BLUEFIN TUNA - CHUTORO SAKU BLOCK

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FUENTES - WILD-CAUGHT - FARM-RAISED BLUEFIN TUNA.

SASHIMI GRADE* AAA #01

Bluefin tuna is a delicacy appreciated worldwide for its outstanding culinary and nutritional properties. Only a few products are in themselves able to make all the difference in the kitchen, and bluefin tuna is one example: an outstanding ingredient worthy of the utmost care and respect.

Our Bluefin Tuna comes from FUENTES - the world leader in bluefin tuna production, for over 30 years their bluefin tuna has been the first choice on the most demanding market: Japan. Fuentes provide the very finest bluefin tuna, maintaining all its taste and texture intact, with exactly the right level of fattiness and full guarantees in terms of health and respect for the species and its habitat.

Fuentes are the world leader in pioneering traceability process enables individual identification and accreditation of every single tuna and its parts. For each piece of Bluefin tuna that they sell, Fuentes has a full record of Microbiological analysis and fat content of the tuna and can trace the product all the way back to the sea. 

Fuentes Bluefin tuna is caught using the 'purse-seine technique, a highly sustainable fishing method designed for the non-capture of smaller fish. It also allows for the reproductive activity of the tunas even after their capture. Fishing quotas are allocated by ICCAT, a worldwide regulatory authority. Furthermore, a good portion of the generated income from the tuna is used to fund scientific research projects that directly support the sustainability of this prized species.

Bluefin tuna has for centuries been a notable feature of the Mediterranean diet, thanks to its numerous health-giving properties. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of its key features. It is also rich in minerals such as selenium, phosphorus and magnesium, and provides a range of vitamins (A, B, B3, B9, B12 and D), as well as being an outstanding source of high biological value protein.

Our commitment is to guarantee a supply of bluefin tuna to our customers, offering the utmost quality and full guarantees in terms of food safety and respect for the species and its habitat. 

*SASHIMI Grade refers only that we the seller has judged this product safe to eat raw. 

LOIN - The Prime Cut Par Excellence

Thanks to its large size, clean texture and versatility, the loin is the most commonly used cut of tuna. We divide the loin into Akami and Chutoro.

Akami is the part next to the dorsal fin, with an intense red colour and a lower level of fat. It is better for raw preparations such as tartar and nigiri.

Chutoro is the part next to the skin, with a more pinkish colour graduating to deep red, because of the higher level of fattiness at one end. 

The loin is perfect for serving raw. As sashimi, sushi, tartar, ceviche or simply grilled or barbecued, the result is outstanding.

Otoro is the most prized and comes from the belly which is the fattiest part of the tuna, The most legendary cut of tuna, and one of the most highly prized by lovers of fine cuisine. With a pinkish colour and silky, highly delicate texture, the belly, known as “Otoro” is to be found at the base of the lower loin and contains the highest level of fat.

The undisputed star of dishes served raw, such as sushi, tartar and sashimi, although its versatility also allows it to shine in other forms, such as grilled, barbecued or in a range of casseroles. Some chefs cook it to create a striking roasted crust.

Buying & Preparation. We personally inspect each Bluefin tuna as a whole fish before buying, to guarantee freshness, grade and colour of the flesh. Whole tunas are air freighted to London each week. We watch as the tuna is butchered into its main parts then select only the premium parts of the belly and the loin. 

Further preparation is done by our in-house tuna specialist. Working in the coldest hour before dawn, as not to raise the temperature of the prized flesh, each cut and slice is made by the finest Japanese steel, each piece of tuna is carefully handled and guaranteed for exquisite quality.

Colour and storage. Deep red to light pink.

To offer only the very best quality tuna, once cut, we blast freeze the tuna to -30°c which takes a matter of minutes. This process is essential to optimise the freshness of the meat, as fresh tuna flesh deteriorates very quickly and is never as good after a few days of cutting.

Please be wary of slowly frozen tuna, as slow freezing allows ice crystals to form that makes the flesh watery as the protein breaks down.

The tuna is then transferred to storage at -50°c to preserve the colour and freshness of the fish and ensure no deterioration of the flesh takes place over time. This process lightens the colour of the fish dramatically but it is only temporary. When the flesh defrosts it will return to its original colour. 

Defrosting and home storage. Your tuna will arrive in an insulated pouch in addition to insulated packaging. Inside each pouch is a -45°c ice pack, the safer equivalent to dry ice. For home storage, remove the tuna from the pouch and place it in the freezer for a period, no longer than three months.

It is better to defrost the fish as quickly as possible shortly before you need to use it. This is achieved by removing the tuna from the insulted bag and placing the sealed vacuum pouch with the tuna inside, in a bowl of cold water for approximately 20 minutes.

 * When referring to ± weights you will not receive a size increment greater than 25g under the listed weight. 

The image is of a 500g Bluefin Tuna Chutoro Saku Block, Please note block shapes vary as does the colour of tuna when frozen.

COURIER DELIVERY (Tuesday-Saturday)

SHIPPING RATES (UK MAINLAND ONLY)

Please ensure you select the correct shipping option at the checkout. 

EXPRESS BY END OF DAY (Tues-Sat)
£8.50
EXPRESS BY 10.30AM  (Tues-Fri) £18.50
EXPRESS BY 12PM (Tues-Fri)
£12.50
SATURDAY BY 12 NOON
£24.50

 

DELIVERY DATE SELECTION

All orders received before 2pm can be dispatched the same day (Mon-Fri), unless a specific future date is selected using the drop down calendar on the basket page of our website. 

For future date deliveries select the Express delivery option that best suits your needs, End of Day. Pre-12pm or Pre-10.30am. We deliver Tuesday through until Saturday, we do not deliver on Sunday.

EXPRESS DELIVERY

All of our parcels are shipped on an express next working day service as standard, on the day before you have selected to receive it, usually with DPD or DHL. In accordance with all UK courier terms and conditions it is not guaranteed that your parcel will arrive the next day. Please consider this when planning for an event or party whereby goods absolutely have to be delivered on time. 

If your parcel is time sensitive then please use the EXPRESS BY 10.30 AM or EXPRESS BY 12 PM option.

CHANGES TO YOUR DELIVERY 

Any attempt to change your delivery address or divert your parcel once it has been despatched is done so at your own risk.  Please make sure all delivery information is correct when placing your order.  We cannot be liable for loss or delay of parcels whereby the customer has requested to change the delivery address whilst their order is in transit, this includes the request made to deliver to a pick up shop.  There can be a minimum of a 24 hour delay when choosing to divert your parcel to a DPD pick-up shop so choosing this option or 'leave in a safe place' is done at your own risk.  We cannot be liable for theft or spoilage of goods whereby you were not available to personally receive them on the day you requested on the calendar.

SATURDAY DELIVERY

If you have selected Saturday as a delivery date please be aware that over the weekends we have no access to courier phone or email support so it is essential that you provide any 'additional delivery information' in the "notes" section when placing your order so you parcel is successfully delivered.

Saturday delivery is available for UK mainland only.

LOCAL PICK UP

You can collect your order from our warehouse between 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday. Simply select the PICK UP option after the basket page of our website at the checkout. Your order can be ready to collect within 30 minutes. Please feel free to call us to arrange if the date you selected on the basket page refers to courier delivery (Next Day). +44 (0) 1732 757 770

PACKAGING

For the shipping fresh and frozen goods we use high quality mixed recyclable insulated packaging to keep your products perfect through the courier network.

To keep frozen goods at the correct temperature we use a safe alternative to dry ice.  These gel packs freeze to a temperature of -45° and stay frozen for an extended period of time. Completely food safe and fully recyclable/reusable.

All ingredients that we sell are hand selected choosing from the best products available. Our fresh meat, fruit and vegetables are vacuum packed in fully recyclable bags to protect them during transit and also to keep them fresher for longer once you receive them. 

PACKAGING

For the shipping of fresh and frozen goods we use high quality mixed recyclable insulated packaging to keep your products perfect through the courier network.

To keep frozen goods at the correct temperature we use a safe alternative to dry ice.  These gel packs freeze to a temperature of -45° and stay frozen for an extended period of time. Completely food safe and fully recyclable/reusable.

FROZEN PRODUCTS

The vast majority of shipments arrive frozen but we cannot guarantee this.  In the event that your order has defrosted it should still be at a very low temperature when you receive it and therefore fine to put in your freezer.  Refreezing is only unsafe if the product has reached 8°c. It is worth mentioning that supermarkets routinely sell defrosted food as "fresh", with the advice that it may be frozen when you get home.

All frozen products arrive in extremely high quality, fully insulated packaging.

FRESH TRUFFLES

All fresh truffles are sent in a foil resealable pack with an absorbent paper.  This is suitable for storing in your fridge.  If storing truffles for more than a few days we recommend wrapping them in paper towel or using a Tuberpac.  Fresh truffles are always best consumed as soon as possible.

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