As part of the Low Carb Whole 30 challenge that’s been going on for 25 day now, I became a lot more interested in pursuing grassfed meat. I had a perception that it was expensive and not as tasty, but a friend turned me on to US Wellness Meats ‘s website, and I am now a fan.
You need to order a mininum of $75 but that includes S&H. They have excellent communication in regards to the shipping – I ship to my workplace and was worried it would arrive on the weekend. They provide plenty of control so you know when you are getting your order. The order was very well packed and insulated; all the products were still frozen even after sitting in my office all day in the box.
Here is what I ordered:
- Inside Skirt Steak
- Ground Lamb
- 75% Ground Beef – 1lb (x2)
- Bison Rib eye steak (x2)
- Bison Chorizo Sausage
- Beef Tallow, small pail
When I received my order, they had accidentally swapped out the sausage with buffalo patties. I emailed US Wellness Meats and in under 24 hours they credited me back the amount with a very sincere apology.
First Item – Bison Rib Eye: I did was grill up the bison rib eyes on my handy dandy cast iron grill pan (I live in an apartment so no grill for me). At first I thought they looked pretty small for 8oz, but halfway through eating the steak, I was super full. I was very surprised at how full I felt eating less than I normally do. I will admit to eating the entire steak (it was delicious) and had cooked up the second steak to eat the next night.
Second item – Ground Lamb: Holy moly, was this product delicious. I’m going to buy in bulk next time and freeze it. I LOVE LAMB, by the way. I originally was going to make a shephard’s pie, but I was tired and lazy when I got home from work. Made lamb burgers instead (just added some curry powder). Succulent and delicious. I also grilled these on the afore mentioned grill pan.
Third Item – Tallow: OH MY GOD GET THIS RIGHT NOW. Seriously. WOW. I remember reading that pastry chefs loved tallow (rendered beef fat) because it had no scent/taste and was a ‘pure fat’. I thought that odd, since my lard always had a yummy bacon scent. Nope – I sauteed all my vegetables in tallow for several nights in a row and they all had such a clean…vegetable…taste. Their delicious natural flavor was not masked at all by the cooking fat (unlike when you cook with coconut oil, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, etc). Wow. Wow wow wow. I have never had tallow before, so I am excited that it has been such a positive experience to have a lovely, grass fed cow tallow.Fourth item – Inside Skirt Steak: I never cooked with skirt steak before and after glancing at a few tips online, whipped up a Whole 30 compliant marinade and grilled it on the obviously well used grill pan. I loved it. Seriously. What is interesting is that the meat shrinks a bit while cooking. I will post a recipe for the marinade later this week. I would definitely order this again as well.
Tonight I will be making meatballs with the 75% ground beef. Or maybe a meat sauce. Either way, I’m excited. It’s impossible to get anything fattier than 85% meat unless you go to a butcher.
- Great communication
- Delicious selection
- Easy shipping and handling (no weird extra costs, all built in)
- The newsletter is really awesome, actually (discounts, good articles, updates)
- The lamb packaging was leaky and leaked blood all over my fridge, into parts I can’t reach to clean. I heartily recommend you place ground meat packaging into a zip lock bag. The vacuum sealed items had no problems.
- I am not a fan when companies have a domain name that is completely different than their business name – US Wellness Meats’ domain name is GrassLandBeef.com. Same with my friends over at LC Foods, with a domain name of HoldtheCarbs.com. Causes a little bit of confusion for me.
- Due to high demand, they are often out of certain products (such as the bacon). Their newsletters clearly specify what is back in stock, so keep an eye on the newsletters.
Overall, I am a fan and will definitely be ordering again.
Have you used their service? If so, what did you think? What products do you recommend or not recommend?