Meat is now among the things that the pandemic has made harder to get. Meat-processing plants have been hit hard by the coronavirus, forcing many to temporarily close or slow down production. But it seems the meat shortage is less about supply and more about a breakdown in shipping and distribution. With a meat delivery service, you bypass those snags. Even better, many meat delivery and subscription services are so good that they match, or exceed, your trusted local butcher (if you still have one of those) in expertise and offerings: steak from Japan or Nebraska, free-range chicken, pre-prepared meals are all totally gettable.
Without breaking quarantine, you can browse by cut and source online, and get organic meats — hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, pork, chicken, fish, and more — shipped to your door while you shelter, and grill, in place.
Most services flash-freeze and vacuum-seal their meat, a process that preserves the quality and flavor of the meat better than conventional freezing methods, and comes in insulated coolers with dry ice. Whether you’re searching for steak from Japan or Nebraska, free-range chicken or pre-prepared meals, there’s a meat delivery service that can make summer still feel (a little bit) like summer.
Omaha Steaks delivers meat, poultry, and seafood, as well as slow-cooker meals, pre-prepped skillet meals, and fully prepared foods for those looking for quick meals. It's known for its beef, which is sourced from Nebraska, grass-fed, and grain-finished. The family stock-up bundles make life so much easier.
D'Artagnan is the meat purveyor for foodies and those who prefer the finer things in life. In addition to shipping antibiotic- and hormone-free, grass-fed meat like Angus and Wagyu beef, pork, lamb, duck, chicken, and turkey, D'artagnan offers foie gras, caviar, and pre-made charcuterie boards.
There's currently a waitlist for Butcher Box's meat delivery service, but the quality is worth the wait. Butcher Box delivers 100 percent grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage bread pork right to your door. They promise that animals are raised humanely and without hormones or antibiotics. Each portion is $6 or less, shipping is free, and you can choose a curated box or build your own. Meat comes frozen, and Butcher Box's website has tons of recipes.
Chicago steak specializes in dry-aged USDA Prime steaks, a rating given to only the top 2 percent of all American beef, but it also delivers poultry, roasts, seafood, sides, and desserts. Shipping is pricey, about $20 for orders under $99, but you get what you pay for with this award-winning, restaurant-quality steak. For free shipping, just stock up — an easy feat, considering the variety on offer.
Holy Grail offers a unique selection of premium, artisanal beef, including A5-grade Japanese Wagyu and Kobe Beef. This is the source for serious foodies who want to read up on the varieties and sourcing of their steaks. Shipping is free for orders over $199, otherwise, $29.99.
DeBragga butchers source meat for many of New York's better-known restaurants. Its website goes into great detail about each variety and cut of meat, from apple fed New York state lamb to Australian lamb, dry-aged prime New York strip steak to Japanese Wagyu. Shipping depends on location, starting at $9.99 in the northeast and up to $49.99 on the west coast. DeBragga promises their meat is humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics.
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