OUR SOURCING


PROTEINS


When we decided to open an Organic Restaurant we knew that sourcing proteins would be a challenge. It was a challenge we were up for, as this was one of the main reasons we opened. When Fran and I were on the road taking our kids to concerts a few summers ago, we were on a mission to find an eatery that had chicken for our girls that had NO HORMONES!! Was that too much to ask? Apparently yes, because we never did find one.. Thus, the grand opening of Organic Krush less than a year later. Listed below you will find a brief summary of the proteins we use in our restaurant.

Tuna~

We use a  canned ski jack tuna from a company called Wild Planet. Here are the important things to prioritize  when choosing canned tuna:

  • How was the tuna caught ?   Pole- caught  is the only acceptable manner of fishing as the nets drag in too much by product which then becomes waste.
  • is it the lowest mercury possible? Light tuna from skipjack tuna is lowest in mercury.
  • Is the can BPA-free? BPA is a preservative (as well as hormone- mimicking chemical ) that is often used to line cans of food (think soup, fish, stew, beans, tomato sauce). It is never a good idea to add BPA to our diets so we always choose BPA-free cans, which only certain companies offer.
Tuna~

We use a  canned ski jack tuna from a company called Wild Planet. Here are the important things to prioritize  when choosing canned tuna:

  • How was the tuna caught ?   Pole- caught  is the only acceptable manner of fishing as the nets drag in too much by product which then becomes waste.
  • is it the lowest mercury possible? Light tuna from skipjack tuna is lowest in mercury.
  • Is the can BPA-free? BPA is a preservative (as well as hormone- mimicking chemical ) that is often used to line cans of food (think soup, fish, stew, beans, tomato sauce). It is never a good idea to add BPA to our diets so we always choose BPA-free cans, which only certain companies offer.
Salmon~

We use an organic certified salmon from the lakes of Ireland. The company is called Clean Fish. 4 European agencies have certified the practices of this fishery.  Clean Fish cares about the environment, the sustainability of fish, and about clean eating.  This not a wild salmon, but the fish have plenty of room to swim in netted pens. We believe this company has the whole package going on and is a great source of clean salmon! Have you tried our salmon? It’s delicious and I find myself enjoying at least 3 times per week. It feels like an amazing protein choice!

More can be see here:

organic salmon

Shrimp~

We use shrimp from a wild caught, US shrimpery called Anna Marie Shrimp.

They harvest shrimp responsibly in clean waters in the gulf of Mexico. They use cutting edge technology and smarts to both catch their shrimp and flash freeze it so that customers receive the cleanest, most fresh shrimp possible. I have been ordering this shrimp to my home for several years now and I was so happy with the taste and process that Organic Krush uses this fishery as well.  If you peruse the Anna Marie website you will read that they have high expectations for themselves and the industry and they are leading the way in responsible shrimping. I hope to visit one day and will let you know when I do.

A quote from their site.

“The shrimp feed on natural foods in the estuaries with an influx of fresh water from where the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya rivers meet the Gulf of Mexico. It produces a brackish water that the shrimp grow in,” Nacio said. “They actually have a sweet flavor.”

Shrimp~

We use shrimp from a wild caught, US shrimpery called Anna Marie Shrimp.

They harvest shrimp responsibly in clean waters in the gulf of Mexico. They use cutting edge technology and smarts to both catch their shrimp and flash freeze it so that customers receive the cleanest, most fresh shrimp possible. I have been ordering this shrimp to my home for several years now and I was so happy with the taste and process that Organic Krush uses this fishery as well.  If you peruse the Anna Marie website you will read that they have high expectations for themselves and the industry and they are leading the way in responsible shrimping. I hope to visit one day and will let you know when I do.

A quote from their site.

“The shrimp feed on natural foods in the estuaries with an influx of fresh water from where the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya rivers meet the Gulf of Mexico. It produces a brackish water that the shrimp grow in,” Nacio said. “They actually have a sweet flavor.”

Chicken~

We use an organic certified chicken from a farm called Free Bird. We are thrilled with the taste and quality. Their motto is “marching to the beat of a different drumstick” and we really believe they are doing exactly that. They care about sustainability, composting, animal welfare, and of course, the highest level of organic care .. the diet of the birds is free from any GMO’s, the chickens roam and eat and drink at their own timing, and they live in pristine conditions. In partnering with Hain Celestial at our new cafe in Lake Success, I have seen photos from the HC employees who have field tripped to the Amish Country farms. I plan to visit as well, again stay tuned for photos.

Eggs~

Our eggs come from Certified humane, free-range, farms
in upstate New York

Here is an enlightening egg article:

How to choose eggs

Eggs~

Our eggs come from Certified humane, free-range, farms
in upstate New York

Here is an enlightening egg article:

How to choose eggs

Steak~

The grass-fed steak that we serve is from a small farm called Joyce Farms.  It is so delicious and so tender. The company explains their beef:  “Our Naked Beef is pure beef because it has nothing added EVER. They eat only their natural diet – grass, grazing contentedly on small farms in the most natural prairie environments. No hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticides, no preservatives, no animal by-products or artificial ingredients are added EVER. So when we say nothing added EVER, we mean just that. No ifs, and’s, or buts.”

KITCHEN ITEMS


There are a few items in our kitchen that are a work in progress to source organically OR the items do not exist as an organic option.

Here is our list:

We use two cooking oils:
Grapeseed Oil~

non GMO verified; (it can withstand high heat and not be compromised in flavor nutritional value)

Safflower Oil~

organic

Kosher Salt~

Kosher Salt

Gluten-Free Bread~

this is a bread made with millet, oats and flax; free of corn, soy, nuts and it is Vegan.

Artichokes~

GMO-free certified

Baking Soda~

a brand that is non processed (unike arm and hammer which is quite processed) and also free of aluminum.

Chipotle Chilis~

we are currently trying to source an organic variety for our hot sauce and our chipotle lime crema dressing. In the meantime, our chilis are not certified organic.

Coconut Spray~

used for our baked goods, we use a brand that uses organic coconuts and NO soy

Coconut Creamer~

used for coffees, this creamer uses organic coconuts and is non GMO certified but is not a 100% organic product

Coconut Water~

Harvest Bay Coconut Water is non-GMO certified and has no added sugars.


We will constantly update this page with the latest information, so stay tuned for all we know and are learning on a daily basis!