In the best of times, ordering food to your home is usually limited to pizza or Chinese. Now that we are self-isolating or being quarantined, things are changing a bit. Many restaurants have implemented to-go only policies while some places are only going through services like Grubhub. Ordering from local places to ensure they make it through this mess is great, but you can’t order out every night. Occasionally, you’re going to have to cook and with supermarkets being picked over, sometimes quality meat is not an option. Therefore, you need to get it delivered to you.
In the past, mail-order meat was something of an expensive luxury item usually reserved for gifting or for impromptu orders by first-class airline passengers idly flipping through SkyMall. Today, direct-to-your-door meat delivery is comparable to shopping for cuts in the store, price-wise (and in most cases will far surpass the trip to the store selection-wise). You will have to sacrifice the folksy banter you and your butcher have enjoyed for all these years, though.
(To be fair, you can still get uber-expensive meats delivered to your door, if you want. The Exotic Meat Market offers everything from alpaca to otter to freaking lion meat if you’re into that sort of thing. If you are, one pound of “farm-raised lion” will cost you $50,000.)
Even if you have reservations about having meats delivered to you rather than hand-picking them yourself, online meat orders may well replace those trips to the grocery store when you see the array of foods available from these fine delivery companies. You’ll just need to plan your meals ahead of time and free up some freezer space.
Note: You will need to check to see if these companies have suspended delivery or not before purchasing.
Porter Road was started by two friends who were out to find the best quality meat for cooking that they could. Based in Nashville, Porter Road works only works with select local farms and processes all the meat in their own facility in Kentucky. Not only that, but the brand hand cuts every piece — now that’s dedication. You can choose from butcher-crafted subscription boxes such as the Stay At Home bundle, which includes 5 pounds of Dry Aged Ground Beef, 2 pounds of Ground Pork, 2 pounds of Loose Italian Sausage, and 2 pounds of Country Breakfast Sausage in 1-pound packs for $90 or order individual cuts of beef, pork, lamb, or chicken.
With the blessing of James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee, Market House set off on a mission to rethink the modern meat market. To do that, the company works with a variety of farms (and fisheries) that all abide by the same high standards. Market House offers up a nice variety of meats as well as fish and king crab. You won’t find any crazy cuts of meat, though, so if you’re looking for something you’ve never seen before, look elsewhere. What you will find is delicious meat at decent prices. You won’t break the bank if you’re looking to pick up a few cuts of filet mignon ($24 each) or free range chicken breasts ($10 for two). If you don’t know what you want, Market House also offers up curated packs for a variety of prices and palates.
My first experience with Omaha Steaks came in the form of a wedding present, which was doubly great for me because my wife is a vegetarian (which apparently my college buddy didn’t know when he chose the gift). For her, less great, but at least there were also four servings of potatoes au gratin included. I’ve since used Omaha Steak orders as gifts for others and for myself. The selection of meats that this OG meat delivery company offers (the company has been in the meat business for a century and has been delivering via mail since 1952!) is not as wild as some of the more recent upstarts, but I’ll say this: You can count on quality with Omaha Steaks. And the prices for most meats are a great deal. You can get an order of 32 burgers and 32 dogs for $120, for example, which comes out to just under two bucks per serving. You’ll find the best deals on bulk orders and now is the perfect time to stock up your fridge and freezer.
Snake River Farms
A lot of mail and online meat order companies offer many different types of meat. But not Snake River Farms. No, this service and its partner, the Double R Ranch, offer only beef and pork products, and they does so with mastery. Try the all-beef American Wagyu hot dogs, for example. Try the American Wagyu black grade boneless eye of ribeye roast, too. Or the Korubota pork porterhouse. And so on. Snake River Farms meats aren’t what you would call cheap, but they are what you would call exceptional. If you’re hosting a dinner party or looking to impress a date, spend the cash and get some of the best beef and/or pork you will have tasted outside a top-tier chophouse.
Here’s the first thing you should know about Heritage Foods: The food ain’t cheap. But the second thing you need to know outweighs to first: The meats are superlative. Bucking the temptation to produce as much meat as possible at the lowest possible expense, the farms behind Heritage Foods rely on livestock raised using “old-school genetics on pasture.” What this means is that their animals grow at a slow, natural pace. There’s no bulking up with corn and soy, never any added hormones or drugs, and the animals are not cross-bred for rapid growth, but are heritage breeds long prized (like centuries long) for their quality. You have to pay more for meats that take extra time and effort to raise, but you will taste the difference.
Harry & David
Yeah, Harry & David is the pear delivery company. (Great pears, by the way.) And it also offers lots of sausage and cheese and cracker gift baskets that are a bit, well, cheesy. But did you know these guys also have a pretty amazing array of meats available for order? Like bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp, honey orange duck breasts, bourbon-peppercorn marinated steak, and lobster tail, to name just a few. The prices here are quite high, so know that going in. However, the selection is wide enough that you might find options available only at Harry & David, like Lobster Pot Pie. You can also add wine to orders, and that’s a good thing.
A farmer-owned meat subscription box company, Moink delivers grass-fed and finished beef & lamb, pastured pork & chicken, and wild-caught seafood every three, four, or six weeks. You have the ability to customize each box, which reflects what the company has available at the time. From culotte steak to chicken wings to salmon fillets, Moink offers a pretty wide variety — all of which taste delicious and fresh.
Not in the mood for a steak or a piece of chicken? What about charcuterie? Olympia Provisions crafts a variety of sausages, patés, snack snicks, and salamis by hand. Adam Rapoport, the editor of Bon Appétit Magazine, has called Olympia Provisions’ meats the “best charcuterie in America” and we’re inclined to agree. Want to learn more? Check out our podcast with OP’s founder Elias Cairo here.
Post originally published by Steven John on April 23, 2018. Last updated by Sam Slaughter.
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