Unfortunately, a great deal. It can be difficult to find if you don’t have access to specialty markets and once you do locate it, it usually costs much more than conventionally raised meat due to the economics of scale and other factors. A commonly suggested solution is to buy in bulk directly from a farmer, but that is an impractical solution for many, particularly if you live in a city and don’t have a large deep freezer.
That’s why I was excited when I heard about the new service called ButcherBox. Instead of having to purchase everything up front and find a way to keep it all frozen, they send you a box on your selected schedule that contains about 20 meals worth of meat and you end up paying a per pound price that is very comparable to what you would pay to get a whole animal.
What do you get in a box?
When the folks at ButcherBox asked me if I would like to review their service and collaborate on a recipe, I was given an option of selecting the type of box I wanted. I chose the mixed box so I could try a little of everything in order to give a more thorough review, which meant I received the following, plus a bonus package of sugar-free uncured bacon:
- Ground beef (32 ounces)
- Beef top sirloin (20 ounces)
- Beef sirloin tips (16 ounces)
- Bone-in pork chops (32 ounces)
- Chicken drumsticks (40 ounces)
Each box includes between 7 and 10 pounds of meat and is packaged so that you only have to thaw out 2-4 servings at a time. For example, there were four pork chops but they were packaged in pairs. The box also included notes on each of the cuts of beef and recipes developed by prominent bloggers and cookbook authors, including Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate and Chris Kresser.
It arrived on an extremely hot late spring day here in the Washington, DC area and I was worried that the meat would have started to thaw out, but it was impressively still rock solid, thanks to an insulated box and just the right amount of dry ice, which they calculate base on the shipping location and time of year.
How does it taste?
We thoroughly enjoyed every meal we prepared from the box and I shared the results on Instagram as I was going. First, I turned the ground beef into taco meat because I was heading out of town for a few days and wanted to leave some healthy leftovers for my husband to eat in my absence. The meat was naturally lean but very flavorful and I liked the fine texture of how it was ground. The pork chops were moist and flavorful and the drumsticks quite tasty as I prepared them in a variation of this recipe. The top sirloin I used in a recipe for beef rendang from Russ Crandall’s Paleo Takeout that I had been meaning to try for a long time.
Would I subscribe?
We do have a large freezer and purchase directly from a farmer in bulk, but if I still lived in a small apartment or for some other reason didn’t have freezer space to continue doing so, I would sign up for this service in a heartbeat.
The cost of a box is $129 and shipping is free. That works out to about $6.50 per meal, which is a very reasonable price to pay for meat of this quality. The service is also flexible in that you can get a box every month, every other month, or every three months and you can cancel any time.
The only negative element of ButcherBox that I can add to this review is the the amount of packaging and the resulting environmental impact. Everything is flash frozen and packaged in heavy plastic, then packed in individual cardboard boxes, then in a styrofoam container. The cardboard could be recycled, but unfortunately the styrofoam and plastic had to go to the landfill. The company tells me that they are exploring ways to use more environmentally sound packaging and I hope they are successful.
Some might say that the fact that you don’t get to pick and choose exactly what you want is a drawback, but I think that is part of the fun! It was exciting to unpack the box and start thinking of all the different recipes I could try with the contents. I had never prepared sirloin tips before so it was a fun challenge to play around with a new recipe for them that I could share with you!
I encourage you to click here to visit the ButcherBox website and determine for yourself if this service is for you.
Please note, I received this box for free in order to conduct this review and I do receive a small commission for referring you if you decide to subscribe. Know that I only recommend services and products that I would actually use myself.
Now, on to the recipe!
Paleo Grilled Beef Sirloin Tips
- Combine all marinade ingredients in shallow dish with the beef and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning meat half way through so marinade can penetrate all sides.
- Preheat a charcoal, gas, or outdoor electric grill to high.
- Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
- Place tips on grill and cook until well browned on first side (about 4 minutes, though that will vary depending on the heat of your grill).
- Flip tips and continue to cook until meat registers 120-125 degrees for medium-rare or 130-135 for medium (6-10 minutes, depending on heat of your grill).
- Transfer tips to carving board and tent with foil. Let rest for 5-10 minutes, then slice thin against the grain and serve.
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