I remember the first time I heard about meal delivery services – my mind went crazy with all the possibilities as well as the pitfalls.
I mean, things could go very right.
But they could also go very wrong as far as spoiled food…..
Until now, I've stayed pretty far away from meal and perishable food delivery services because they made me nervous.
But I may have changed my mind after using ButcherBox, in an attempt to simplify my busy life.
ButcherBox is totally targeted toward meat lovers like me and you! Their meats are grass-fed, grass-finished, and never, ever contain hormones.
Even better, they help small farmers out by sourcing their meats from those who pasture-raise their cattle.
Butcherbox started out on Kickstarter, but they soon realized just how big the demand was for delivered-to-your-door grass-fed meats when they exceeded their $200,000 fundraising goal.
Take a peek at this video explaining a little bit more about ButcherBox:
Butcher box doesn't just deliver beef, either. They also have pork and chicken, both of which are humanely raised, and hormone free.
Each shipment contains a MONTH's worth of meat, which is flash-frozen and delivered in an eco-friendly reusable insulated bag, and then packed with insulation and dry ice.
You have two different options to choose from when ordering:
You can choose from different combination box options:
- Mixed Box
- Beef & Pork Box
- Beef & Chicken Box
- All Beef Box
- Custom Box
From there, you have the option for different boxes, based on your family size or how much grass-fed meat your family needs each month, as well as as your delivery preferences.
The larger boxes are the best value here, when you figure price per pound.
You also have the option to choose delivery every month, or every other month.
I like to choose the Large Custom Box, because I base my meal plan off of what I know is coming in our Butcher Box. When you choose a Custom Box, you get to choose which meats you receive. In our Box, we got to choose 6 Everyday Cuts, and 6 Premium Cuts. (For a Classic Box, you would choose 3 Everyday Cuts and 3 Premium Cuts)
- Ground Beef
- Beef Stew Meat
- Steak Tips
- Party Wings
- Breakfast Sausage
- Bone-In Chicken Thighs
- Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Thighs
- Whole Chicken
- Whole TriTip
- Top Sirloin Steaks
- NY Strip Steaks
- Flat Iron Steaks
- Bone-in Pork Chops
- Boneless Pork Chops
- Whole Pork Tenderloin
- Baby Back Ribs
- Chicken Tenders
- Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts
If you don't mind being surprised by what comes in your box every month (don't worry, it;s normal stuff, only the items listed above) you can choose any options besides the Custom Box. When you choose these options, your box will come with :
- Curated Recipe Cards for the meats in your box
- Fast & Free Monthly Delivery
- Cooking tips, tricks and videos
Here's how ButcherBox explains their ordering process:
How It Works:
Build your custom box with 6 of your favorite cuts for a Regular Box, or 12 for a Big Box. For a Regular Box, select 3 from Everyday category, and 3 from the Premium category. For a Big Box, choose 6 and 6 from each. At this time no substitutions are allowed. Choose your delivery frequency of monthly or every 2 months, and select any add-ons. You can change your box assortment, size, and delivery frequency at any time prior to your next invoice date in your ButcherBox account at butcherbox.com/login.
What Did Our ButcherBox Contain?
I absolutely LOVE my ButcherBox. Here's what I got in my last box:
It's hard to tell exactly what everything is, so here's the list:
- 3 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
- 2 lbs Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat
- 1 lb Premium Grass-Fed Steak Tips
- 1.5lb Whole Grass-Fed Tri-Tip
- 6 10oz Grass-Fed New York Strip Steaks
- 6 10oz Grass-Fed Ribeyes
- 4 6oz Grass-Fed Filet Mignons
- 1 lb Premium Bacon
How Was Our ButcherBox Packed?
Everything in our box was a perfect cut of meat. The packages were neatly labeled and vacuum sealed for storage.
How Did Our ButcherBox Taste?
Here's an example of the quality of the first steak we cooked (A NY Strip):
(yes, I like my steak basically still mooing…)
I even posted on Instagram about how good not just the meat tasted, but the fat, too:
The bacon had the perfect ratio of fat to meat and the taste was awesome.
I used the Stew Meat in my Keto Beef Stew (a recipe I've been tweaking, coming soon!) and my husband RAVED about the taste.
Is The Cost of ButcherBox Worth It?
Here's how the math worked out per pound:
We received 280oz of meat, total, which is 17.5 pounds.
Since we paid $149 for our box, this works out to $8.51/lb for everything in our box.
And honestly, that's $2-$3/lb LESS than what we would pay at our local grocery store.
However, grass-fed beef is more expensive than regular beef. If you can't find good quality grass-fed beef in your area, and place a lot of value on the quality of your meat, or are just busy with little time to shop for quality meats, then ButcherBox is perfect for you.
We, admittedly, don't eat 100% grass-fed beef, but it's nice to know that at least most of what we eat is grass-fed, organic, and free of hormones.
Want to try ButcherBox for yourself?
Are There Any Downsides To ButcherBox?
The only thing that worries me is shipping delays, especially around the holidays. ButcherBox does a great job of packing the meat with dry ice and insulation, but living in a rural area we often have problems with shipping times.
However, when I asked ButcherBox Customer Service about this, they were very friendly and helpful. I was told that if any shipments arrived late, to contact them, take a few pictures of the state of the meat, and they would happily ship a new box or credit me for the cost of the box.
How Can You Save Money on ButcherBox?
I know what it's like to stick to a tight budget, so I've come up with a few ways to save:
Take $10 Off
ButcherBox has graciously offered Fit Mom Journey readers a really great offer:
- $10 off
- 2 Free Grass-Fed Ribeyes
- 1 lb Free Bacon
Utilize Sales Cycles
ButcherBox occasionally runs sales, like on Black Friday.
I always email my list (sign up here) about these sales so you can take advantage, so make sure to sign up and be notified!