At the start of the year, I signed up for a grass fed beef delivery service. Once a month (or bi-monthly or every 3 months according to your plan), I get a delivery of grass fed beef and free range organic chicken. It comes in a box with dry ice that keeps it frozen for 72 hours.
I’m always resistant to the new trend, and initially thought that grass-fed beef was a scheme by fancy stores to convince me to buy meat at twice the price per poundage because it was better for me. I’m still not 100% behind the claim, but once, when it was on sale, I bought grass-fed beef and everybody in my family, without knowing I’d changed everything, commented on how good the meat was that I served that night.
A day or so after I cooked the grass-fed beef, something came across my desk advertising this service called ButcherBox that delivers variations of grass-fed beef, Heritage pork, and organic free-range chicken to your door on a regular basis. Before each delivery, you can cancel it or change your program or delay delivery, so I figured there was nothing to lose by getting the first delivery. And the first order came with a “free” package of uncured sugar free bacon.
And the price is reasonable. Really. Nothing like what you pay in Whole Foods.
So far, we’ve tried the ground beef and the flat iron steaks. So far, I’m impressed by the quality of the meat.
I’m also impressed by the fact that Butcherbox sent, along with my delivery, a few recipes for the types of beef in my box. And on the flip side of the card with the recipe is a picture of a cow, showing the location from which the cut of beef came as well as a profile of the cut of meat. It also provides instructions for thawing and basic preparation.
Another unexpected benefit. The individual boxes in which the separate cuts of beef come are sturdy and useful beyond their beef- carrying purposes. I’m not exactly sure how I will use them, but I couldn’t bear to throw them away or recycle them. I’m certain there is something I can store in them.
The big foam box that contained all the smaller sturdy boxes full of meat is also a keeper. Again, not sure how I’ll use it, but it is so perfectly shaped for some sort of storage.
Not everyone will get excited about the boxes (I’m sort of in love with them), but the beef, so far, has proven to be excellent. And I made two recipes, which turned out quite well. Tonight, my daughter and I ate coffee-marinated flat iron steaks with our salads. Delicious.
If you want to give Butcher box a try, here’s the link to their website (link here.)
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