Life doesn't really work that way anymore. At least not for me or anyone I know. I've been buying grocery store meat without regard for it's previously frozen state for a long time. It's not easy to find truly grassfed beef without hormones or antibiotics. But that's where Plaid Cow Society comes in.
You can see the full list here. My packages say these were packed on the 16th and my meat showed up on the 18th. That's pretty fresh.
The Cost: $129/month per shipment
What You Get: You'll receive 16 meals in 12 cuts for a total of 6-7 pounds of fresh, never frozen, grassfed and finished, free-range, hormone free beef. It's what's for dinner.
Here's the important bits:
-Grassfed and Finished
-Raised and Butchered in State
For those who are curious about the organic state of the beef, it hasn't been certified. That doesn't mean it isn't, it means that this is a small company without resources currently to fund official certification. I expect it will happen sooner or later.
Based on the website, the cuts can even include ribeye and filet mignon on occasion. Now THAT makes it really worth it. It seems like this is about $10 per cut. Their website advertises it as low as $8.75 per meal which is probably true because the ground beef serves four and some of the cuts are big enough to share. My guess is that it probably all evens out in the end and you'll be getting a better price average for what you're eating than you would at Whole Foods. You just have to be willing to be surprised with every box. :)
VERDICT: I will say that with just my husband and I, this was a LOT of meat and I had to freeze some. I love meat but there's a limit when it comes to eating it every single day. I think of all the meat we got the only cut we didn't care for was the tri-tip. Too tough but that's just what it is. I should have prepared it differently and that would have helped. I am very curious to see the kinds of cuts that appear most often. I would buy extra ground beef if I could. The cuts of meat depend on what's available from the individual ranchers. I'm not sure if that means even each person may get a different balance of items or what.
One thing I want to mention is that the Freeze By date on the packaging was ten days after I received the box. That's a long time and I was skeptical that it would last that long. It did. In fact, it lasted well over that date. I didn't put the extras into the freezer until day 15. Even at that point, the meat still smelled great. When unfrozen later, it was absolutely fine. So it lasts a LOT longer than anything I've ever purchased at the grocery store.
Honestly, I have to say that the biggest difference we noticed in this grassfed beef compared to what we normally eat is the leaness. This meat is very lean. I love that but my husband did not. He likes a marbled meat, especially with steaks. Otherwise, it tastes like meat. The benefits are mostly internal. Grassfed beef has higher levels of Omega 3's, vitamin E and CLA's which are good for heart health and may protect against cancer. In that respect, grassfed wins.
If you would like to sign up for Plaid Cow Society, you can do that here. If you're quick, take advantage of their 20% off pre-order promotion! Click the orange button near the top of the page, plug in your email address and zip code and you're off! UPDATE: It looks like you now can get 30% off! (10/11/16).
Currently (and sadly) they are only shipping on the West Coast. They're based in California so CA, AR, NV, OR, WA, UT, CO, ID are able to subscribe. If you are NOT on that list and you want to be, go HERE, scroll down to the bottom and tell them! I do think they are hoping to roll out nationwide by the end of October but we'll see.
What do you think of this program? Do you think this is a good way to get grassfed beef? Worth it?
*this box was sent complimentary for review purposes. all opinions are mine. i have a lot of them so I don't skimp when doling them out.