Counting down to Christmas
Isn't Christmas rushing at us! It is time to get your Christmas feast organised. Hams, turkeys, whole beef fillets or butterflied lamb are always popular. Please order ahead to avoid disappointment. You can do this at your North Canterbury Four Square store, or by ringing our Cheviot shop (03 3198 553) or our Domett factory (03 319 8761).
Our Cheviot shop is now open on Saturday mornings (9-12) for the summer with the exception of 27 December and 3 January. Our products are also available at the many Four Squares in North Canterbury, including the Cheviot one! Our factory is closed on the Statutory days.
We are also absolutely booked out for private processing this year but are taking bookings for 2015.
Amberley A & P Show Hoof to Hotplate Competition
We sponsor the Hoof to Hotplate competition at the Amberley Show, which was held on 1 November 2014. After being judged "on the hoof" the stock were processed at Harris Meats, and then judged "on the hook." The photos of the cattle and lambs are on our Facebook page, plus there are some great photos from the farmers' visit to our factory to see the boning out process. Here's the link
At the show, the taste test was held. We were delighted that our own cattle beast won the beef section. Well done to farm manager, Ross Minehan and his team at Glenturret Farms. We think the secret to our winning this competition (for the second time) is that the stock just have to walk across the road to the factory. The less stock have to travel, the better the final product, which is why we are so keen on sourcing local stock!
Congratulations to the Stackhouse family for their win in the Lamb competition. The standard of lambs produced in this year's competition were absolutely world class. You can buy lambs just like the competition ones from us.
Gold Medal for Harris Meats Old English Sausage!
We have just been awarded a gold medal for our Old English Sausage in the Traditional Beef category. Our Saveloy was awarded a silver medal. Great news all round. All the gold medal winners went into the judging for the Sausage Supreme Award. Congratulations to Allenton Butchery for winning this with their beef and blue cheese sausage. If you would like to read about all the other winners, here's the link to the information
Christie Award Winner
We are very proud of our Nick Harris, winner of this year's Christie Award presented by Retail Meat NZ.
The Christie is a lifetime achievement award, given annually to a member of the meat industry who has gone above and beyond in their efforts for the industry and in their life. The award was created in honour of Geof Christie, a butcher and a tutor of trainee butchers in Polytechnics, whose passion for his trade was tireless. Well done Nick, well deserved.
Amberley 4 Square & Harris Meats - bringing you more products & services
We have an exciting announcement to make! Harris Meats and Amberley 4 Square Supermarket are working even closer together to ensure our Amberley customers have every opportunity to get their favourite Harris Meats products. While many of our products have been available at the 4 Square Supermarket for some years, the range will be extended. This will mean that you can also get our world famous Harris Meats family pies from Amberley 4 Square. Until now these have been only available directly from Harris Meats.
Our popular dog rolls are also available from the Amberley 4 Square.
You will also be able to place orders at the 4 Square for any of our products. This will ensure you get exactly what you want, when you want it! Amberley 4 Square will also be the depot and pick up place for any orders coming down from our Cheviot factory daily, Monday to Friday. This includes those who have their stock processed at Harris Meats. Thank you CRT for previously acting as our depot.
With the opportunities this partnership offers us, we have also made the tough decision to no longer have our stall at the Waipara Valley Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. We have been part of this market for many summers, and will certainly miss the camaraderie with the great stallholders and the wonderful interaction with our regular customers there.
Our summary of products available & prices can be seen here, otherwise contact us of 03 3198688 or email email@example.com to discuss your specific options and arrange delivery times.
Our Cheviot shop is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am - 5:30 pm. Our meat is also for sale at the Cheviot Four Square supermarket so if you need something in the weekends, they should have a good supply. We will be opening the shop again on Saturday morning in the spring/summer.
Feature on Cheviot
Great to see the feature in the NZ Herald recently on Cheviot! Link is here NZ Herald
Private Processing Instructions
If you are getting an animal processed with us, there are forms to fill out which give us your instructions on how you want your animal processed and packaged. Click on the links, depending on which animal you are sending us: Pigs Cattle Sheep
We love getting feedback from customers. We were absolutely delighted to receive this adorable photo of Eddie trying his first sausage. His parents, Jeremy and Dena, wrote:
"The attached photo is of 7 month old Eddie complete with two whole teeth. As caring parents, we only want the best for our boy when it comes to food. Life is way too short for bad food. So when it came time for our son to try the first sausage ever in his life, there was only one place to go, Harris Meats Cheviot. A family favourite is the gourmet pork, so that’s what was offered. Devoured it very quickly as expected and was looking for more. So a big thank you to the team at Harris Meats for providing such high quality food, you just started another generation of very satisfied customers."
Our shop in Cheviot had a make-over. Here's the view from the road, but you have to come inside to see the rest of the fabulous new look. Come and visit us and let us know what you think.
Tender Hung Beef
We use a technique called "tender hanging" to ensure our beef is tender and tasty. If you are interested in finding out more about this process, check out the new tab under "About Us". Barrington Fresh Meats sell our tender hung beef at their butcher's shop in Christchurch. You can check them out at http://www.freshmeats.co.nz
Tips for Cooking the Perfect Steak
Take the steak out of the fridge to let it reach room temperature before you cook it. Oil the steak, not the pan/hot plate and then season accordingly with salt and pepper. Don't season until you are ready to cook as salt can dry out the meat. Once you have finished cooking your steak, let the meat rest (loosely cover with tin foil) for at least five minutes before serving. Enjoy.
We currently employ 35 staff at Harris Meats. As well as fully qualified butchers and slaughtermen, staff are also involved in quality control, engineering, small goods production, packing, retail and administration. We offer apprenticeships to young people who are keen to thoroughly learn all aspects of the butchery trade. If you are reliable and prepared to work hard, contact us as there may be an opportunity for you now.