1. What's in the Barese Beef Sausage?

Our Beef Sausage is always made and sold fresh.  Below is a list of ingredients.

  • Garlic
  • Black Pepper
  • White Wine
  • Parsley
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Red Wine Vinegar

2. How do I use the Pork Brine included in my Pork Share?

  1. Put the brine starter kit, 4 cloves of sliced garlic and 2 L of hot water in a pot and bring the water to a simmer.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Add about 2L of cold water or 2kg of ice and pace the liquid in the fridge until its completely cooled.

3. What's in the Pork Breakfast Sausage

Our Pork Breakfast Sausage is always made and sold fresh.  Below is a list of ingredients:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • White Wine
  • Nutmeg
Our sausages are pumped into all Canadian natural hog casings

4. What's in the Hot Italian Pork Sausage?

Our Pork Bomba Sausage is always made and sold fresh.  Below is a list of ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fennel
  • Red Wine Vinegar
Our sausages are pumped into all Canadian natural hog casings

5. What's in the pork brine?

Every so often we get asked what the ingredients are in the brine, typically by customers who are looking to make a bit more at home.  You can use this brine on just about anything, including whole chicken, your Turducken as well the pork shoulder and pork belly.

The brine kit included in your Pork Share includes:

  • Sea Salt
  • Sugar
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Bay Leaf
  • Peppercorns
  • Spices

6. What's in the chicken rub?

We marinade our flattened chickens in a salsa verde.  The ingredients are:

  • Sea Salt
  • Paprika
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Granulated Onion
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Red Pepper Flakes

7. What grade is your beef?

It’s fair to say our beef is never less than AA and often hit AAA. Truthfully, we don’t get the beef graded because it comes straight from the farmer and we buy their entire herd.  Grading is typically done so animals destined for general market can stand out above the rest.  Because we’re buying direct and have such a close knit relationship with our farm, there really is no need for grading.

8. What comes in a Beef Share? How much does each Share weigh?

A Beef Share is typically 18lbs, although we don’t sell the bins by weight but rather by the unit. We ask the farmer to sell to us at a fixed price, and as a result we get sell each Share at a fixed price. Each Share contains ground beef, a round roast or pot roast, a braising cut like brisket or osso bucco, and four or five steaks like flank, flat iron, striploin, top sirloin and ribeye. Each Share also contains sausages, hamburgers, beef stock and beef fat for cooking with. Our beef is always hormone and antibiotic free.

9. What comes in a Chicken Share? How much does a Share weigh?

Each Chicken Share consists of four chickens: you’ll get one whole and trussed, one flattened and marinated, and two that are broken into breasts, legs and wings. Each Share also comes with chicken stock. Our chickens are from a local farm less than an hour outside Toronto. They are raised in open barns with constant access to the outdoors. They are always antibiotic and hormone free.

10. What comes in a Pork Share? How much does a Share weigh?

Each Pork Share consists of 1/8 of a whole hog: you’ll get fresh pork belly, a bone-in shoulder roast, some pork chops, fresh steaks, ground pork, breakfast sausage and spicy sausage as well as pork stock, rendered pork lard and a brine kit. Our tamworth hogs are always on pasture, just outside Stratford, ON. Our pork is always hormone and antibiotic free.

11. Is the meat already seasoned?

Most of the meat is not seasoned when you get it. We do this so you can season to taste.

12. Are the contents of each bin Gluten Free?

Yes, every component of West Side Beef is gluten free. We make sure the ingredients we use in the sausages and marinades are gluten free as well.

13. Is the meat Certified Organic?

None of the meat is Certified Organic. What we value more than an organic certification is the relationship that we build with our farmers. This is how we can assure you that everything we sell is free of antibiotics and hormones, raised ethically, pastured on grass, and transported less than 50km to the abattoir.

14. How do I use the beef fat?

You can find out more about this item in our glossary of terms.

15. Is the beef grassfed?

Not exclusively. Our beef is always pastured and they always have access to the field. They forage on fresh green grass when it’s available and eat hay in the winter. Their diets also include a mix of Non-GMO grain that’s grown on the same farm.