Mango Edamame Summer “Salsa”

Now THIS would go great with some of our Boneless Chicken Breasts, or some pan-seared Coho salmon!

Juliecat in the Kitchen

Here’s a quick and tasty salad for the summer!  I made this little “salsa” as a topping for grilled chicken one night and pan seared salmon another.  Top over a bed of rice or quinoa.  It’s so good and such a great summer dish!

Mango Edamame Summer “Salsa”

Mango Edamame Salsa

– Cherry Tomatoes: sliced in half

– 1 Mango: chopped

– 1/2 Cup Edamamde

– 1/2 Cup Cilantro: chopped

– 1/4 Cup Red Onion: finely chopped

– 1/2 Cup Asparagus: chopped

– Apple Cider Vinegar

–  Olive Oil

– Lime or Lemon

– Salt

1.  Mix all of the fruit and veggies together in a bowl.  Toss with equal parts vinegar and olive oil until coated.  Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice.  Add a dash of salt.

Enjoy!

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Gourmet Secrets’ Deluxe Chicken Fingers

Strips of chicken breast meat, with savory breading... these are our Deluxe Chicken Fingers! When Gourmet Secrets was on the road, we served Alberta communities the best in meats and seafood, and our most popular item was the Deluxe Chicken Fingers. Tender strips of white chicken meat, with a crispy mixture of breadcrumbs and seasonings, they are the perfect snack for kids and grown-ups alike!

Served atop a bed of fries with sweet plum sauce for dipping, chopped into chunks and tossed in a crisp Caesar salad, or tossed between two buns for a great crispy chicken sandwich: no matter how you enjoy them, our Deluxe Chicken Fingers are not only great in flavor, but also good for you! That’s because they are free of preservative agents: the flash-freezing process takes care of ensuring their freshness and quality! Once they’re home, no need to thaw anything out: just pop them in the oven right away and they’re ready in half an hour!

Over the years, families and kids across Alberta and Canada have enjoyed our chicken fingers. Try out the phenomenon at Gourmet Secrets’ online meat and seafood store today!

The Gourmet Secrets Difference: Poultry

A variety of poultry products offered by Gourmet Secrets Inc., free range and fed with only natural ingredients!

Free Range Boneless Chicken Breasts, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs, Free Range Turkey Breasts, Gourmet Secrets Deluxe Chicken Fingers, Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken is a big part of many Canadians’ diet. Tasty and juicy, poultry is a healthy and versatile choice for your every day meals. For years, our customers have made our Boneless Chicken Breasts and our Deluxe Chicken Fingers a healthy staple in their diets, and they keep coming back for more. So what makes Gourmet Secrets’ poultry different from what you can get at the grocery store?

Two words: free range. Like all our meat selections, Gourmet Secrets chickens roam free, in the outdoors, allowing them to exercise and walk around with no constrictions or confines. Their feed is also free of inorganic additives, antibiotics and hormones, allowing them to grow at a natural pace and ensuring that the chicken you then eat is 100% natural and healthy for you. Every piece of poultry is cut by hand at our federally-inspected processing plant, flash-frozen immediately to lock in all the juices, then packaged and readied for your order! There are no extraneous treatments such as brine baths, water injections or anything that alters the natural quality and texture of Gourmet Secrets chicken: every bite is juicy, tender and delicious!

When you order Gourmet Secrets poultry products, you also get convenience: individually-frozen portions that you can prepare at your leisure. You’re in no rush to use up your chicken breasts because every single piece is individually vacuum-packed, which drastically lowers the chance of freezer burn. And our prepared chicken products such as our Chicken Cordon Bleu and Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie are so easy to make: just heat up the oven and pop it in for a delicious, quality meal!

So why not get some chicken from Gourmet Secrets today? Taste the difference that free-range, natural chicken gives you!

Myths and Facts about GSI Shipping

As the first meat and seafood company in Canada to provide online ordering services to families across the country, we get our fair share of questions from customers who are not too familiar with our concept or the process that’s needed to make all parts of it possible. Whether it is about the quality or provenance of our products, to the shipping process, to the green-ness of the online shopping process, we love to address these questions and spread the news about Gourmet Secrets to our customers. By far and large, however, the number one question we receive is this one:

Why is there a shipping cost, and why is it so expensive?

And this is a good question- it’s important to know where your money is going! There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this particular question, however, and we want to make sure you’re armed with accurate information on how the shipping works at Gourmet Secrets. Here’s one of the myths and facts about Gourmet Secrets shipping.

Myth: Shipping is always expensive when ordering from Gourmet Secrets.

Fact: Yes, shipping can be expensive- when you order only a few items. Every package from Gourmet Secrets comes in a styrofoam container and with enough dry ice to last until it arrives to your door, no matter if it’s 2 items or 20 items. We do not get these things for free: their price must be included in the cost of an order if we are to be able to grow as a company to serve you better. Smaller orders also tend to need somewhat more dry ice than larger orders to keep frozen for the same amount of time, since the lone items will thaw more quickly than an item surrounded by other frozen things. A larger order will thus have a lower shipping price per item than a small order, and since you are ordering fewer times, you don’t pay for more than one trip for your food!

Myth #2: We don’t pay shipping on purchases from a physical store.

Fact: You don’t see it, but it’s there: shipping costs in physical stores are usually included in an item’s price, as well as the costs that come with a physical location such as heating, electricity and employee wages: collectively, they are called “overhead”. Unless you purchase directly from a manufacturing plant, there is always a shipping cost included in the price of any item you purchase at a store, as it had to travel from that plant to the retailer which now stocks your items. The overhead is a smaller portion of the price of larger stores due to the sheer quantity of items they purchase at one time, while in smaller butcher shops, the overhead can make a real difference in the price of the meat. At Gourmet Secrets, you get a store that’s accessible 24/7 without needing to pay for the heating and electricity costs associate with a physical store- and you get it sent straight from the plant to your house, with no need to use extra gas to go to the store, in an easy and convenient way!

Myth #3: Gourmet Secrets makes money off the shipping cost.

Fact: Contrary to what you might think, Gourmet Secrets is also charged shipping for all outgoing orders! The shipping solutions offered by UPS ensure that we can deliver your food right to your doorstep without you needing to sign for the package- this also means employing the services of that external courier company, which charges a shipping cost to both person and business. The shipping charges on your order are thus part of the total cost of purchase from us. We know that having our customers pay for the entirety of our premium shipping and packaging wouldn’t be very fair, though- that’s why we help reduce the shipping cost as much as we can so we can bring it down to the very reasonable rates we have now.

The delivery of our food straight to your doorstep is part and parcel (no pun intended) of the Gourmet Secrets concept- and so is the delicious food that we are proud to bring to you with convenience and at great value. You can shop from Gourmet Secrets with confidence that every penny you spend with us helps us grow and serve you better.

The Truth About Gourmet Secrets

Since 2011, Gourmet Secrets has operated exclusively online to bring to all Canadians the very best in gourmet meats and seafood. During that time, we have partnered with group deal websites such as Groupon, Dealfind, TeamBuy, Buytopia, Tuango, LivingSocial, MadDeal, DealGetters, SwarmJam and others in order to reach out to our customers and offer extra value for their purchases with us. The deals we featured on those websites and others were created in such a way as to be sustainable for Gourmet Secrets in the long run, to ensure that even with great value offered to our customers, we would be able to not only survive, but grow even more to serve them better. Because of this design, however, individuals with limited budgets or who wanted a different kind of offer with no strings attached found themselves disappointed or frustrated by our deals, and have in turn expressed this by calling us a scam.

In light of this, it is very important for us to be clear:

We are not a scam.

We value your patronage with Gourmet Secrets. We have built this company from long-term, trustworthy relationships with our customers, the highest-quality food the world has to offer, and convenient, easy service from the time of ordering to the time of delivery.  When you make an order, everything is inspected and placed in your container by hand, to ensure the quality of your food is at its best and your order is complete, and we have never offered a special or an order that purposefully includes less than what is advertised (Mistakes do happen though, and if your order is missing anything, our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee will take care of you!). Like any special offered in almost any other store, there are conditions on our coupons which are put in place to ensure that we can sustain the deal and provide for every customer who orders with it. We attempt to make these conditions as clear as possible in our deal, though the final layout of the conditions is up to the company with which we are partnering at the time. We always recommend for prospective customers to give us a call if they have trouble with the way any of our deals work, and we can answer all their questions quickly and easily.

A scam involves dishonest business practices or promises made that do not add up to what you actually receive. We cannot promise to plan our deal in a way that doesn’t allow us to grow as a company, nor can we promise to give free food to people without paying for it.
We do promise to deliver the very best in gourmet foods to you in a courteous and convenient manner, at great value. We promise as well that if an item you receive is not up to your standards, we will take all possible measures to correct that and make you happy. We promise a deal that gives you extra value for your purchase, a deal that is good for you and good for us too. Again and again, our satisfied customers have expressed their delight in the food and service they have received from us, through Facebook, email and over the phone.

In the end, our campaign with group deals has been very successful, with over 50,000 vouchers sold nationwide and over $1,000,000 redeemed by our customers through their coupons since. This much saving on the best food available for Canadians nationwide- now that is something to be excited about!

Shipping your order

Part of Gourmet Secrets’ time-saving concept is the delivery of your order right to your doorstep: without needing to wait or sign for the package, you can go about your day in confidence that your order will find its way to your door on time!

Your GSI order, ready to be shipped!

Your GSI order, ready to be shipped!

After you make an order, the first step of the delivery process is the confirmation call! This process is important to ensure that the order goes to the correct address, as well as gives us the opportunity to answer any questions or write down any special instructions you might have for your order. Without a telephone confirmation of your address, your order cannot be shipped out, so plan a time within 48 hours after you make your order that we’ll be able to reach you in order to quickly confirm the order.Dry ice- keeps everything frozen in transit!

The second step is, of course, the delivery itself! On the day your order goes out, it is packaged in a styrofoam container with dry ice to ensure your food remains frozen at a temperature of less than -70 degrees Celsius! At the same time, a UPS shipping label is applied to your order, with a tracking number you will receive in your email so you can follow your package on its journey. Gourmet Secrets partners with UPS to ensure that your order is delivered in a timely manner, right to your doorstep, without your needing to sign it. This also allows us to ship everywhere in Canada, from Whitehorse to Halifax and anywhere in between!

Once your order arrives, the last step is to unpack it, place it in your freezer, and get ready to enjoy the best in gourmet steaks, chicken and other selections, right at home, for less than $3.99 a serving!

For your health!

In this day and age, it’s more important than ever for consumers to be vigilant about what they buy, especially when it comes to their food. Not even two months ago, the Mother Nature Network published an article detailing common “counterfeit foods”- that is, foods that are labelled as something they are not, a list that includes olive oil, blueberries, and even milk and fish. And the World Cancer Research Fund recently completed a review of over 7,000 different research articles looking at links between diet and cancer, and came to a startling conclusion: meats that are heavily-processed in order to improve their color are too dangerous for human consumption!

In light of all this, what makes shopping at Gourmet Secrets a better choice for your health?

Gourmet Secrets products always contain exactly what the label says. Our high quality standards guarantee that no fillers, thinners or substitutes are used in our products. We take special care with our fish products, which are at highest risk of being passed off as different species entirely, to make sure that the name matches the fish. This ensures that you get exactly what you pay for when you purchase from Gourmet Secrets.

In addition, Gourmet Secrets products are 100% natural: in particular, our selection of meats and seafood is raised in a natural environment with room for movement and growth, and guaranteed to be free of inorganic feed supplements, additives to enhance color or hormones. Our wild fish is exactly that: wild-caught and immediately flash-frozen to lock in its ocean freshness. And our prepared items are made with only natural ingredients, which are easily available under the product information when you select one on our website.

The World Cancer Research Fund review notes that “[the] cancer risks [outlined in their review] do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats.” This is exactly what Gourmet Secrets prides itself in: healthy, high-quality meats that haven’t been processed to artificially enhance their color at the expense of your health.

We stand by the quality of our products with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, because that is what Gourmet Secrets is all about: providing the very best in gourmet foods for you and your family. We believe that good food is measured by the quality and wholesomeness of the ingredients, and that Canadians deserve only the best food they can get.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed when you buy from Gourmet Secrets online. So why wait? Order today!