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Posted by in News on June 22, 2018 .
​After 2 years since building our new modern production facility we’ve been working hard to achieve Safe and Local Supplier Approval (SALSA) which is the highest standard of hygiene, traceability and good practice for small to medium food businesses. Kirsty (a local lass and microbiology graduate) and our new Operations Manager spent 3 months training, putting systems of traceability and condensing all my paper work. In short, we are of the standard that all the major supermarkets require of their suppliers/potential suppliers. We did it!
 Well done to the whole team for their massive massive efforts to get us to this level. So now our customers can have the extra confidence that all McCaskie Butchers’ sausages, burgers and kebabs are produced in a SALSA approved facility. ...

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Posted by in News on May 25, 2018 .
Blazing sunshine on the big May Bank Holiday weekend; it’s the prefect recipe for an awesome BBQ with friends and family.   Everyone’s familiar with the staple favourite BBQ foods such as sausages, burgers, kebabs. Of course, at McCaskie’s we’re always well stocked with these if there’s even a hint of BBQ weather. However, the quality of our meats and flavour is what really makes a McCaskie’s BBQ something extra special.   ...

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Posted by in News on March 09, 2018 .
​We’re so proud of the awards we’ve received over the years we’ve put some on display for all our customers to see. Among the prestigious awards on display are: Gold in the Traditional Steak Pie Awards 2017 Scottish Craft Butchers Lamb Product of the Year 2016 Diamond Award for Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb Lollipops Scottish Craft Butchers Haggis Champion 2015 People’s Choice Champion for Haggis, Haggisfest, Oban Winterfest (won 3 years running!) Have a look at the list of awards McCaskie Butchers has received. ...

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Posted by in News on February 22, 2018 .
McCaskie Butchers got the next best thing to the Royal warrant of appointment when HRH The Princess Royal visited the shop yesterday to open our new butchery and production facility. There’s been a tangible buzz from our customers in the shop, in Wemyss Bay and online with congratulations, good wishes and comments flying in on the McCaskie Butchers Facebook page. HRH The Princess Royal, who is President of the Scottish Beef Club, was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire (Mr. Guy Clark) and was met and shown round the McCaskie Butchers shop and new facility by owners Nigel and Helen Ovens together with Nigel’s mother, Elizabeth. McCaskie Butchers, which was established in 1935, have been using the new state-of-the-art butchery and production facility for a few weeks now and was developed to help improve production efficiencies and raise the already high quality of service McCaskie’s provides to customers throughout the UK. Nigel said “It was an amazing day. HRH The Princess Royal was so interested in everyone she met and she spoke and chatted to every member of staff. We had our farmers, suppliers and the new facility’s builders here today too who all enjoyed a special lunch to mark the occasion. It was a great boost for the Butchers and Scotch meat industry. Also, mum was so happy.” ...

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Posted by in News on January 08, 2018 .
Scottish Craft Butchers have recognised Mearns T. McCaskie with a number of awards in the 2018 Scottish Craft Butchers Savoury Pastry Awards. The award of these accolades are testament to the great care and attention we place on ensuring our pies continue to improve. These awards are carried out as independent product evaluations by an experienced panel of judges and provides our customers with an additional endorsement of the high quality of McCaskie products. The awards are as follows: Gold Award for Bridie. Gold Award for Chicken Pie. 
Gold Award for Speciality Pie. Gold Award for Steak Pie. Gold Award for Roast Dinner Chicken Pie. Gold Award for Steak and Haggis Pie. Silver Award for Scotch Pie. ...

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Posted by in News on December 06, 2017 .
Now, Helen Ovens says she doesn’t get out of Wemyss Bay much but this week I’ve taken her to our supplier Enotria’s wine tasting in Ayr and today she’s with me at Oban Distillery at the Winter Festival Haggis Competition.   McCaskie’s were crowned for the third year running as the ‘People’s Choice Champion’ in the Golden Haggis Awards where the public decides the winner (not the judges). We’re so very pleased!   ...

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Posted by in News, Tips, Beef, Lamb, Pork on November 07, 2017 .
Cooking beef, lamb and pork is easy is you follow some basic rules. Unfortunately, many people don't know what these are. To help with this, there's a great cooking aid available provided by AHDB (the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) Beef & Lamb as part of their Meat Education Programme. In you will find the different cooking methods and hints and tips on: Preparing meat prior to cooking Sealing or browning the meat The cooking process (roasting, grilling and frying) Cooking times for all cuts of beef, lamb and pork Knowing when your meat is cooked "Doneness" (rare, medium rareand well done) Making gravy So if you want inspiration to cook your red meat with confidence and produce delicious, perfectly cooked meat every time, download your copy of Meat Education Programme - Understanding cooking beef, lamb and pork (PDF). ...

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Posted by in News on October 19, 2017 .
It's Christmas planning time and we have decided to go 100% Free Range with all our breast joints across the board coming from Copas bronze birds. There's average quality everywhere but at McCaskies our ethos is finest quality and at great prices that match we feel we really are raising the steaks . We are launching 7 new festive boxes that feature Copas breast joints and Gartmorn farm turkeys with the McCaskie accompaniments at sensational prices . Look out for our Copas introduction box at £46 - that includes 1 x Copas Free range breast joint for 6, 12 stuffing balls , 500g chestnut and apple stuffing , 18 chipolatas in bacon , streaky bacon and a turkey gravy - yes, you've not misread All for £46. This year with more space we are introducing our new pre paid order collection point at the doors of our new production area, hopefully making collections quick, easy and painless and freeing up the shop for purchases and non pre paid orders. Our full Christmas list will be ready very soon! Look out for our updates on offers and much more, by signing up for our newsletters, LIKE us on Facebook or simply order direct from the website. ...

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