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You know that real food is important to me, especially when it comes to animal products. I always recommend choosing responsibly raised, grassfed beef whenever possible (and I’m fortunate that I can make that choice for myself and my family).
While grassfed beef is becoming more prevalent these days, I was shocked to learn that despite all the market pressure that the real food community is creating, only 1-3% of the cattle produced in the United States are raised this way!
This means that a huge proportion of the beef sold in our country is derived from cattle that lived their lives in unnatural circumstances; at worst, in crowded feedlots, eating unnatural diets of corn and soy. It’s like a bad breakfast cereal, all day every day. (Side note – did you know the margarine industry is partially responsible for the feedlot industry? I wrote a ton about this in my book Eat the Yolks.)
Feedlot conditions are not only bad for their health, it’s also not so good for ours.
And if we can make the choice to eat something better, why not do it? In doing so, we support producers and companies who are doin’ it right, and we continue to apply that consumer pressure to the market to force some change.
100% grassfed beef comes from cattle that only eat grass or hay their entire lives – their natural, intended diet. (It’s how we’re raising our cows at #flyoverfarmstead.)
When cattle are able to range free on pasture, their quality of life is as close to what nature intended as possible. They aren’t pumped up with unnecessary antibiotics or hormones. They’re less stressed and happier, which leads to tastier beef.
Their meat is healthier for us, too – more conjugated linoleic acid (a super interesting and health-promoting substance) and a better ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fats.
And really, they only have one bad day on the farm.
All that said…
I totally understand that the cost of high quality meat can be steep, and for many people, it’s flat-out difficult to find.
That’s where ButcherBox comes in. They are doing something REALLY fun, innovative, and worthwhile, and I’m SO excited to support them.
Whether you’re unable to find great meat locally, OR you’ve got easy access to properly-raised meats already but just want a bit of variety delivered to your door (or heck, if you just want to try a sampling of properly-raised meat without literally having to buy the whole cow), ButcherBox is SUCH a great option.
They curate an 8-to-11 pound mix of grass-fed beef, heritage breed pork, and free range organic chicken raised by trusted farmers, and they deliver it straight to your door.
That’s enough for up to 25 portions, at about $6/meal – a steal compared to shopping at Whole Paycheck and other big-box sources.
A ButcherBox won’t overwhelm your freezer (not everyone has room for half a cow), and it will provide amazing, delicious, fun, low-maintenance, healthful variety.
There’s a reason they’re a huge new favorite in the real food community!
ButcherBox is a subscription service, but you choose how often to have your box delivered: monthly, every other month, every 3 months…whatever works for you and your family. You can cancel at any time.
You’ll also receive recipe cards in your delivery to help make meal planning simple.
(Those recipe cards are KEY…because, if you’re like me, you need ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS, every time.)
The convenience factor is through the roof, the taste is on point, and the customer support is fantastic.
Last week I shared some tasty caramelized onion burgers using ground beef from our delivery on Instagram. Soooo good. (You can find the full recipe in Fed & Fit by my friend Cassy Joy Garcia).
UPDATE 5/15: While the free burger offer has expired, ButcherBox is offering the Real Food Liz community FREE uncured sugar-free bacon with your first order!
Oh, and shipping is always free.
In addition to that delicious bacon, you’ll get a month’s worth of premium cuts like:
- top sirloin
- AMAZING uncured sugar free bacon
- pork tenderloin
- and more to get GRILLING SEASON started off right!
Stocking up the freezer for the month without having to leave the house is SUCH a win.
So get your box free bacon – and let me know what you think of you first box.
ButcherBox is 100% Liz-Approved (and remember, you can try it once and cancel if you don’t love it. But I know you’ll love it.)
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