beef less seasoning is often the best option. As organic beef is usually richer in flavour than its non-organic alternatives, this means that you can … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | June – Aug 16

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS Breakfast Bars   Ingredients 1 1/4 cup almond flour (soaked, dehydrated nuts, ground to a flour) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup (organic, grade B) 1/8 cup filtered water * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries 2 1/4 cups any combination of pumpkin seeds, chopped almonds or walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds, soaked and dehydrated   Method In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, water, and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients into wet. Mix in shredded coconut, seeds, and dried fruit. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil. … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | April – May 2016

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY – Sriracha Hummus Flavourful, loaded with micronutrients and with just the right hint of spice. Fantastic served with fresh vegetables. Great snack.   Ingredients 2 cups dry chickpeas ¼ teaspoon baking soda 4 cloves garlic, smashed 2½ teaspoons finely ground sea salt 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ¼ cup roasted sesame tahini ¾ cup sriracha (or chili sauce) ½ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup water   Method Pour the chickpeas into a bowl, cover with warm water by two inches, and then stir in the baking soda. Let the chickpeas soak, covered, for 18 to 24 hours. Drain them and rinse them well. Dump the soaked chickpeas into a stockpot or Dutch oven, cover them with … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Feb – March 2016

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – Anytime Cookies (makes 12) Sweetened by dried fruit, these cookies make a great start to your kids’ day. Ingredients ¼ cup coconut flour ½ cup almond butter 6 pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 15 min) ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp dried cherries 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp currants Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine coconut flour, almond butter, and dates in a food processor (or blender) for one minute until dates are well broken down. Add the rest of ingredients except the last three. … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Nov – Jan 15/16

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY High Protein Energy Snacks (makes 30) 1/2 cup almonds 1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained 3/4 cup natural peanut butter 1/4 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup chocolate chips tablespoon (optional) Line a tray with parchment paper. In a food processor, mix almonds until they are a fine crumb. Then add the chickpeas and mix until fine. Add the rest of ingredients, mix until smooth, and roll in the chocolate chips, making about 30 balls. Each ball will have about 3 gr. of protein, 2 gr. fibre, and 92 calories.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna (serves 12) 1 large butternut squash, cut in half length-wise and seeds removed 5 Tbsp butter, divided 1 small … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Sept – Oct 2015

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Almond Crackers with Garlic & Rosemary 2 cups almond flour/meal ¾ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon chopped, dried rosemary 1 large egg 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees C. Grease baking sheet liberally. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk egg and oil together until frothy. Mix into dry ingredients until well blended. Place 1 tablespoon flattened to 1/16 inch thick, place on greased sheet, and bake for 10 minutes until golden. Enjoy! Great also with soups.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL Sauerkraut 3 large heads of cabbage 5 large carrots 3 tablespoons caraway (optional) 3 tablespoons sea salt 12 tablespoons whey Remove outer leaves of cabbage, … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | June – August 2015

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY   Rhubarb Slush This is a refreshing spring time beverage. Ingredients 6 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped 2 cups brown sugar 6 ounces fresh or frozen orange juice 6 ounces fresh or frozen lemon juice 3 cups water 2 liters of carbonated water, chilled Method Place rhubarb in a large saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until tender. Drain and mash or puree in a blender. Stir together the rhubarb puree, sugar, orange and lemon juice, and water. Freeze. Place scoops of the frozen mixture into serving glasses, and fill the rest of the glass with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL Pot au Feu (Boiled beef with vegetables, … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | April – May 2015

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Yogurt & Dill Crackers (makes 5 dozen 1-1/2 inch crackers) 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 tsp dried dill 6 Tbsp butter, 4 Tbsp soft and 2 Tbsp melted 1/2 cup yogurt Mix all dry ingredients then add the soft butter and beat in the yogurt until it forms a thick dough. Cover in a bowl for 8-12 hours in a warm place. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into four portions. Roll each portion out to 1/16-inch thick and cut into 1-1/2 inch squares. Place on a cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart. Brush them with the melted butter and … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | February – March 2015

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Power Smoothie Ingredients 4 cups kefir 1/2 cup raw cultured cream 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 eggs 2 Tbsp honey 1 tsp cold-pressed flax oil 1 banana 1/2 cup raspberries or other frozen fruits 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Mix well in a blender. Serves 4. This nutrient-dense smoothie is full of fat-soluble vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and omega 3s. Remember using organic ingredients whenever possible insures you to get the most nutrition for your children.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL French Stew Ingredients 300 g pork neck 300 g lamb shoulder 300 g beef brisket 2 cups beef broth 3 cloves of garlic, sliced 800 g potatoes 300 g carrots 3 leek 1 onion sea salt, … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Holiday Pecans Ingredients: 4 cups pecan halves 2 tsp sea salt 3 eggs pinch of salt 1 Tbsp vanilla 1/2 cup maple syrup Directions: Cover pecans with water and soak overnight. Bake the next day at 150 degrees F until crisp. This could take 12 or more hours. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they are stiff. Slowly add vanilla and maple syrup. Fold in pecans until well-coated. Spread in a single layer onto two buttered baking pans. Place in the oven at 150 degrees F for several hours until the egg white hardens. Store in an airtight container and enjoy as a great Christmas snack.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL Leg of … Read More

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By LeRae Haynes —   One unique and unforgettable destination in the beautiful west Chilcotin is the Kinikinik Restaurant and store, part of a sustainable, natural enterprise that includes rental cabins and a conference centre, Pasture to Plate ranching, the Chilcotin Harvest abattoir, a feed store, and a butcher shop. Owners Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg have a vision that takes it farther, with plans for a hotel to create a destination for things like weddings, meetings, workshops, conferences, and retreats. They hire local workers and use local contractors and materials, and also have a butcher shop in Vancouver. The Kinikinik Restaurant features food that is local, seasonal, 99 per cent organic, and cooked completely from scratch. “I have a mill to make flour for breads … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Oct – Nov 2014

Posted on: 24 08 ,2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Popcorn (makes 8 cups) ¼ cup organic popcorn 2 Tbsp coconut oil ¼ – ½ cup melted butter or coconut oil sea salt, to taste In a skillet, heat the oil and popcorn over medium heat shaking constantly until popping starts. On lower heat, cook, shaking, until the popping dies away. Add butter or coconut oil and season with sea salt. Enjoy.   NUTRIENT DENSE MEAL Spicy Stew (serves 4) 3 lb cubed beef (any cut), marinated overnight in the juice of 2 lemons 1 lb cubed tomatoes 2 Tbsp tomato paste 2 medium onions, chopped 3 cups beef stock ¼ tsp ground coriander 4 cloves garlic, chopped ½ tsp crushed green peppercorns ½ tsp ground … Read More

Why Organic Beef Is the Best Beef

Posted on: 27 07 ,2016

Have you ever wondered why organic beef is favoured by an increasing number of consumers? Are you interested in the health and other benefits that it provides? In a world that is becoming ever more food conscious, we ask why organic beef really is the best beef out there, and here are our reasons: Less fat Conventional beef that is found in the majority of supermarkets and butchers will usually contain cattle that has been fed on a diet of grains, such as corn. This is in contrast to organic beef which is usually grass-fed, which helps provide a number of positive effects for the consumer. One of these positive effects is that there is generally less total fat in the meat, making it a … Read More

Why You Should Be Buying Organic Pork

Posted on: 11 07 ,2016

Pork is a meat that is delicious and versatile. When it comes to pork, there is one thing that many agree on and that is that organic pork is best. When you break it down, there really is no comparison between organic pork and non-organic pork, or organic meat and non-organic meat in general. If you haven’t started buying it yet, we’re here to tell you why you should be choosing organic pork. 1. It’s Free From Bad Things What are these bad things you ask? We here at Pasture to Plate, we think that chemicals and pharmaceuticals are bad. That is why we keep them away from our organic pigs. Non organic pigs are often fed and injected pharmaceuticals, vaccinations and hormones. This is … Read More

Simple Ways to Eat More Organic Food

Posted on: 27 06 ,2016

We all know that organic food is better for us. Frequent reports and studies have shown that our bodies absorb more nutrients from organic fruit, vegetables, meat and grains. However, everyday life can get in the way of our good intentions and we do not always find ourselves going out of the way to purchase specifically organic food. Many large and conveniently located supermarkets offer tempting prices on non-organic produce, so it truly takes sticking to your convictions to seek out organic food. However, if you are fortunate to be a resident of Vancouver, procuring organic food is a little bit easier, as there are many convenient – here are some helpful tips to make sure you can buy and eat more organic food. Go … Read More

Why Is Organic Food So Popular In Vancouver?

Posted on: 09 05 ,2016

Organic food is making waves all over the world, but there is one city in particular that has harnessed this food trend. Vancouver has embraced organic food in a way that few other regions have and we are going to explore why this is. At Pasture to Plate, owners Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg moved from Switzerland to set up a farm in BC. With all of the fabulous natural space providing plenty of green pasture, it was an obvious choice. Located in the countryside, we offer a non-transportation discount to those who purchase directly from our farm at Redstone, BC, but we also offer customers a chance to buy our delicious organic meat at our store located in the vibrant Commercial Drive neighbourhood. It is … Read More

Organic Foods are the Ethical Choice

Posted on: 11 04 ,2016

Let’s talk about the ethics of organic foods. Most people fully understand the health benefits and reduced exposure to chemicals from a human standpoint, but what about from an environmental and animal point of view? Organic meats are farmed on small, sustainable farms with fewer animals, so that the amount of manure produced is manageable. It can be recycled and used as an organic fertilizer for the soil during crop rotation. This manure can be classed as organic because it was made by animals that were fed complete and balanced organic foods. The nutrients found in this manure help to grow crops of healthy grasses and feeds for the animals on the farm to graze.Factory meat and dairy farms typically create a huge amount of … Read More

Learn More About Our BC Chicken

Posted on: 16 03 ,2016

Here at Pasture to Plate, we are famous for our succulent, grass-fed, all-natural British Columbia beef. However, did you know that we also sell quality, organic BC chicken too? Yes, at Pasture to Plate, our aim is to bring you meat in many different forms but with one thing in common — and that is that all of our meat is 100% organic certified. Located in our new barn, you will find our chicks which have been hatched from eggs from unmedicated and unvaccinated chickens. To keep our chickens’ meat organic, they are fed only organic food in the form of organic grain, sea salt and spring water — nothing else! Then once they are big enough, which is determined by their feather growth, they … Read More

Why Purchase Organic Meat?

Posted on: 02 03 ,2016

These days it can be hard to tell what is good for us, and what is not good for us. There are so many conflicting reports coming out each week in the news about how carcinogenic some food is, when we were previously told it was beneficial, or not impactful to our health. It can be exhausting and often downright confusing trying to keep up with how to give our bodies the nourishment they need to be strong and health and to fight against chronic diseases and infections. One thing is certain though – organic meat is the only choice for anybody who is health conscious. There has been much debate for a long time over the difference between non-organic meat versus organic, however the … Read More

Good Meat is Worth the Wait

Posted on: 03 02 ,2016

In the age of fast food, many of us expect everything we eat to be quick and cheap, even meat. This type of food is not good for us, as the shorter amount of time it takes to get to your plate is due to things like growth enhancing pharmaceuticals and antibiotics, which encourage the cows to grow at a faster rate so that there is a shorter turnaround time. Good things come to those who wait and trust us when we say that quality organic meat is worth the wait. Good meat is meat that is natural, organic and tastes incredible, due to the fact that it is simply meat, as nature intended with nothing else added — in fact, the only other ingredient … Read More

Organic Meat: What Does Organic Really Mean?

Posted on: 20 01 ,2016

There has been a lot of media coverage regarding horror stories associated with meat in recent years. From high antibiotic content having ill effects on our bodies to uncertainty regarding what type of meat is in certain processed foods. Luckily, this can be avoided if you buy organic meat. Learning about organic meat and its benefits will make you want to eat meat again. We’re here to tell you more about organic meats and the many benefits associated with it. Organic meat: what does it really mean? Definition of Organic Organic food is regulated in most countries by the Government. The Government of Canada defines organic as an agricultural product that has been certified as organic. To obtain organic certification, the product must adhere to … Read More

Advantages of Organic Foods

Posted on: 14 01 ,2016

People are becoming more and more concerned about the food on their plate nowadays. And so they should be. Diseases such as diabetes and cancer are on the rise and both have been linked to diet and nutrition in one way or another. It is alarming how obesity rates have shot up over the years, while malnutrition is also prevalent. However, paying attention to what type of food you eat is a simple concept that can help keep you healthy. Taking some time to make sure that you eat the right things, such as organic foods, that will make you feel as well as look better. There are so many advantages to organic food that we can vouch for at Pasture to Plate. Want to … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY July 2014

Posted on: 18 08 ,2015

Nutrient Dense  Meal “Good broth will resurrect the dead,” says a South American proverb. A cure-all in traditional households and the magic ingredient in classic gourmet cuisine, stock or broth made from bones of  beef, chicken and fish builds strong bones, assuages sore throats, nurtures the sick, puts vigor in the step and sparkle in love life–so say grandmothers, midwives and healers. For chefs, stock is the magic elixir for making soul-warming soups and matchless sauces. Rich homemade broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for … Read More

Take a Walk Through Your Pantry: Replace One Thing!

Posted on: 14 08 ,2015

TIP: Try adding natural sweeteners like prunes, dates, figs cut into yogurt, porridge or smoothies instead of sugar. GET RID OF: High sugar drinks like: Artificial (and from concentrate) fruit juices, sodas, protein drinks with long shelf-lives. These are high in refined sugars, fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and preservatives. Today’s sugar consumption in North America is at 150 lbs/person/year. That’s SIX times the amount used 100 years ago! REPLACE WITH: Beverages with short shelf-lives like fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices and whole raw milk. RULE OF THUMB: The shorter the shelf-life the longer your life! Eat fresh foods! Swap conventional sodas with Kombucha, a sparkling, fermented wonder drink! *More in our next article.* Brought to you by Jasmin Schellenberg & Melanie … Read More

Fat is bad for you: WRONG!

Posted on: 14 08 ,2015

Saturated fats from grass fed animals, coconut and palm oil and cold pressed olive oil are good-mood-fats! They are high in omega 3 fatty acids our brain needs to function. They are high in antioxidants, and help maintain our ideal body weight! Only in the last 60 years we started using vegetable oils, margarine, shortening (high in omega 6). Simultaneously we witnessed an increase in depression, heart disease and cancer… Vegetable oils are unstable, turning rancid quickly (deodorization removes the smell). Rancidity means oxidized. Vegetable oils have their natural antioxidants removed by processing. Since the vegetable oils do not satisfy us we tend to over eat looking for the satisfaction we cannot get from these fats. Conclusion: Use whole milk, cream, high fat cheeses, eat … Read More

Pasture to Plate’s Guide to Choosing a Steak

Posted on: 14 08 ,2015

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Our beef is grass fed and grass finished, meaning it is never fed anything but wild grasses and organic hay grown on-site at Rafter 25 Ranch. Grass-fed and -finished beef is not as heavily marbled as grain-fed beef, which means there is not as much visible white fat streaking through the muscle tissue. Our beef is dry-aged for 14 days and then wet-aged for a minimum of 7 days; this enhances the flavours and allows natural enzymes to tenderize the meat. All meats should be tempered before cooking. This means bringing the meat out of the fridge, unwrapping it, and allowing it to come to (or close to) room temperature before applying heat. Twenty to 30 minutes is usually sufficient.

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY | Apri 2014

Posted on: 18 04 ,2014

Apricot Almond Bars These highly nutritious apricot almond bars are easy to make. They pack well for picnics, hiking, and are a great snack or dessert. Ingredients  2 cups blanched almond meal 1/2 cup flax meal 1/2 cup roasted almond butter 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing the baking dish 1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt Method   Toss all Ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Grease a baking dish and spread  mixture evenly into the baking dish. Allow the almond-apricot bars to harden overnight. Cut with a sharp knife. Enjoy. Nutrient Dense  Meal Beef Strudel (serv 6) Dough:  1.5 c flour, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 egg, 3 tbs Olive oil, 5 tbs … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY | Feb 2014

Posted on: 18 02 ,2014

Honey-coconut spred   ( can be made in quantities in advance) 3 tbs of raw honey and 3 tbs of coconut oil.  Warmed up in hot water bath and mix well. Use on rice crackers to make a quick, healthy snack and provide the important fats to your children when they need energy fast. Nutrient Dense  Meal Butternut Squash Soup(serves 4) Ingredients : -3 cups chicken broth -2.5 cups cooked butternut squash       -1 small onion chopped                 -2 cloves garlic minced      -1” piece ginger minced           – 2 tbs sour cream for garnish (optional)                -1 tablespoon sauerkraut juice when cooled (optional) –  Salt and pepper to taste –  2 tbs butter for sautéing the onion Instructions Heat the butter
2. Sauté the onion until it is soft
3. Add … Read More

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY | Nov 2013

Posted on: 18 11 ,2013

Kale chips   ( can be made in quantities in advance) 2-3 bunches of kale 6 tbs olive oil, 2 tbs fermented soy sauce, ¼ tsp each turmeric, paprika and a pinch of cayenne, ½ tsp sea salt, ¼ c sesame seeds Wash kale and cut out stem and put in a bowl , pour all ingredients on kale, mix well and place kale on cookie sheets. Place in preheated oven ( 300 F )for 10-15 min then turn down heat to 100 F until kale is dry and crisp. Nutrient Dense  Meal Butternut Squash Soup(serves 4) Ingredients : -3 cups chicken broth -2.5 cups cooked butternut squash       -1 small onion chopped                 -2 cloves garlic minced      -1” piece ginger minced           – 2 tbs sour cream … Read More