We’re Supplying to The Great British Bake Off!

Cast of The Great British Bake Off

Traymoor is delighted to have been chosen to provide meats for The Great British Bake Off. The latest series of the show was filmed at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Matching Green, Essex. The production company chose us as we are a leading supplier of top-quality meats to hotels and restaurants across the eastern region and London. Furthermore, our reputation for quality produce, speed, and professional service, ensured our success.

Our managing director, Andy Hyde, responded to the news: ‘At Traymoor, we take great pride in our work. So, to supply our produce to The Great British Bake Off, and at such a prestigious venue is a huge accolade. We’re all incredibly excited to be part of the new series.’

Over 10 hour-long episodes, the show sees amateur baking fans battle to win the title of UK’s best amateur baker. Competitors young and old from all over the UK face different challenges each week. And each week, the competitor showing the least ability is eliminated. The judges are Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, and the hosts of the latest series will be Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding.

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 at 8 pm on Tuesday 22nd September.

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How to freeze and defrost meat

frozen beef joint covered in ice crystals

Most households have freezers these days. They’re a convenient way of keeping a ready supply of different meats, and they mean that you can benefit from the cost savings of buying in bulk. When you freeze and defrost meat, it’s important to follow some tried and tested procedures. That way, you will keep your meat in peak condition and, more importantly, minimise any risk to health.

Does freezing meat reduce the quality?

Freezing for a limited period does not impact negatively on the quality of fresh meat. It simply puts the brakes on the bacterial activity that occurs when meat is left at room temperature. If you freeze meat quickly and defrost correctly, it will turn out just as good as if it were fresh.

Why freeze on day of purchase?

The packaging on meat normally advises you that if freezing, you should do so on the day of purchase. This is to maintain quality, which gradually diminishes the longer the meat is left uncooked. Whilst it is entirely feasible that meat can be frozen right up until the use by date, it is not recommended.

How to prepare meat for the freezer.

It is best to portion up meat before freezing. Otherwise, you could end up having to defrost four sirloin steaks when you only need two. It’s worth asking your friendly butcher if they will provide this service for you.

The portions should then be vacuum packed. The butcher can usually do this or, if you prefer to do it yourself, there are many inexpensive vacuum packing machines on the market. Alternatively, pack meat in resealable bags, squeezing out as much air as you can. Failing that, tightly wrap in food wrap.

What can I do about freezer burn?

Although freezer burn doesn’t look attractive, it’s harmless and is merely the result of meat being exposed to the air. This results in dehydration and oxidation. If you find it too unsightly, simply trim it off. To avoid the problem in future, ensure that all meat is tightly wrapped. Ask your butcher if they offer a vacuum packing service or buy yourself a domestic vacuum packing machine.

Why shouldn’t I freeze meat twice?

Maybe you defrosted some meat intending to cook it but had a change of plans. Maybe there was a power cut and the contents of the freezer thawed out. Whatever the reason, freezing that meat again could prove harmful to your health. When you freeze meat, you make the bacteria dormant, but you don’t kill them. So, when you defrost meat, you reactivate the bacteria. Done properly, this is completely harmless, but the bacteria could grow. This means that if you refreeze the meat, you are also freezing a greater population of bacteria.

What is the proper way to defrost meat?

Ideally meat should always be defrosted in the fridge, and the temperature of the fridge should be around 5 degrees centigrade. In most cases, 24 hours should be enough time, but it depends on the amount of meat. It is best to allow a typical joint of one to four kilos about two days. Anything bigger will need nearer four.

If you use the defrost function on your microwave, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely, and once defrosted, cook the meat immediately.

How long can I keep defrosted meat in the fridge?

Once fully defrosted, meat should be kept no longer than 24 hours.

How long can I keep meat frozen?

As long as your freezer temperature is set at minus 18 degrees centigrade, meat should keep for a long time. However, to ensure optimum quality, it is best consumed within three months of freezing.

Is it safe to freeze cooked meat?

It is perfectly safe to freeze and defrost meat that has been cooked. Just ensure that the meat is completely cool before transferring to a resealable bag or plastic container. Once defrosted, consume withing 24 hours.

Meat packs at Traymoor

At Traymoor, we supply a range of meat packs to suit different tastes and budgets. They are renowned for their quality and value, and offer exceptional variety including chicken breasts, sausages, steaks, pork chops, diced meats, lamb steaks, and more.

For steak fans, we offer a sizzling steak lovers pack filled with sirloin steaks, fillet steaks, ribeye steaks, rump steaks and T-bone steaks.

Alternatively, take a look at our wide selection of restaurant-quality meats and choose exactly the items you want. Once we receive your order, our master butchers will get to work, and your meat will be delivered next day (not Sunday) in one of our refrigerated vehicles. We deliver across Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and London (North & East).

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How to marinate meat and why

Raw steak with rosemary, salt, and peppercorns

Why would you marinate meat when, for many, good meat, simply grilled or roasted, is something akin to perfection? Unadorned by additional flavours, the pure taste of the meat is the star of the show. So, why would anyone want to invite a marinade to the party?

Marinate for tenderness

Certain cuts like fillet steak don’t need marinating. They are perfectly tender and need little more than a quick sizzle in the frying pan. But if you like the more robust flavour of, for example, a ribeye steak, you may find that your appreciation increases when you tenderise it. Marinating a steak for tenderness means soaking it in an acidic liquid such as lemon juice, wine, or vinegar. You leave it for a minimum of 2 hours, but no more than 24. The acid breaks down the tougher proteins making the meat incredibly succulent.

Marinate for flavour

Besides the acid, it’s a good idea to use your marinade to add complexity of flavour. Garlic and rosemary are strong allies to steak. If you like olive oil, it goes great a steak marinade. A pinch of salt will enhance the flavour, and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard will give another punch.

Marinade recipe

There’s no great secret to the perfect marinade. Play around with ingredients until you find something you really love. A bit of sugar helps make a great crust. Soy sauce, papaya, Worcestershire sauce, honey, paprika, and too many other ingredients to mention are all worth consideration. To get you started, we provide an example of a marinade below.


  • 250 ml red wine
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • Half a red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 steaks (ribeye, rump, or sirloin will work well)



  1. Combine all ingredients apart from the steaks in a jug or bowl.
  2. Place steaks in a resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade.
  3. Squeeze the air of the bag and seal.
  4. Massage the steaks to ensure they are covered in the marinade.
  5. Marinate meat for around eight hours in the refrigerator.
  6. Remove steaks from bag and cook as desired.


Bonus tip: Once steaks are cooked, remove from the pan and while they rest, add a glass of red wine to the pan and deglaze to make a delicious sauce to pour over the steaks.

Yoghurt marinade

Traditional marinades as described above can be a little harsh on certain meats like chicken and lamb, and can actually make the meat rubbery. That’s where plain natural yoghurt comes in. Yoghurt tenderises meat in a different way, and is perfect for grilled chicken or lamb. Simply add the flavours you want. Garlic, cumin, paprika, and lemongrass all work well. Marinate the meat in the yoghurt for around 12 hours, and cook as normal. The yoghurt will form a crisp and tasty crust.

Tell us about your marinade

Do you have a favourite marinade or method of marinating meat? We’d love to hear from you. Are there any cooking tips, recipes, or articles you’d like us to publish? You can leave your feedback on Facebook, Instagram or via email.

Traymoor, your online butcher

Through our online butcher’s shop, Traymoor delivers restaurant-quality meat across Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and London (North & East).  We offer everything from roasting joints to steaks, chickens, speciality sausages, lamb chops, burgers, stewing steak and more. For great value, take a look at our excellent meat packs.

Traymoor sources only the highest quality produce from approved suppliers with full product traceability. For that reason, we are proud members of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society and the Scotch Beef Club.

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