Quaker Creek is by far one of our favorite stores/resturants. They provide the best quality cuts of meat in all of Orange County. At Quaker Creek you can order almost any cut of meat you are looking for and if they do not have they will order it for you. The store is located in the heart of of the famed Black Dirt Region in Goshen, NY. As we have mentioned before the Black Dirt is named for it's noticeably deep black soil, which is extremely fertile. Driving down Pulaski Highway, past the vast black dirt fields you will come upon a small store front. This is Quaker Creek, and if you are going too fast not only will you get a speeding ticket but you might just miss the store completely.
We first found out about Quaker Creek years ago and ever since we have been in love with them. This family owned business is churning out quality, local, homemade products and if our opinion is not enough, maybe Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain can change your mind. Yes, both of these culinary stars have at one time or another visited Quaker Creek. Flay visited the area well before he was an Iron Chef or throwing down all around the country. He was filming for his show FoodNation with Bobby Flay at the time. Anthony Bourdain on the other hand visited more recently and when he is not airing his dislike for FoodNetwork, he can be seen filming his show No Reservations for the Travel Channel. In this episode Bourdain was highlighting some of the best culinary spots in the Hudson Valley and ended up at Quaker Creek.
It should be no surprise that Quaker Creek has received notoriety from some of the biggest names in the culinary world, if you sell quality products people will find out. As we stated before Quaker Creek is a full service butcher shop offering only the best quality cuts of meat any where. They also handcraft the best sausages and hot dogs around. Their sausages include Kielbasa, Bratwurst, Chorizo, Audouoille, and numerous Italian styles Sausages. The hot dogs are made with natural casing which give them the coveted "snap" that we crave and as a result we refer to them as snappers. They are linking up your classic hot dogs daily, but also offer specialty dogs like Jalapeno Cheddar. If that was not enough they even make their own beef jerky. If you have never had homemade beef jerky give it a try, it it much better than anything Sasquatch is eating. Quaker Creek also makes their own cold cuts and stays true to their Polish heritage with their handcrafted Perogies.
What We Bought:
Above are the Jalapeno Cheddar Hot Dogs and in the background is the Muscle Jerky and your classic Snappers
Here is an up close look at the Muscle Jerky which offers up the perfect combination of flavor and chew to the meat.
This right here is our pride and joy and it may even look a bit familiar, it is a fresh pork belly slab. We ordered this bad boy for our Porchetta Recipe (click Here see). We learned the hard way that pork products should always be ordered from Quaker Creek. They sell only the best quality pigs which can not always be said for our local grocery stores. You can tell the quality when working with pork belly or pork shoulders. Often times lesser quality pork has a distinct aroma that suggest the pigs were not in the best living conditions. This scent tends to stick in the fat and skin of the pigs, it by no means suggests that the meat is bad to eat, but just a small reminder that there are better products on the market.
Any time we have ordered from Quaker Creek the pork has no smell what so ever. It is a just a quality, clean slab of pork that may cost a bit more but in the end is worth it for both the flavor and piece of mind. We have a huge bbq each summer and will only order our pork shoulders for our pulled pork from Quaker Creek. These shoulders are choice cuts that always seem to have the best natural flavors. This was our first time ordering pork belly from them but it most certainly will not be the last. The meat was super fresh and very clean. It made our Porchetta sandwiches by far one of the best things we have made in a long time.
What We Ate:
We kept this a bit of a secret, but not only is Quaker Creek a full service butcher shop but they also serve a revolving menu of house made sandwiches and platters. We often like to highlight these menus but Quaker Creek changes their daily, so you will have to call up or just take a chance to see what is on the menu.
Polish Lunch Platter - with stuffed cabbage, kielbasa & sauerkraut and cheese perogies.
Cheese Perogies with local onions
Kielbasa with sauerkraut
What We Cooked:
Regular & Jalapeno Cheddar Hot Dogs
The Polish Platter was exactly the type of homemade cooking you would expect to find from any Polish Grandmother. Everything was made with that hint of love that you can only get from homemade food. The stuffed cabbage was full of savory ground beef and spices wrapped up and steamed in cabbage. It was then topped with this naturally sweet tomato sauce that is produced from local tomatoes. It was a perfect combination of savory meat and sweet acidity from the tomatoes. It was fork tender and full of flavor.
The perogies looked like they were going to be very heavy but were surprisingly light. The dough was still soft but had that perfect crunch that comes from being seared on the flat top. They were filled with cottage cheese and topped with local black dirt onions. These perogies were like pillows of flavor, each bite had the light saltiness of the cheese and was complemented with the sweetness of the sautéd onions.
Then we tried the Kielbasa which is made in house. It was so flavorful and salty just as it should be. Topped with the sauerkraut and a bit of mustard, the kielbasa was a perfect bite of food. The mustard added a nice tang that complemented both the sauerkraut and the kielbasa. We could have eaten an entire plate of kielbasa. This platter was a great example of traditional polish cooking at it's best. Simple and fresh ingredients made with love.
The food we brought home was just as good. We grilled up both the regular and Jalapeno Cheddar hot dogs. The regular dogs have a classic hot dog flavor that is much fresher since they are hand made. They have the perfect snap and taste great with whatever toppings your heart desires. As much as we enjoy a classic hot dog, the Jalapeno Cheddar may actually be our favorite. Made with the same ingredients as the regular hot dogs, you will also find generous chunks of jalapenos and cheddar cheese. In fact if you look at the pictures above you can even see some of the cheddar oozing out of these dogs. The flavor is just so intense, you first get the hot dog and cheddar which work together very well. Then all of a sudden you get hit with the heat from the jalapenos. It is a great combination of ingredients and flavors, you do not even need to top these dogs with anything. We highly recommend both hot dog varieties for any day full of grilling.
Should or Should Not Eat:
Quaker Creek is a should eat for any time of the day. Whether you are looking to pick up a quality piece of meat for a special occasion or you want a homemade meal made with local ingredients. They are serving the area with the best products around while keeping their family heritage alive and well. Come for the meat, stay for the food and leave with a full stomach and maybe a hand full of the homemade jerky.
Quaker Creek Store
Goshen, NY: 767 Pulaski Highway > 845.258.3027