Tuesday, September 11, 2012

mmm...steak...plus, a *giveaway* (mmm...steak knives)!

I love steak. Paul loves steak too, so it's always easy for one of us to convince the other that we should have steak for dinner. There's something so beautiful about a thick, juicy, perfectly marbled slab of meat sitting on our grill. We almost never dress it up with anything more than a coat of freshly ground salt and pepper.


Now, as you can probably tell, our favourite type of steak is a Grilling one, but did you know that steaks fall into three categories? Before becoming a Canadian Beef Brand Ambassador, I could never keep this straight! Basically, they're grouped according to how they should be prepared:
  • GRILLING - can be grilled without any extra prep or effort 
  • MARINATING - needs to be marinated before you cook it (no matter how you cook it)
  • SIMMERING - needs a slow simmer in a nice liquid to ensure tenderness (like a steak version of a pot roast!)
Since I'm not that familiar with the other steak groups besides Grilling, I wanted to learn more about how to cook them properly. Curious? Check out this very useful page that give you tips, cooking notes and timing on cooking all three types of steaks.

I definitely want to start cooking with Marinating and Simmering steaks more often - there's a whole bunch of recipes I've already bookmarked on the Canadian Beef site that I want to try. (Hmmm...how long do you think it would take me to try out every steak recipe here?)

Want to join me and other steak lovers in a fun Twitter chat all about STEAK? Canadian Beef and ShesConnected are having a #LoveCDNBeef Twitter Party on Thursday, September 13 at 8:30 pm EST. Follow @CanadianBeef and @shesconnected, and use the #LoveCDNBeef hashtag.


In anticipation of all the steak I'm going to be eating, CUTCO (in partnership with Canadian Beef) was kind enough to send me a set of their new steak knives. Although we already own several sets of steak knives, these ones are pretty darn nice. They have a thick, full tang, which Paul and I noticed right away, and both of us also loved how great the knives feel in our hands - they have an ergonomic design and a really good weight to them.
  • Exclusive Double-D® edge provides a clean, smooth cut every time and stays sharp longer than straight-edge knives. Can be factory sharpened. 
  • Ergonomic handle is a universal fit for large or small, left or right hands. Thumb and forefinger lock into place for safety and control. Fatigue-resistant design. 
  • With CUTCO's Forever Guarantee, we will sharpen, hone, buff, repair and if necessary replace your CUTCO knives and accessories for FREE. No receipt is required. 
  • Like all CUTCO products, the Steak Knife is guaranteed forever.
Are you envious of my new steak knives? Well, you don't have to be! The generous team at CUTCO is also giving a set of these steak knives to one lucky kitchen frolic reader! 


To enter:

  • Leave a comment, telling me how you like your steak (2 entries)

If you want extra entries (1 entre for each action):

  • Leave a comment, telling me what CUTCO product you'd like to try out most.
  • Follow me on Twitter (leave a comment letting me know you're following me)
  • Follow CUTCO on Twitter (leave a comment letting me know you're following them)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please include my Twitter handle, @kitchenfrolic so I can see the tweet!)
Don't forget to leave an email so I can contact you if you win! Contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA. Contest ends Friday, September 28, 2012.

(If you had already entered using the Rafflecopter form I had up earlier, don't worry, I have those entries saved. I was having problems with their form, so I had to take it down, but don't worry - you're entered!)

Oh, and if you're wondering - I prefer my steaks Medium-Rare, and will sit sullenly glaring at you if I have to chew on anything more done than Medium.


Disclosure: I am a Canadian Beef Ambassador and have been compensated for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way by my association with the program.

84 comments:

  1. I like steak done medium.

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  2. I like mine done to at least medium, if not medium well.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Medium Rare but if it's a filet, blue rare Chicago style

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  4. medium well

    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  5. I'd try the Cutco Vegetable Knife

    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  6. I like my steak medium rare...but, err on the rare side! (Better than too well done!)

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  7. medium rare
    debbdye@gmail dot com

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  8. Medium Rare... the only way...

    Vegetable knife looks nice.. I wouldnt mind trying my new steak knives either ;)

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  9. I love my steak medium rare

    heatherholmberg@ hotmail . com

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  10. I would love to try the 7" Santoku

    heatherholmberg@ hotmail . com

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  11. followed you on twitter
    my id is boot_lip

    heatherholmberg@ hotmail.com

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  12. followed cutco on twitter
    my id is boot_lip

    heatherholmberg@ hotmail.com

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  13. tweeted !! thanks for a great contest
    https://twitter.com/boot_lip/status/245764763785781248

    heatherholmberg@ hotmail .com

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  14. I love mine Med-rare, done on the BBQ!

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  15. i always prefer my beef medium rare!

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  16. For additional entries:
    1. I'd like to try those Cutco steak knives !
    2. Followed you on Twitter
    3. Followed Cutco on Twitter
    4. Twitted https://twitter.com/HenryCalibre8/status/246009452090761217

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  17. I like them medium rare.

    c(underscore)ssm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. The steak knives of course.

    c(underscore)ssm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Following you on twitter as ssmc99

    c(underscore)ssm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Following CUTCO on twitter as ssmc99

    c(underscore)ssm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. https://twitter.com/ssmc99/status/246038047500693504


    c(underscore)ssm(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I like it medium well 1/2 entries
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I like it medium well 2/2 entries
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. Shear Favourites in Gift Box is what I'd like to try out most.
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I Follow me on Twitter - @benitozk
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I Follow CUTCO on Twitter - @enitozk
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. https://twitter.com/benitozk/status/246837547127427072
    benjifiliso(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. Love your post! YUM! Can't wait to see you in Oct, lovely! Woooot! #loveCDNbeef

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  29. I'm following you on twitter @PlanetZordoc

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  30. I follow you on twitter I am @sharonnelt

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  31. I tweeted https://twitter.com/sharonnelt/status/247330947178053632

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  32. I love my steak Medium Rare

    Followed you and Cutco I am Gunthertaha :)

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  33. I like my steak Medium well!
    Entry # 1
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  34. I like my steak Medium well!
    Entry # 2
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  35. I would like to try the Cutco BBQ set!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  36. I follow you on Twitter! @rebthecatsitter
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  37. I follow Cutco on Twitter!
    @rebthecatsitter
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  38. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/RebTheCatSitter/status/247540289441509376
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  39. I like my steak well done on the BBQ

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  40. Hi, Stephanie Thanks for the great give-away!

    I am a little squeamish with too much blood in my food. I prefer my steak close to well done (but not tough).
    timothy (dot) ducharme (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. Hi, Stephanie

    My current steak knives are pathetic! So I would like to try the CUTCO steak knives the most. I visited them at their booth at the CNE, and am very impressed with their knives.
    timothy (dot) ducharme (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. Hi, Stephanie

    I am following you on Twitter as:
    @timducharme

    timothy (dot) ducharme (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. Hi, Stephanie

    I am following CUTCO on Twitter as:
    @timducharme

    timothy (dot) ducharme (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. Hi, Stephanie

    I tweeted about your give-away:
    https://twitter.com/timducharme/status/247844395020320768

    timothy (dot) ducharme (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. i like my steak medium rare

    lelalacc athotmail (dotcom)

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  46. i'd most like to try the CUTCO 10 Qt. Stock Pot & Cover

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  47. follow you on twitter - @ lelalacc

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  48. follow CUTCO on twitter - @ lelalacc

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  49. link to tweet:
    https://twitter.com/lelalacc/status/247892329455816705

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  50. I like my steak well done.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. I'd like to have the CUTCO 8-Pc. Table Knife Set with Block.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. I love my steak Medium
    anger_family @yahoo dot com
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  53. I love my steak Medium
    anger_family @yahoo dot com
    comment 2

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  54. I would love to try their steak knives
    anger_family @yahoo dot com

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  55. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/ginette4/status/248911720305815552
    anger_family @yahoo dot com

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  56. I like my steak medium rare
    I follow CUTCO on twitter
    cote.annemarie@Hotmail.com

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  57. Oh and I also follow you on twitter :)!

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  58. I like mine well done

    frankburcu(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I like my medium rare
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  60. I really like their the 7" Santoku
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  61. following you on twitter
    @BeeWBedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  62. Following CUTCO on Twitter
    @BeeWBedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  63. https://twitter.com/BeeWBedard/status/249688593763807232
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  64. Medium to medium well is how I cook my steaks!

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  65. I now follow you on Twitter - @Miss_Elles

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  66. I now follow @CUTCOCutlery on Twitter - @Miss_Elles

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  67. I checked out their website & like the look of the kitchen shears but would most love to try the steak knives. I'm embarrassed to admit that the only steak knives I own are from the $1 Store & using those for almost 3 years now! The tips are all bent & they are pretty flimsy.

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  68. I'm on my phone & don't know how to get the link to my re-tweet but I just re-tweeted from your page.

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  69. I like my steak medium well and I'm following you on Twitter! :)

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