Gourmet Secrets’ Celiac Friendly Selections!

Sausage

At Gourmet Secrets, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the highest-quality and finest food at great value. Burgers, hot dogs, liver pâté, all of these are great foods in and of themselves, or ingredients for your next homemade recipe, but to the chagrin of some, wheat is normally found as a binding agent in all of these products. While using wheat helps keep the shape of the food together as it cooks, it makes these foods unpalatable for those with allergies or intolerances to gluten.

When you order from Gourmet Secrets, you don’t have to choose between your food or your allergy: they provide a wide selection of gluten free products that you and your family will love!

Order some Sweet Italian Sausages for that great Italian flavor, or Hot Italian Sausages for that extra kick for your tastebuds. The Original Smokies are fully cooked and ready to eat right out of the fridge with some honey or Dijon mustard! If you’re raring for something different than bacon or ham in the morning, our Breakfast Sausages will charm you with their morning aroma as you fry them up with eggs and toast!

Are you a fan of hot dogs? Don’t settle for the grocery store brand: Gourmet Secrets’ European Wieners are made with 100% free-range pork meat and great for steaming up when you’re watching the ball game or going out for a picnic! And if those still aren’t big enough for you, they offer 16oz Farmer’s Sausages full of pork and spice flavor which will be the delight of your next recipe, whether in pastas, besides chicken or in an omelette!

Visit Gourmet Secrets’ online store today and check out their gluten-free selections: you’ll be amazed by the taste and quality! Don’t wait- order today!

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Celiac-Friendly Breakfast Sausages

Delicious fried sausage links- serve these for breakfast with your eggs and toast! Only available at Gourmet Secrets' online food store!

Good morning Gourmet Secrets! A plateful of eggs, some hash browns, a tall glass of orange juice and buttered toast, now that sounds like the breakfast of champions. But there seems to be something missing… Gourmet Secrets’ celiac-friendly breakfast sausages! Toss a few of these links in the frying pan until they are golden-fried and serve beside eggs, potatoes and toast for a complete breakfast!

These breakfast sausages are made of 100% free-range Alberta pork, seasoned with aromatic spices and salt that create the delicious aroma that wafts in the air in the morning. The best part- these sausages are free of gluten as a binding agent, and thus are safe for celiacs and those with wheat intolerance to eat! Great for breakfast, as per their name, they can also be used as ground meat for tacos and nachos by cutting open their casing and frying up the ground pork with tons of sautéed peppers, onions and taco spices. Sprinkle this tex-mex mixture on top of tortilla chips and cover with shredded mozzarella for the best nachos this side of Canada! You can even take out the meat from the sausages and make delicious pork patties that will be a hit in your next big barbecue!

Make your morning, afternoons and evenings more exciting with Gourmet Secrets’ celiac-friendly breakfast sausages, only at http://www.gourmetsecrets.ca!

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!

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!

Recipe: Pork Steak Parmigiana

This fantastic recipe puts together Italian flavors and our Prime Rib Pork Steaks for a flavor explosion that is sure to tantalize. Try something different with your pork steaks today!

Ingredients

  • 4 x Gourmet Secrets Prime Rib Pork Steak
  • 1 and 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Beat together the eggs and milk in a small bowl, and in a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, parsley and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium head. Add in the garlic and toast until lightly browned, then remove from oil and reserve for other uses.
  3. Dip each Prime Rib Pork Steak in the egg bath, then in the breadcrumb mixture, then brown in the skillet for 5 minutes on each side. It doesn’t have to be all cooked through!
  4. In a large baking dish, pour 2 cups of pasta sauce, then place the four pork steaks on top, cover with 2 cups of grated mozzarella and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, then top off with the remaining sauce.
  5. Bake in the oven, covered, for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!