Yep--we got our year supply of organic, free-run meat last night. And holy crap-it's a lot of meat!
That freezer in the first pic--that's a 10 cubic foot freezer, and it's STUFFED. Then the second pic is our kitchen freezer and with the exception of a couple M&M supplies, some frozen pizzas and some veg, it also STUFFED with the meat. And the third pic is the boxes of the meat that wouldn't fit, so I unpacked the boxes and stuffed the individual meats anywhere they would fit.
When we first moved into our new house, my husband was home one day and a door to door meat salesman came a knockin'. I know-I thought it was super weird too. Anyways, they were offering local, organic, free-run meat from Ontario-based farmers/ranchers. Hubs doesn't really care where his meat comes from, but he knows I do, so he told the salesperson that, sure, we'd like to have someone come by when we're both home with a free sample and to talk meat.
Don't worry, it's definitely as weird as it sounds.
So on Valentine's Day, amidst the dust and chaos that was installing hardwood, a rep came by and we talked meat. What our shopping habits were, cooking habits, meal planning habits, etc. She left with a void cheque and a credit card number and a promise of much meat to come. I have to admit I was a little skeptical.
Anyways, last week we tried their sample, and it really was delicious. Hubs commented that, "it tastes like meat should taste". Obvious, yes, but it really did taste different. And better.
Anyways, the company we ordered it from is Nutrafarms and the idea that for the next year + at least, we'll consciously be minimizing the hormones, chemicals and additives ingested is a good feeling. Plus when I think about the conditions the animals are in for a lot of mass-produced meat, poultry, eggs & dairy it makes me really not want to eat them. (I've meantioned I'm a suck, right?)
Some of the studies I've read are kinda worrisome, and this seems at least like a step towards a solution. (i.e. ever wonder why girls these days are hitting puberty earlier and getting more endowed than other generations---they pump craploads of estrogen into chickens so the bonelss, skinless chicken breasts we all eat like hotcakes are more appealing and efficient.) Anyways, I don't want to get all soap-boxy, but there you have it. Short of becoming a vegetarian, which I don't think I could, I'm happy with our decision.
Curious what the smallest package of meat one can get includes?
5lb striploin steaks
5lb sirloin steaks
15lb T-bone steaks
30lb extra lean ground beef
2 x sirloin tip roast
30 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
15lb ground chicken
15lb ground turkey
15lb pork loin chops
5lb sliced bacon
5lb ground pork
5lb lean ground pork
5lb mild italian sausages
5lb hot italian sausages
4 family-sized lasagnas
4 family-sized shepherds pie
4 family-sized chili
And a bunch of cans of vegetables
That's our customized package, though, and we're going to swap out some of the above items for others (round roasts, shrimp & scallops, dinner ham & pork loin roast) because there's no way we need 70lb of ground meat. 70 lbs...shize!