Questions About Pork and BeefHow long can Carlton Farms pork and beef be safely stored?
How long can Carlton Farms pork and beef be safely stored?
To ensure ideal freshness, all Carlton Farms pork and beef cuts should be used or frozen within one week of purchase. Fresh cuts, such as steaks, chops, roasts, and tenderloins can be frozen for up to one year in our special vacuum packages.
Ham and other smoked products: our Old-Fashioned Bone-in Hams and our Old- Fashioned Boneless Hams can be stored in the refrigerator in the original, unopened packaging for up to three weeks. Other smoked meats, such as our sausages and bacon, can also be kept in the refrigerator unopened for three weeks or in the freezer for six months.
Because it can affect quality and flavor, we do not recommend freezing cooked ham, although leftovers that are to be used in soups and casseroles can be safely frozen for up to three months.
How long can I safely store leftovers?
In the rare case that you actually have any Carlton Farms pork or beef left over, be sure to put it in the coldest part of the refrigerator within two hours of serving. Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator for four to five days; wrapped and frozen leftovers can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.
What's the best way to defrost meat?
The ideal way to defrost raw, frozen pork or beef is slowly, in the refrigerator. It can also be sealed in an airtight or leak-proof bag and submerged in cold water.
How long will defrosted pork or beef last? And what if I decide not to use it?
Once you've thawed beef by the refrigerator method, it will be safe in the refrigerator for three to five days before cooking. Although we don't really recommend it, if you end up not using the meat within that time period you can safely refreeze it without cooking it first.
Can I cook partially-defrosted pork or beef?
Yes. It is actually safe to cook frozen or partially-frozen pork and beef, though cooking times may be up to 50% longer.
How long and at what temperature should your pork cuts be cooked?
The best-tasting Carlton Farms pork is cooked to medium doneness or 160 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer. Depending on the cut and the recipe, pork may be grilled, broiled, sautéed, roasted, stewed, or braised. Check out our recipe page for some truly delectable dishes, or for more general guidelines on cooking pork, consult this chart at the the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service web site.
How do I reheat ham?
Bone-In Cooking Times:
- 10 to 14 lbs.: 3 to 4 hrs
- 14 to 17 lbs.: 4 to 4.5 hrs
- 18 to 20 lbs.: 4.5 to 5 hrs
Boneless Cooking Times:
- 6 to 8 lbs.: 1.75 to 2.25 hrs
- 8 to 10 lbs.: 2 to 2.5 hrs
- 10 to 12 lbs.: 2.25 to 2.75 hrs
- 12 to 14 lbs.: 3 to 4 hrs
Carving a bone-in ham
Remove the ham from the oven and allow it to "set-up" for 5 minutes. Place the ham on the carving board with the fat side up and the shank bone to your right. A large fork and sharp carving knife are essential for good carving.
- Place the fork securely in the end on your left. Cut as many slices as you can parallel to the length of the ham or until you are scraping the bone. This description is for a ham from the left side of pork. With a ham from the right side of pork, these first slices will be made farthest from you.
- Turn the ham up so that it now is sitting on the surface you just cut. Place the fork securely into the left end. Cut a small wedge out next to the shank end. Then cut thin slices down to the leg bone.
- Remove the slices by cutting along the leg bone at a right angle to the group of slices.
- To obtain additional smaller slices, return the ham to its original position and slice at right angles to the bone.
Excess fat can be trimmed off, sliced, and fried like bacon. Left-over bones can be used in making other products such as split-pea soup.
How about cooking recommendations for Carlton Farms Beef?
From grilling and pan-frying to a long, slow roast in the oven, there are all kinds of ways to prepare Carlton Farms Beef. In general, Carlton Farms Rib-Eye Steaks, Cowboy Steaks, and New York Steaks are fantastic on the grill when cooked to your preferred level of doneness: rare (about 130°); medium rare (about 145°); medium (about 160°); and well-done (about 170°). We recommend roasting our prime rib to an internal goodness of about 145°. For more specific and wonderful ideas, please visit our recipes page.
How to cook bacon perfectly
In a skillet: Slice strips in half crosswise. Place in a large skillet over medium-low heat without crowding. If strips overlap they won't cook evenly.
- Turn bacon regularly as it cooks. Because pans have hot spots, move the strips around, switching ones in the middle with those on the outside. The bacon will take 5-10 minutes to cook, depending on the bacon, the pan and the heat.
- Just before you think the bacon has reached perfection, remove it and drain on paper towels. It will continue to cook as little as it sits.
- To control the sizzling grease you can use a spatter guard, sold at many cookware and department stores. Or try these other methods from "Everything Tastes Better with Bacon."
Baking: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place wire racks on a jellyroll pan. Arrange a single layer of bacon on the racks and bake to desired crispness, 15-20 minutes. It is not necessary to turn the slices.
Broiling: Heat the broiler. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the broiler pan's slotted top. Place the pan so that the bacon is 3 inches from the heat. Broil to desired crispness, 5-7 minutes, turning once for even browning.
Microwaving: Place 6-8 bacon slices between layers of paper towels on a microwaveable plate. Cook on high for 6-8 minutes, turning the bacon a quarter-turn every 2 minutes.
Does your pork receive a grade like beef?
The majority of hogs today are graded and sold on a lean-to-fat ratio established by individual processors. Carlton Farms has set its own high standards for pork to ensure that our products are consistently marbled to produce the most tender and flavorful cuts possible. The USDA does have strict standards for pork processing when it comes to cleanliness, and we constantly exceed these guidelines. In fact, Carlton Farms was one of the first USDA Total Quality Control meatpacking facilities in the United States.
Questions About Our AnimalsIs Carlton Farms' pork safe to eat with the recent outbreak of the hybrid flu?
Is Carlton Farms' pork safe to eat with the recent outbreak of the hybrid flu?
Yes. Pork is safe to eat and the hybrid influenza outbreak has not affected the U.S. swine-herd. That's the consistent message from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The fact is the current flu outbreak is not linked to pigs in any way. Investigations have determined that none of the people infected with the hybrid flu had contact with hogs, that contact with swine is not the source of this outbreak, and that U.S. pigs have not been infected. "Given there is no case of infection in animals confirmed in the zones where cases of human infection have been detected, it is not necessary to introduce specific measures for international trade in swine or their products nor to consider that consumers of pork products are at risk of infection," the OIE statement asserts.
People can not get the hybrid influenza from eating pork or pork products. Hybrid influenza is a respiratory disease and is not transmitted through food. Pork is safe to eat.
The National Meat Association has put together an influenza update page online at http://nmaonline.org/htmlresources/flu.
For more information on the Swine Flu visit The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm or World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/faq/en/index.html.
Are your products all-natural?
As demand for natural and organic products has increased, so has the confusion over what constitutes "natural" or "organic." Something called "natural" might actually contain preservatives, and a product labeled "organic" might only mean that one ingredient is grown that way. The USDA is currently developing guidelines that will help consumers know exactly what they're buying. Until then, here's a clear description of what you get when you purchase from Carlton Farms: high quality meat that is antibiotic-free, grown by a hand-picked team of farmers who respect their animals and the environment. For those products that are minimally processed (bacon, hams, etc.), we use only our own natural ingredients when curing or smoking.
Where do your animals come from?
Our animals come from proud growers — some of whom we've known for multiple generations — who practice sustainable farming and follow our strict standards for quality. We source as much as we can from a small group of farmers here in the Willamette Valley, and also a hand-picked group of farms and ranches in the Pacific Northwest that we've certified. It's just one of the ways to ensure that the Carlton Farms meat you serve will be the best you can buy.
What type of feed do your growers use?
Our growers use a strictly grain-based vegetarian diet. Other than the natural nursing process in which newborn piglets engage, no animal byproducts are fed to hogs purchased by Carlton Farms.
How do you ensure that your growers follow these standards?
We have a Grower Certification Program that includes several key points that must be met by our farmers in order for us to buy their animals. These requirements ensure that hogs and cattle are raised in a sustainable manner, fed vegetarian diets, and delivered to us antibiotic-free. If our growers can't meet our standards, we can't purchase from them.
Is your pork free of antibiotics and growth hormones?
Yes. Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in pork production. And our quality standards mandate that every hog we process is antibiotic-free when it arrives from our growers' farms. We constantly test and inspect the hogs we buy to ensure that these strict standards are followed.
How do you ensure that your animals are treated humanely?
We brought in Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the nation's leading experts on humane animal handling practices, to design a leading-edge harvesting system and training program for our employees. This included the design and construction of a circular loading chute, and more light and nipple watering systems in larger holding areas so hogs could move around more comfortably. In addition, a USDA inspector is on-site monitoring our system whenever we harvest. For more information on Dr. Grandin visit: templegrandin.com
Where do the different cuts of meat come from?
Please see the Cuts 101 section of the site to learn more.
Questions About Our CompanyHow long has Carlton Farms been around?
How long has Carlton Farms been around?
Founded in 1956 in Carlton, Oregon, by Henry " Hank" Duyn, Carlton Farms was originally known as Carlton Packing Company. In 1958, Hank's brother, Carl Duyn, joined the company. Then, beginning in the mid 1970’s, Carl's son John was President and Chief Executive Officer until his passing in 2014. Today, Carlton Farms is still in the family with Rita O’Hara Duyn stewarding the vision as our current President and Chief Executive Officer.
Where are you located?
Carlton Farms is located in the foothills of Oregon's coast range, a few miles outside of Carlton at 10600 N.W. Westside Road. From downtown Carlton, head west on Main Street from Highway 47 (Main Street becomes Meadowlake Road). At the intersection of Meadowlake Road and Westside Road, turn left and you're here. You can view Directions for an interactive map.
Where can I buy Carlton Farms products?
Do you offer tours of Carlton Farms?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual tours to the public. However, if you are a Carlton Farms wholesale customer, you may contact your distributor/purveyor to schedule a tour of our facilities.
Are Carlton Farms animals raised humanely?
At Carlton Farms, we believe that in order to produce the highest quality finished products, you must first start with quality growers who are raising only the finest live animals. This means that all of our animals must be raised and handled in a humane manner. Carlton Farms' chosen producers are doing an outstanding job raising our animals, and their animal husbandry skills are second to none. Carlton Farms has also had Dr. Temple Grandin, the foremost advocate for humane animal handling, review our facility to ensure that we comply with her ideals and guidelines. See http://grandin.com
How well do you know your cuts? Carlton Farms believes that knowing which cut of meat to select can make all the difference. Check out your many different options below and find the best cut of meat that best suits your desired method of preparation, taste and interest.
Click on each section of the animals below to learn more about their cuts of meat.
How We Ship
Carlton Farms products are perishable food items; to insure the quality of the product we ship all orders via UPS with insulated coolers.
Our products are vacuum packed and quick flash-frozen to insure the quality of our meat. Carlton Farms superior method of packaging, greatly increasing the amount of time the product can remain safely in the freezer.
All orders are shipped via UPS Monday through Wednesday. Orders received after 4:00pm (Pacific Standard Time) will be sent the following day. Orders received Wednesday through Sunday will ship the following Monday. All orders are sent UPS two-day service. Next day or Saturday delivery arrangements can be made by calling (800) 932-0946.
Your shipment tracking # will be available once your order ships.
We guarantee that our products are of the highest quality and will arrive safely, if the correct address has been provided. While our products can safely remain in the supplied containers for a short time we highly advise the product be placed in a freezer or refrigerator as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of delivery.
If container damage has occurred during shipment please contact our customer service representative at (800) 932-0946 Monday-Friday between 7am – 4pm, PST.
We are sorry, due to the nature of the product, we cannot ship any products to Canada, other foreign countries, or to APO, FPO, and P.O. Box addresses.
Today's Pork: Compare it to Chicken
With today's feeding and breeding techniques, pork has on average 31 percent less fat than in 1981, and many cuts of pork are as lean as skinless chicken. For instance, a pork loin today has 77% less fat and 53% fewer calories than 20 years ago. In fact, there are nine different cuts of pork available with less than nine grams of fat. That's why customers can be sure that Carlton Farms pork is healthy, versatile, and flavorful too.
Carlton Farms Smoked Turkey Ordering and Preparation
This product is naturally wood smoked and can be re-heated or served cold.
To re-heat, place smoked turkey in shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Set oven to 325 degrees. Put pan in oven uncovered, and cook to an internal temperature of 150 degrees.
Approximate temperature schedule:
10-12 lb. turkey: 1.5-2 hours
For ordering information, please call Carlton Farms @ (800) 932-0946.