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Chicken
  • Myth: CB Chicken uses hormones.

    Answer: Wrong. 

    There are naturally occurring levels of oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in chickens and all other animals. However CB Chicken does not add any additional hormones. 

  • Myth: You should remove the skin before cooking chicken

    Answer: False. Chicken skin is good fat as it contains healthier unsaturated fat which improved cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease.

  • Myth: Fried chicken tastes better when crisped in the oven

    Answer:

    How to achieve that balance varies greatly depending on who you ask. You do not need to bother with this step the coating itself is really where the enviable crunch is going to be achieved.

  • Myth: Chicken is done cooking when the meat is not pink

    Answer:

    Anyone without a meat thermometer might be tempted to believe this cooking myth. For safety, all poultry must be cooked to the internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Checking to see if the meat is still pink or until juices run clear is not a certainty. The only reliable way to know is with a meat thermometer.

  • Myth: You need a deep fryer to make ultra-crispy wings

    Answer:

    Achieving crispy wings, regardless of how they are battered, fried, baked, or roasted, is a priority for many wing lovers. Tossing dry pieces of chicken in olive oil first then tossing it in a a bit of corn starch on the outside will ensure a flaky exterior. You don’t even need to use flour to get the full battered treatment.

  • Myth: Hormones are added to the Chicken

    Answer:

    None of the chickens raised in Jamaica or internationally are given hormones. In fact, feeding chickens additional hormones, other than the hormones the animal produces on its own, has been illegal in the since the 1950s.

    CB Chickens are better tasting, bigger and grow faster because of good breeding, proper nutrition, extra care by veterinarians and better living conditions. These all contribute to the healthier growth of birds.

  • Myth: Chicken Raised for meat (Broilers) are raised in cages.

    Answer:

    No CB Chicken buy is ever raised in a cage. live in large, open structures called houses, where they are free to roam, munch on food, drink water and socialize with other birds.

Pork
  • Controversy: Pork is fatty; it is unhealthy and so it should be avoided.

    Answer: Yes, and no. 

    Any fat in large quantities is unhealthy. But not all pork is fat. Like any other animal, pigs should be given proper nutrition and care. A pig with a healthy diet will produce lean, quality, tender meat. When they are given an unhealthy diet, they will generate fatty meat. Actually, there are 7 cuts of pork that contain less fat than skinless chicken breast. Yes, really! The healthiest pork cuts include pork chops, pork loin roasts, Extra Lean Bacon (from the loin), and tenderloin. Of course, that is before cooking with added fat or other ingredients. 

     That is why you should know where your pork is coming from. 

  • Controversy: I’ve tried pork before and I got sick. No pork is safe to eat.

    Answer: Yes, and no. Quality has to do with the genetics of the pig, what it was fed, the environment in which it was raised, and the treatment by the farmer.

    Pork is no different from any other meat. If mishandled at any point in the process, quality may be compromised and make you sick.  Ensure to ask all the right questions like those below to make sure your pork is safe.

    • Ask your butcher or grocer who their suppliers are
    • And where do those suppliers get their pork?
    • How were the pigs raised and what is their nutrition?
  • Controversy: Pigs eat anything! They’re scavengers.

    Answer: Again, yes, and no.

    Like any other animal, a hungry pig will eat whatever it finds to survive. That is why farmers must ensure to feed their pigs the veterinarian recommended feeds for the different stages of a pig’s life cycle.

  • Myth: You must cook pork all the way through so there is no pink.

    Answer: Actually, Copperwood Pork is very lean and so it may be easy to overcook. Ensure that your pork is cooked to 145 degrees. We recommend using a meat thermometer for the best way to prevent over or undercooking.

  • Myth: The pork butt comes from the back of the pig.

    Answer:  Nope. The pork butt is the cut of pork that comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg and may or may not contain the blade bone. It is a well-marbled cut, that is versatile and can be pot-roasted whole, cut up for stews or cooked over moist smoke in a smoker to transform it into classic pulled pork barbecue. Here in Jamaica, it’s the preferred cut for a juicy jerk pork!

Eggs
  • Myth: I don’t need to eat the yolk, it’s better for my health to just eat egg whites.

    Cracked: Egg yolks and whites contain different vitamins and minerals. The egg white is a great source of protein and selenium, but half the its protein and the Omega 3 fatty acids are found in the yolk.

  • Myth: Smart Eggs are injected to get the additional Omega 3 fatty acids.

    Cracked: Nope! Smart Eggs receive their additional Omega 3’s from the enriched diet fed to hens. These include extra flax seed.

  • Myth: Eggs are high in cholesterol and can increase the risk of heart disease.

    Cracked: Studies show that the consumption of eggs every day is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

  • Myth: Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs, they’re “natural”.

    Cracked: There’s no difference between them other than that a brown hen lays brown eggs and a white hen lays white eggs. Brown and white eggs have equal amounts of vitamins and minerals.

  • Myth: Organic and free-range eggs are better for you than standard eggs

    Cracked: There are no nutritional differences between organicfree-range and standard eggs. The only nutritional differences in eggs come from those laid by hens with special-fed diets, such as Smart Eggs Omega-3 enriched eggs.

Tips

CHICKEN TIPS:

  • The color of the egg depends on the chicken’s earlobes. Red ear lobed chickens lay brown eggs, while white ear lobed chickens lay white eggs.
  • White meat chicken, like chicken breast, is low in fat, containing only 1.5 grams per 3-ounce serving
  • Chicken is also relatively low in calories. A 3-ounce serving of boneless, skinless chicken breast contains around 90 calories.

PORK TIPS:

  • Pork has more protein than chicken and is high in zinc, iron, and B-vitamins.
  • Pork tenderloin cuts are almost as lean as skinless chicken breasts.
  • Aside from being rich in high-quality protein, pork contains a variety of healthy nutrients that are beneficial for your muscles. These include taurine, creatine, and beta-alanine.

EGG TIPS:

  • To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw
  • The differences in eggshell color are solely due to genetics
  • In general, you can test an egg’s freshness by placing it in a cup of water. If the egg floats, it indicates the egg is old and has a large air pocket, in which case you should pass on eating it. If it remains on the bottom, the egg is usually safe to eat.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve cognitive function, and may reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Chicken eggs nutritional value is the same, regardless of the egg color.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I sign up to become a CB Foods customer?

    You can easily sign up by contacting us with the information below.

    Phone 876-924-6000 and ask for Customer Care
    Email customercare.cb@mycbgroup.com

    Or

    Access the digital form here.

  • Where can I find CB Foods products?

    You can find our products in supermarkets, wholesales and corner-shops island-wide or at the following e-commerce sites: