By Nancy Hohbach, Correspondent
John and Shelly Tiefenthaler of Holstein have been well satisfied that the investment and time to expand their locker business has paid off for them and the community of Holstein. On May 24, 2004 the couple moved their business to the north edge of Holstein on the east side of Highway 59. The business has been in operation since 1940's.
The 4,700 foot building provides them with their own office space, a processing room, a sausage product room, a smoke house, a room (cook/cool) which holds cooked products while they cool down, a huge giant freezer space plus other space for a huge hanging coolers for beef carcasses, a slaughter room plus a large room for retail space. They still provide ample locker storage for individual customers.
According to Shelly, the retail portion of the business has picked up dramatically as folks are learning they may stop and select various meat products at a reasonable price.
"People are learning that it isn't just the farmer and hunters who can pick up their own meat but those who have never owned animals may select their favorite roasts, steaks or specialty meat products we have developed. We process all kinds of meat, except poultry, and wrap it according to the owners specifications. In addition we have meat for the public to select from," said Shelly.
On the board they have listed four of their new products developed under the Tiefenthaler name that are hot sellers: beef pizza patties with mozzarella cheese, maple sugar links, beef sticks with cheese and pork sticks with a honey flavor. All of these products have won them recognition competing with other lockers.
Shelly came up with the idea of their "no-mess" chili dogs but credits John for knowing how to technically get the job done. The duo is quite proud of their new products and how successful they are in competition with other lockers. They won $1,000 prize, sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council, to get the top award with their chili dog.
"The concept for the No-Mess" chili dog came to me in a dream, a tasty large beef dog with flavor but without the dripping mess of a traditional chili dog. It took us seven months to develop the correct amount of ground beef, seasonings, chili beans and cheddar cheese chunks that would melt only at high temperatures," smiled Shelly.
With each development of new products, Tiefenthalers have grown their business. They take their new products out for the public to sample (recently they were at Fareway in Cherokee) which builds their sales. You will also find their products at Fareway in Storm Lake, and Sioux City. They also are on sale at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.
Tiefenthaler Quality Meats are made with pride at the Food Locker Service which is a small family business dedicated to quality and service. They stand out because they give attention to flavor and quality that other companies can't compete with.
Their skinless brats are another favorite as is their dried beef, bacon and ham.
This year in they came away as the grand champions in the bone-in ham, ring bologna, summer sausage and received the reserved champion in the dried beef.
They also sell sides or quarters of beef that have been raised by local beef producers which is then cut to your specifications. The beef is dry aged for two weeks before processing to increase tenderness and flavor.
Another big plus for the locker is having a HACCP certified inspector from the Iowa Department of Agriculture. This ensures the business adheres to the strict guidelines for sanitation procedures and provide the highest quality of processing for their customers.
Many deer hunters have found their way to Tiefenthalers as their recipes have delighted their taste buds with their specialty recipes and are vacuumed packaged to ensure freshness. Regular customers are pleased with their summer sausage, jerky, deer sticks, skinless bratwurst and many more. New this year is deer bacon.
The couple is always pleased to visit with their customers and will provide any answers about meat and preparation. Shelly has been active in the business the last few years and helps with bookkeeping and selling at their new location.