Summer Ordering Details and Menu

Summer is quickly approaching. At Duette Foodshed we are continuing to deliver the most wholesome and nutritious foods to your families like cashew chicken salad, asian chicken meatballs, summer rice pasta, sweet-potato sage soup, and much more. 

We also have delicious meal options for your toddlers where you can opt for one main and two sides.

Be sure to check out our summer ordering details and folllow us on Twitter and Facebook for more Duette Foodshed news:

SUMMER ORDERING DETAILS:

  • Our Summer Plan Based on Your Feedback:
    • One menu for June and July. More menu options can be found at http://www.duettefoodshed.com/this-weeks-menu 
    • Monday deliveries in June,
    • Tuesday deliveries in July - To be confirmed.
    • Closing in August - See you for Back-To-School!
    • Child meal is a-la-carte: chose one protein and 2 sides.
    • Ordering deadline remains Thursday prior delivery date

Shopping for Quality Ingredients

At Duette Foodshed it is our mission to provide you and your family with the most wholesome and nutritious food items. 

We source our ingredients from:

- Green Markets: We visit local green markets to provide you withe seasonal and fresh produce. 

-  CSA: This is a great way to enjoy local and seasonal foods that are rich in flavors and nutrition. We also focus on local items that 

-Local butchers: We support small and local farmers to understand the sourcing of their meats and to develop a relationship. This also allows us to work with butchers that use no hormones, antibiotics or GMO's in their feed

- Organic food stores:  We visit organic food stores to find products that adhere to certification standards.

- Support your local (small) farmer, build relationships: no payment to distributors here!

At Duette, we make sure to focus on these sources as a standard for our recipes and our mission to provide you with the most nutritious ingredients. 

Farm Raised Fish vs. Wild Fish

Fish is an excellent source of protein that is also renowned for being an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. 

However, not all fish is sourced equally which can not only effect its taste but can have a great impact on the quality and composition of the fish.

In general, farm-raised fishes are fed unnatural diets and crammed together. This can led to disease, and later the use of antibiotics and hormones that is pumped into the fish that is later eaten.

At Duette Foodshed, we use wild fish. Wild fish is a traditional way in which fish have been caught for centuries. These types of fish eat a natural diet and live in their natural habit.

- Wild-caught have more calcium and iron.

- Wild-caught fish have more Omega-3 fatty acids.

- Wild-caught fish have a richer color and flavor.

 

Spray-Free or Organic Produce

There is much buzz about the term "organic." The awareness to where food comes from as made people more educated in better understanding where their food comes from. However, many companies misconstrue the term where there has been an increasing number of synthetics being found on fruits and vegetables.

At Duettefood Shed, we use certified organic products with our goal to have no fruits and vegetables that are sprayed. We focus on preparing foods in the most wholesome and nutritious manner with an ode to tradition. This means that our produce is not sprayed, comes from local farms and/or adheres to sources that have an organic certification.

Traditionally, this means produce whose water, soil, and pest control uses methods of production that focus on preserving the environment as well as avoiding the use of synthetic materials like pesticides and antibiotics.

For organic certification all produce must:

-Not use genetically modified ingredients.

- Must receive annual inspections

- Be separated from non-organic produce

- Receive on-site inspections.

- Not have any prohibited substances for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop. 

 

 

Benefits of Pastured Meats

Not all meats are created equal. In fact those made with antibiotics and living in cramped conditions not only taste differently than grassfed meat, but they can cause a host of health problems. 

In the simplest terms, grassfed animals eat grass, and conventionally fed animals eat an unnatural based of corn, grain, and soy products. This is done to "fatten" them up to meet the demands of the modern-day consumer. Additionally, cows traditionally eat grass so by giving them corn and soy, they become more inclined to get sick and get illnesses such as with several bouts of E. coli.

A traditional way to eat, people have enjoyed this style of consuming meat for years until the advent of factory farms. The quality, taste and health benefits are vast. Here are some of a few additional benefits to consuming pastured meats.

Additional benefits:

-A vitamin-rich food that contains vitamins A, B, E and K as well as micronutrients.

- A rich source of protein.

- Animals are able to spend more time outside where they have a better quality life, thus not a stressed-out animal.

- Excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

- Excellent source of CLA.- 


Uses of Broth

Bone broth is renowned for its medicinal properties that are rooted in tradition. Throughout the world, people have been enjoying the use of cooking with bones to create wholesome and rich broth. In Asia this has been used to create fish broths and stocks and in Europe it has been used for beef and chicken stocks. 

As the foundation of many meals, bone broth is not only wonderful as a stew and/or soup but has many uses that can be a staple in everyone's diet. They are also rich in minerals, protein, gelatin, and glycine, which is know to detox the body and support digestion.

Bone broth is also super economical, easy to make, and delicious. With all of these benefits, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy broth and stock:

Drink it Straight: Enjoy the rich and medicinal properties of broth by enjoying it as is. Warm it up for a comforting and easy way to get a bounty of nutrients.

Use for Soups: A traditional way to enjoy broth is in soups and stews. Its rich flavor provides an incredible base that is also rich in protein. Once you try this, we are sure you will ditch the bouillon for good.

Cook as a Food Staple: You can use it to enhance your foods such as grains and pasta where it will add a rich and new flavor while also providing amazing benefits.

Freeze it: You can also freeze broth to be used at a later day as well as freeze it to use in your morning smoothie.

Baby Food: Use it to dilute baby food instead of water. This will increase the nutrients your baby receives and incorporate new flavors to their diet.

How do you enjoy bone broth?

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow has been used throughout history to cook and prepare various foods. Renowned for its rich and high fat content, bone marrow is classified by being soft and mushy that is not only filling but also super healthy. 

Often used to as staple for soups, stews, and slower-cooker meals, bone marrow is renowned for its nutritional benefits that is high in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and lipids. It can also assist with digestion, brain function, maintaining healthy bones, improving the quality of the skin, healing wounds, building up immunity, and even fighting certain cancers. 

In addition to being rich in nutrients, the buttery and jello-like texture of bone marrow also secretes a hormone that has many untapped health benefits that feeds the body with collagen and gelatin. Safe for those with food sensitivities and gastrointestinal issues, bone marrow is a unique superfood that is delicious as well as nutritious.

How do you enjoy bone marrow?

 

Fat Series: Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the most popular fats to cook with. Renowned as a staple in the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is processed from an olive tree that has a rich and distinct flavor that is also packed with vitamins. However, not all olive oil is created equal where many varieties are extracted using a chemical process. The purest form of olive oil is extra-virgin olive oil that is rich in phenolic antioxidants, vitamins E and K, and omegas.

In addition to tasting amazing, olive oil is also renowned for its ability to fight and protect the body against certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart and stroke) as well as ward off inflammation.

Although it has become a staple for cooking we recommend keeping the temperature low and/or add it to dressings, soups, or steamed vegetables.

With a bounty of health benefits and a rich taste, we love to use olive oil in a variety of foods.

What are some of your favorite ways to cook with olive oil?

 

Fat Series: Benefits of Animal Lard

Long gone are the days when lard was considered bad for you. In fact it is actually a sustainable and healthy source of fat that is natural and sustainable. Check out more of its benefits and why we love to cook with lard.

1. It is healthy: The lard and cooking fat that you find in your grocery store is most likely made of hydrogenated oils. The lard you need is the internal fats from animals that have been in the sun such as those that are free-range and organically fed. This allows them to soak in more vitamin D and thus produce a richer and healthier product for you.

2. It's delicious: As simple as it sounds, animal lard is delicious. It isn't heavily processed and contains natural sources of fats that make food rich and enjoyable.

3. Excellent for cooking: Lard is amazing for cooking that has a combination of monounsaturated and saturated fats that makes it ideal for cookies, biscuits, gravy, crusts and more that gives off a light and flaky texture. 

How do you like to cook with lard?

Our Fat Series - Avocados For Health

We are big proponents for eating healthy fats. In an on-going series, we will be discussing various healthy fats and how they are actually beneficial to your health as well as how they can be incorporated into your diet. For today, we are highlighting avocados and its many health benefits including how they can help to reduce bad cholesterol and lower your risk of certain diseases.

1. Health Benefits: Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which is considered to be a "good fat." It's properties work to reduce bad cholesterol as well as lower your risk of stroke and heart disease.

2. They are Very Nutritious: Surprisingly, Avocados have around 4 grams of protein. They are also an excellent source of fiber and are very low in sugar. They are also a rich source of potassium, folate and vitamins such as vitamin B5 and vitamin K.

3. Versatile:  Avocados are super versatile and can function as a substitute for mayo where they can function as a healthy spread to due their rich and buttery texture.

What is your favorite way to enjoy an avocado?

A Favorite Winter Ingredient: Squash

We love comfort foods in the winter. Warm, rich and inviting, comfort foods don't have to be unhealthy. In fact, one of our favorites for the winter is squash. Easy-to-prepare and rich in flavor, squash is a great way to enhance your meals through the creation of stews, soups, casseroles and more. Here are a few of our favorites:

Types of Squash:

Kobucha: A lesser know squash, Kobucha is a green squash with a nutty and earthy flavor. This squash also has a bit of sweetness that is delicious baked as well as served as the base of a soup.

Delicato: Often called the sweet potato squash, Delicato is renowned for its pale yellow color. This squash has an earthy taste that is also creamy and soft and easy to cook with.

Acorn Squash: Known for its shape, the rich squash is great as as a baked side.

Spaghetti Squash: A fun way to enjoy a healthy meal the Spaghetti Squash is our favorite alternative to pasta.

Butternut Squash: A classic in the squash family, the Butternut Squash is known for its unique bell shape. It has a earthy and sweet taste that is easy-to-prepare with its minimal seeds.

Preparation Ideas for Squash:

Duette FoodShed Chef Says: Most people are familiar with baking halved squash with butter, maple and cinnamon, and often make my that combination into purée but we like to use the purée in smoothies with plain yogurt or kefir. It's a departure from frozen fruit most people use in winter month and a great way to help your kids enjoy veggies.

How do you like to prepare squash in the winter?

Eat Local By Joining A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

We are huge advocates on eating local, and even though it is freezing out there you can still enjoy local vegetables, fruits and meets by joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Here in NYC, this includes access to numerous local farmers where you pay a membership fee for a "share." This allows you to receive a local vegetables every week or every other week, which is an incredible way to always eat local, support farmers and the environment as well as focus on healthy eating. Here are a few of our favorite CSA's in NYC.

1. Just Food: Through this CSA, Just Food works with urban community members in various parts of NYC. This has allowed them to start over 100 CSA sites in NYC as well as focus on other food-related projects such as food education, advocacy, and farm education.

2. West Village CSA: This is a great CSA to get fresh and organic produce from a local farm. This currently includes garlic, potatoes, carrots and more - which is perfect for all of those winter comfort dishes.

3. Local Roots: Through this CSA, you can get a variety of vegetables, fish, meats and even pasta. The cool thing about this CSA is that you can order the food online where you can see pictures of the farmers and producers from which you are ordering from. They also offer a super convenient way for you to get you food by picking it up a nearby local location or it can also be delivered to your home.

Another option is to visit your local Greenmarket Farmers Markets where you can shop locally. Located throughout NYC, some Greenmarket Farms offer a way to recycle your textiles, batteries, compost and more!

What CSA do you use in NYC?