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My husband and I recently went through a bit of a major lifestyle change, where we went from living in our RV full-time for a few years to purchasing a beautiful “sticks n bricks” home. RV life was fun while we did it (I may just write a series about it down the road…) but we were both ready to put down roots and call one place home. Once we moved in, and got all our stuff out of storage, though, we quickly realized that we had so much more room than we’d had in our RV. Once upon a time, I had used Zaycon Foods as our main source of meats, but it was literally the week that we moved in that Zaycon shuttered its business, and I was left searching for a new source of reasonably priced, quality meats to be delivered to me (because, seriously, who has time to go to the grocery store these days?). Enter: Butcher Box!
Things to know about Butcher Box
I have to admit: I had been seeing tons of targetted ads for Butcher Box for about a year before I was ever ready to actually order from them. (RV fridge/freezer combos are tiny, y’all!). One of the key features of this service that really caught my eye is the fact that they use hormone-free grass-fed beef, heirloom-bred pork, and free-range chicken. When I was in my twenties & early thirties, this didn’t matter to me much to me, because I still had that “I am invincible” mindset. Now that I’m getting older, though, and seeing friends and family members’ health negatively affected due to “modern” practices in the meat industry, I am very much interested in eating as clean as possible.
How the Butcher Box subscription works
Butcher Box has a few different options available, dependant, upon subscriber needs.
Choose your size box
The Classic Box includes 24 meals, at an average of about $5.38/meal. The Family Box includes 48 meals, at an average of about $4.96/meal.
Choose your box contents
Butcher Box allows customers to choose from five different varieties of boxes. The first is a mixed box (my personal choice) of beef, chicken, and pork. The second includes only beef & pork. The third includes only beef & chicken. The fourth is totally beef. And the fifth option is a custom box of whatever the customer wants… Just want chicken? You got it! Want chicken and pork with no beef? It’s yours.
Choose your delivery duration
The final main choice with Butcher Box is deciding if you want your box delivered monthly or every other month. Easy peasy, right?!
What to expect on delivery day
I love that Butcher Box sends an email the day that the box ships, and lets you know what day to expect it to your door. It generally takes an average of 2-3 days for it to come, but never fear about the meat quality! Each of the meats is flash frozen and vacuum-sealed, then put in a thermal reusable bag that is zipped shut. (By the way, this bag is QUALITY and comes in super-handy around the house for other things… like picnics or keeping holiday foods warm/cold for traveling across town to Aunt Janet’s potluck-type shindig…). This bag is placed in a very well insulated cardboard box, and two pounds of dry ice is put in a plastic bag right next to the thermal bag. This ensures that your meats arrive at your doorstep frozen.
Butcher Box does recommend that you or someone brings your box in and put it away in the freezer right away, though, especially during these hot summer months, because the dry ice is only good for three days max. I’ve actually found that if I leave a big cooler outside my door with a post-it note to the Fed Ex driver to leave the Butcher Box in it (if I won’t be home until late) that they’ll do it with no question. I don’t know if that works with all Fed Ex drivers. Maybe they’re just nice to me because I’ve also left them ice-cold Gatorades on really hot days. I don’t know…
Each month, Butcher Box also offers a great monthly special, in addition to their already great prices. This last month I took advantage of this special and scored two pounds of grass-fed lean ground beef for $5. Seriously, you can’t beat that kind of deal. Next month (August 2018) the special is two pounds of boneless country style ribs for $9.95. You’d better believe I added that to my next box! Yum!
Butcher Box also offers recurring add-ons to each month’s box. These add-ons include things like a pound of breakfast sausage, bricks of ground beef, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and other more popular cuts of meat. I like this option, in case you know you’ll have guests and need a bit more meat to fill their tummies. I tend to get the pack of six burger patties, simply because it’s an easy dinner to get on the grill in a pinch.
Ready to try Butcher Box?
So, if all this has your mouth watering, and you’re ready to give Butcher Box a try, be sure to follow this link, and you will not only get started with the subscription service, but you’ll also receive two free pounds of ground beef for the life of your subscription ON ME! But this is a limited-time thing, so if you’re a ground beef aficionado, the time to make the jump is now. Oh, and comment below if you try them and let me know what you think!
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