New York City's Famed Katz's Delicatessen Has Launched a Monthly Meat Subscription Service

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Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City makes a legendary pastrami sandwich, with some even calling it the best the city has to offer. Now, you can whip up your own New York-style Reuben when you get the deli’s signature meat (and accoutrements) delivered right to your door.

As spotted by Condé Nast Traveler, the deli is launching a monthly meat subscription service with nationwide deliveries. For $150 a month or $1500 a year, on the second Thursday of each month subscribers will receive a package with enough food to feed a family of (at least) six. June’s “pastrami package,” for instance, comes with a pound of sliced juicy pastrami, a medium whole pastrami (weighing between 4.1 and 4.7 pounds), a pound of deli mustard, a quart of pickles, and a loaf of rye bread.

To top it off, one or two pieces of merchandise will be thrown in each month, so if you want a pair of Katz’s $16 camouflage-patterned “salami socks,” now’s your chance. (Katz's was founded in 1888, and the socks reference the deli’s World War II-era slogan, “Send a salami to your boy in the Army.”)

Each month features a different seasonal theme, including a griller package in July, a beach package in August, and a Halloween package in October, which comes with Jewish delicacies such as sliced tongue, kishka (stuffed intestine), chopped liver, and of course, more pastrami.

According to Katz’s, their meat-curing process takes 30 days, which is significantly slower than other commercial delis that use a 36-hour curing method. That's because no chemicals or additives are injected into the meat to cure it faster.

Ready to sign up? You can place your order here, but keep in mind that you’ll have to order in three-month increments if you’re not selecting the year-long deal.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

Which Kind of Oatmeal is Best for Your Health?

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Like a lot of nutritionally robust foods, oatmeal sometimes gets a bad rap for being boring. Even the sight of plain, cooked oats—often resembling a mushy kind of paste—can have people passing it up in favor of a sugary cereal or pancake stack. But oatmeal can wind up being one of the better breakfast choices, not only in taste, but also in its health benefits, Time reports. It all comes down to what type of oatmeal you buy and how you prepare it.

To determine your best oat option, it helps to understand that oatmeal isn’t really oatmeal. When oats are harvested, they’re wrapped in a hard husk that manufacturers remove to facilitate cooking. Inside is the groat, a complete grain full of fiber. When you buy oatmeal that’s labeled “instant,” "quick-cooking," "rolled," or "old-fashioned," the groat has been steamed and rolled flat to make it easier to cook. The mostly unadulterated oatmeal labeled “steel-cut” or “Irish” is actually made up of groats that have been chopped up but are otherwise whole.

Typically, the faster you can cook the oatmeal, the more it’s been processed and the less it resembles the groat from the field. Because they resemble kernels and remain thick, steel-cut oatmeal requires the longest preparation, simmering on a stovetop for 30 minutes or so. Processed oats are flaky and can easily be heated.

Nutritionally, both rolled and steel-cut oats have the same profile. Both are fibrous and high in vitamins E, B1, and B12. Steel-cut oats have a heartier texture, while instant tends to take on a loose, light consistency. But because steel-cut oatmeal keeps more of the whole grain intact, it tends to be higher in fiber and lower on the glycemic index and provides more of a slow-burn energy as opposed to the quick burst of the sugar found in flavored instant oatmeal packets.

If you want to opt for steel-cut oats but are short on time, there are solutions. You can soak oats overnight to reduce cooking time down to 10 minutes or so on the stove, or prepare a week’s worth so you can quickly re-heat portions. Topped with yogurt, peanut butter, or fruit, it’s one of the best breakfast choices you can make. And with a little foresight, you won’t have to sacrifice your busy morning to enjoy it.

[h/t Time]

An Avocado Shortage Has Triggered a Fruit Crime Wave in New Zealand

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In New Zealand, getting started as an avocado grower is no easy task right now. That’s because, according to Stuff.co.nz and The Takeout, the country’s nurseries are currently experiencing a shortage of avocado saplings due to high demand.

Avocado prices are especially high in New Zealand, in part because of the country’s strict import rules. New Zealand doesn’t import avocados, and homegrown harvests have produced low yields in the past two years. Prices for the fruit have spiked, and the average avocado goes for about $3.30 according to The New York Times.

Some New Zealanders have responded to the shortage by trying to get into the avocado cultivation game themselves, but the rush to buy avocado saplings has led to a shortage for wholesalers and nurseries. Several nursery owners Stuff.co.nz spoke to currently have a large backlog of orders they haven’t yet filled. If you want a sapling this year, you’d better get in line. Some nurseries ran out as early as April, and more saplings might not come into stock until late September.

Some opportunistic New Zealanders have taken a different tack to get their avocado fix. There has been a rash of fruit theft from avocado orchards, and thieves are taking more than just one or two avocados. One grower reported losing 70 percent of his harvest to theft in July, costing him an estimated $100,000.

People looking to plant avocado trees shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to get their hands on saplings, though. Winter in New Zealand isn’t yet over, and if you’re going to plant a new tree, you should probably wait until spring, anyway. And growing avocados isn’t an instant gratification hobby. Newly planted avocado trees don’t bear fruit for their first few years. That baby tree might take as long as four years to start producing guacamole ingredients.

[h/t The Takeout]

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