GSI Deluxe Bacon

Thick strips of bacon on a plate... what's better than that divine smell in the morning?

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. In our busy lives, we rarely have time for a decent breakfast anymore, but once you wake up to the wonderful smell of Gourmet Secrets’ deluxe bacon throughout the house, you’ll never want to skip it again! Our bacon from 100% free range pork is deluxe trim, double maple and big on taste, always a treat to have around whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Bacon is usually made from pork belly cured in brine or dry salt for many hours, then smoked and sliced into thick strips that produce the streaky bacon we know and love. Bacon is often enjoyed beside eggs, potatoes and toast and is very popular as a sandwich meat, being a key ingredient in the preparation of a BLT. If you prefer something greener and healthier, cook up your bacon until crispy, chop it up into small chunks or bits, and use it as a garnish for your salad! Often very popular in dressings and sauces when rendered into tiny bits, you can make your own bacon ranch dressing by simply combining mayonnaise, white vinegar, parsley and bacon bits! Bacon also features as a garnish for many of our products, whether it is wrapped around our filet mignon, chicken breasts or scallops, or stuffed into our premade baked potatoes. Why not try Gourmet Secrets’ deluxe bacon in your own dishes?

If you love bacon, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Get some of Gourmet Secrets’ Deluxe Bacon Strips today at http://www.gourmetsecrets.ca!

GSI Baby Back Ribs

baby back ribs

Tender, juicy, smoky, fall-off-the-bone… that’s what the perfect rack of barbecued baby back ribs is all about. Gourmet Secrets gives you the best, free range pork with no hormones or inorganic feed additives, so all you get is great pork flavor and baby back ribs that are succulent and juicy!

Why are pork ribs so popular? Well, bone-in meat like ribs have a distinctly different taste than boneless meat due to the bone’s own juices cooking with the meat. The bone also brings heat to the center of the meat, making it cook more evenly. Baby back ribs, so named because they come from market-size hogs that are smaller than fully-grown hogs, are some of the most popular cuts of pork in North America, especially in the South where they are smoked, barbecued, grilled and braised to perfection with a good basting of homemade barbecue sauce. A full rack usually contains 10 to 13 back ribs, but will always have a minimum of 8. Gourmet Secrets’ Baby Back Ribs are split into half racks for perfect portion controlling, and once you cook them, you’ll be blown away by how tender they become.

When you order GSI Baby Back Ribs, you are getting the best barbecue experience you can buy in Canada. Fire up that grill and serve yourself some baby back ribs this summer: go to http://www.gourmetsecrets.ca today and get your order just in time for Canada Day!

The Gourmet Secrets Difference: Beef

Clockwise from top left: Extra Lean Beef Cubes, Celiac-Friendly Angus Steak Patties, GSI Reserve French Roast, GSI Reserve Filet Mignon 6oz, GSI Reserve New York Steaks, Extra Lean Angus Ground Beef. All available at Gourmet Secrets' online food store!

Clockwise from top left: Extra Lean Beef Cubes, Celiac-Friendly Angus Steak Patties, GSI Reserve French Roast, GSI Reserve Filet Mignon 6oz, GSI Reserve New York Steaks, Extra Lean Angus Ground Beef.

Gourmet Secrets prides itself on the very best in gourmet meats and seafood. It’s at the center of our concept, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the beef products we provide every day for our customers. From tender and juicy Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon to Extra Lean Beef Cubes, from Celiac-Friendly Angus Steak Patties to Beef Prime Rib Roast, all Gourmet Secrets beef products follow the highest standards of quality, so you can enjoy the best at great value.

Gourmet Secrets’ beef is free range, which means it’s out to pasture. The difference is the breadth of roaming: most cattle are kept in smaller, high-density, muddy enclosures with little to no grass growing, fed corn, soy and other grains with a metal trough. Gourmet Secrets’ beef, on the other hand, roams free in wide, open and grassy pastures, grazing naturally and enjoying as much space as it needs. The method of feeding Gourmet Secrets beef combines the best of both worlds: grass-feeding for their development and growth, and a light grain finish to grant it that extra marbling that gives it its AAA rating- all without inorganic additives, antibiotics or hormones. This makes for a healthy choice meat that is 100% natural and 100% beef. Our beef is then dry-aged for 21 to 28 days, a process which concentrates beef flavor in the cuts and makes it even more tender than before by breaking down tough connective tissue. This process makes for a higher-quality cut than what can be found at most supermarkets- in fact, the most renowned steakhouses and restaurants in the world demand only beef aged in this fashion!

When you order from Gourmet Secrets, you get free-range, grass-fed, grain-finished beef, free of chemicals and hormones, aged 21 to 28 days then flash-frozen, vacuum-sealed and immediately packed with your order. When it arrives to your doorstep, these tender, juicy and beefy cuts are ready for the grill, stew, casserole or whatever you want- all for $3.99 or less per serving! So what are you waiting for? Experience the difference of Gourmet Secrets beef today!

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.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Gourmet Secrets!

June 16th, 2013: Father’s Day. A day set aside to honor the men who have raised us, to show appreciation for the fathers in our community and lives. And what better way to celebrate than with a wholesome family meal that brings everyone together around the table?

The brand new Bison Seafood pack!

By picking our brand new Bison Seafood Pack, you instantly qualify for free shipping on a 5 item package, and any other items from the store at up to 50% off! That includes delectable bison products for the grill, as well as wild pink shrimp and the most delicious crab cakes. Eat the best quality bison and seafood for only $3.43 per serving, a great choice to celebrate with your family!

If your dad lives far away, never fear! You can get any Gourmet Secrets order shipped anywhere in Canada! Imagine his excitement coming home from a busy day and seeing your present waiting for him right at his doorstep with a personalized Father’s Day card! Now that’s a gift he’ll never forget!

We have so much more to offer you and your family for Father’s Day: check out our selection on our online store, and make an order dad won’t forget with Gourmet Secrets today!

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!