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Providing the Highest Quality Meat in Maine

Schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and individual and institutional consumers in Maine were looking for naturally-produced and hormone-free meat products. CMM heard this request, and applied good business principals aligned with specialized customers’ needs. With technical assistance from the food cryogenic division of Matheson, CMM commissioned its first cryogenic freezing facility in Gardiner in January of 2016. Everything from slaughtering to product freezing is carefully controlled and supervised to guarantee food safety, the humane handling of animals, and the best-tasting meat product available. Using sustainable criteria coupled with humane handling principles, CMM began to provide local grass-fed beef products exclusively from Maine farmers, and now includes those from other New England states.

Cryogenic Freezing

The meat products are frozen in a Matheson liquid nitrogen tunnel. The tunnel uses liquid nitrogen, which is a cryogenic fluid at -320º Fahrenheit produced from the air that we breathe. Cryogenic freezers operate at much colder temperatures compared to traditional freezers. This provides many benefits including:

  • Fully freeze hamburgers, sausage, steaks, and chops in 3-5 minutes.
  • Superior flavor and texture.
  • Highest level of food safety.
  • Less dehydration and elimination of “freezer burn”.
  • Elimination of “purge” upon thawing meat.
  • Ability to produce and deliver frozen meat products in the same day.

Cryogenic Freezing

The System

The cryogenic freezing system is the safest and most environmentally friendly freezing system available. The system used by CMM includes a liquid nitrogen storage vessel, cryogenic pipe, and a liquid nitrogen freeze tunnel. The Matheson Food Team designed the system based on CMM’s requirements. The meat products CMM will cryogenically freeze at their state-of-the-art facility in Gardiner includes:

  • Hamburgers
  • Sausage
  • Lamb chops
  • Steaks

Customers will enjoy the quality and flavor of New England meats without losing the nutrients inherent in the meat. If additional information is needed, please feel free to contact our company.