Sunday, February 9, 2014

How to Buy Your Meat Online When You Don't Know a Local Farmer

Not close to our Farm? Buy Beef Online.

A review of U.S. Wellness Meats.

US Wellness Meats - top quality Missouri beef and food products
I know more people see my articles and site than can buy my beef. And maybe people don't want a wholesale beef quarter or half, much less a whole.
And this has led me to research for companies who do the extra step of getting their beef USDA inspected and packaged so they can ship it all over the country (interstate commerce and all those regulations.)

The one company I've found which fits our standards is U.S. Wellness. And interestingly enough, it's also based in Missouri.

This research took me into the reviews as well as to their website. You know that when you ask for "review [website/product]" and only come up with positives, you just hit a home run. Because the best most companies can get is 50% - seriously.

Now the main difference in the way they do beef is that they wet age. This isn't like the big vertically-integrated corporations - which "wet-age" on the truck going from plant to supermarket. They age their beef for 30 days, but vacuum pack the primals. And so the flavor isn't as intense as dry-aged, since the meat doesn't dry out as much. But the enzymes still go to work at breaking down the meat to make it more tender. Meanwhile, they've protected the beef from other pathogens. (See their FAQs.)
Once it's aged to their satisfaction, they then cut it into portions. Then it's frozen - unless you want their fresh chilled beef (a special order) which is never frozen.
According to Local Harvest:
US Wellness Meats was founded and is operated by four family farm families who are committed to improving the quality of life for our customers by providing premium quality, health-enhancing grass-fed beef and natural meat products that meet their nutritional needs.
We offer grass-fed beef, veal, bison, lamb, and dairy products as well as certified humane pork, organic snacks, and more. We use no pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics, or chemicals. Our grass-fed beef is aged 28 days for maximum flavor and tenderness.
(This listing was last updated on Aug 30, 2011)

204 East Lafayette
Monticello, MO 63457
Contact Information:
John Wood
(877) 383-0051
Mailing Address:
PO Box 9
Monticello, MO 63457
Farming Practices:
naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, animal welfare/humane certified

Review of U.S. Wellness Products

Fab Rea; Foodie Finds U.S. Wellness BeefAnd this one review (from Real Food Whole Health) I thought to share with you, as it comes from the heart and ahe a lot of good data in it:

Working with our nutritional therapy clients and spreading the real food message of sourcing QUALITY foods, there’s something we hear quite often…” I want to eat healthy real foods, but there’s no store or farm near me that has {insert real food here}”

Grassfed beef, pastured chicken and pork, raw milk cheese from grassfed cows, bacon or sausages made from pastured animals and without nitrates/nitrites, etc. are all healthful foods that can be very difficult to locate in the typical supermarket. It’s true that, in many places it’s difficult to find any of these products even at a local farm, much less ALL from one location. And with our busy lifestyles, it can be hard to find time to go to 5 or 6 different places.

This fantastic family-run business started back in 2000, with just one goal- to provide high quality grass-fed (and grass-finished) beef to consumers. They succeeded. U.S. Wellness Meats grass-fed beef  is recognized for its exceptional taste, quality and health benefits by chefs, professional athletes, and health and nutrition experts, including yours truly.

Today, eleven years later, U.S. Wellness Meats has joined with like-minded small family farms across the country to expand its offerings to include grass-fed lamb, bison, and goat, as well as grass-fed butter and cheese, free-range poultry, pork products, honey, organic nuts and condiments as well as kitchen and personal care products. When you order from U.S. Wellness Meats you know you are getting the high-quality products you want to provide for your family.


Overall, our culinary tour of U.S. Wellness Meats was a smashing success and each product I would order again. There are so many more options in their line that I want to try as well- different varieties of raw milk cheeses, rabbit, bison (which I love!) and all the different sausages. There is also an impressive array of organ meats, sourced from healthy animals, and those are nutrient-dense superstars that I am working hard to incorporate into our diet.

The customer service that we’ve received has always been outstanding and the shipping was fast, with extreme care taken to package everything so that it stays protected and fresh during shipping. All of my items were still frozen solid! If you haven’t checked out U.S. Wellness Meats, we highly suggest that you do so- you won’t be disappointed!

Again, that's U.S Wellness Meats - check them out!
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