You know that feeling when you taste that perfectly cooked filet mignon? The juices are flavorful, the tender meat seems to almost melt in your mouth, and if you’re like me, an unintentional “mmmmm!” escapes from your lips.
Unfortunately, those experiences used to be few and far in between. Even when I purchased what I thought was high quality meat from the grocery store, anything I prepared ended up tasting bland and much drier than I would like. And this isn’t about my cooking skills, because I have cooked some pretty damn delicious meat in my life.
At the end of the day, it comes to where you get your meat and how it is stored.
This is why I decided to try out Butcher Box, a subscription meat delivery service that brings fresh, flavorful, grass-fed meats straight to your door.
I was tired of spending money on meat that really just didn’t do it for me. I also like to buy meat in bulk and freeze it, and without vacuum-sealing, most of that meat is prone to freezer burn. Butcher Box seemed like a smart, hassle-free way to get fresh and flavorful meat.
I’m also all for customer loyalty freebies, and Butcher Box has a doozy of one — free ground beef for life — more on that later.
I didn’t just feel good about the promised quality of the meat, either — knowing that Butcher Box’s beef is grass-fed and grass-finished made me feel confident in starting the service.
What’s grass-finished, you ask?
It means that the cow has been fed grass its entire life, according to Butcher Box’s blog roam. Many companies have “grass-fed, grain-finished,” beef, which just means their cattle ate some grass as calves and then were fattened up with grain.
Several studies have shown that cattle whose diets primary consist of grains or corn do not have as high of a nutritional value as their grass-fed, grass-finished counterparts.
And it tastes better, too.
If you have a refined palette and like bold flavors, you should be getting grass-fed and -finished meats. Tons of folks have conducted very strict and controlled taste tests–like the people over at Serious Eats–and time after time, grass-fed beats out even the highest quality grain-fed or -finished meats.
Grass-fed cattle also boast a lot of other nutrients that lower quality beef does not.
We’ve all heard how important getting our Omega-3’s is. This fatty acid has such a wide range of health benefits that it kind of blows my mind. According to Healthline, Omega-3’s can help with everything from anxiety and depression to improving joint and bone health.
And guess what’s chock-full of Omega-3’s? Grass-fed, grass-finished meat.
If you follow the Keto diet, you might already know that grass-fed meats have higher amounts of Omega-3’s. But did you know they have another fatty acid that helps build lean muscle?
It’s called Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and it’s a powerhouse.
According to an article from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid helps break down fats in the body.
The study also suggests Conjugated Linoleic Acid has “benefic actions on glycemic profile,” which suggests it could be beneficial for folks with diabetes. Who knew such delicious food could actually be so healthy?
While I don’t have any overarching health ailments, I know that prevention is the best measure — and that eating a diet high in protein and nutritious fatty acids like Omega-3 and -6 can help keep me healthy.
Butcher Box starts at $129 a month. This basic package includes 7-10 pounds of beef, chicken, pork, and bacon on a monthly basis. I did some quick math to see how much that would break down per meal.
The American Heart Association’s suggested weekly servings from poultry, meat, and eggs is 8-9 servings. Meat servings are generally around 3 ounces, or the size of your palm. So, if you are getting the minimum of 7 pounds (or 112 ounces), that is a whopping 37 servings; even at top weekly suggested servings, you would just be eating 36 servings.
But how do you eat all that meat in a month, then?
That’s the beauty of Butcher Box. Your subscription meat box comes vacuum-sealed and on dry ice, so you just pop them in the freezer once they are delivered. Meat can keep for about four months in the freezer, according to the USDA. And unlike the chicken thighs I popped in a gallon Ziploc bag and put in the freezer, Butcher Box’s meat is practically impervious to freezer burn or flavor loss. The fact that they vacuum seal is truly a game-changer.
And if you only want certain types of meat — like just beef and chicken or a mixed box of beef, pork, and chicken — you can customize that, too.
This is a part about Butcher Box that I truly enjoy — you can customize it to fit your dietary (and taste!) needs. I opted for the mixed box, mostly because I wanted to be able to test out all the wares.
You can also switch up your size or meat preferences from month to month. Again, the highly customizable aspect of Butcher Box is what makes it a (prime) cut above the rest.
Butcher Box’s Optional Add-Ons make it even more personalized.
This got me good. How could I say no to wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon or grass-fed bacon? You can also choose to add on ground beef or breakfast sausage, if you choose. These are also vacuum-sealed, locking in the flavor.
Remember that customer loyalty perk I talked about? It’s free ground beef for life.
Yes, you read that correctly. If you sign up for Butcher Box before September 30, 2019, you can get two pounds of free ground beef with every Butcher Box delivery for life.
As long as you are getting a Butcher Box, you get two free pounds of ground beef on the regular.
Imagine all of the tacos, burgers, and flavorful meat casseroles you can make with that!
If you include meat in your diet in any capacity — even just once a week — the Butcher Box is worth it.
You can set up your first Butcher Box delivery (and your free two pounds of beef) here. Make sure to sign up before September 30, though, if you want to get in on this deal!