I first heard about US Wellness Meats when I started looking into where the meat I purchase for my family was coming from and how the animals were treated. I have found that eating meat that comes from animals that are free to graze (grass-fed beef/lamb, pasture/grassland poultry, and sustainable pork) tastes much better, is better for the environment, is more humane, and is much better for our bodies.
For example, a grass-fed/finished cow grazes on pasture grass and is not “finished” on grains or supplements to promote a quick weight gain. This cow also lives a more humane life, grazing outdoors, the way nature intended. The meat from this cow has more Omega-3’s and good fats, which is better for us. Also, growing grass requires less energy than grain, which is better for our planet. All of this leads to more sustainable farming practices.
This kind of meat is not easy to find, unless you raise your own animals. Like most of you, I am not in a position to raise my own animals. I try to buy locally as much as possible, but even local farms are not always forthcoming about their farming practices. Although I am able to find some quality meat at local farms in my area, they don’t always have the cuts of meat I want. That is where US Wellness Meats has completely met my needs.
US Wellness Meats is an online business that ships vacuum-sealed, frozen, high-quality meat all over the country. The US Wellness Meats organization manages a group of family-owned farms in Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois. The farms adhere to sustainable farming practices and guarantee that the animals were raised humanely, using farming practices that mimic how the animals would forage in nature.
So, how does it work? If you check out their website, you can take a look at all of their products and select items for your “cart”. Once you have completed your order, you get an email with a Fedex tracking number the next day. The shipment will arrive at your doorstep 2 days after you place the order frozen and ready to put into your freezer.
I have ordered their ground beef, steak (NY strip and Delmonico), stew meat, pre-made beef burgers, beef short ribs, Polish kielbasa, ground chicken, ground turkey, chicken breast, chicken thighs, whole chicken, chicken apple sausage, and rack of lamb. Everything arrived frozen and in perfect condition. They also have a wide range of exotic cuts of meat such as rabbit, bison and duck.
What I am most excited about is the taste. The meat is more flavorful and is much more tender compared to what you can get at the supermarket. My kids are not huge meat eaters. However, they have devoured everything I have cooked from US Wellness Meats.
There are a few downsides. Because they depend on stocking their products from family farms, you may find that certain items are “temporarily out of stock”. So far, this hasn’t been an issue for me, except for bacon. Bacon is one of their big-sellers and I haven’t been able to place an order including bacon yet. In addition, the meat is not cheap, but the prices are comparable to any grass-fed/finished beef or pasture raised chicken I have found. You also have to place an order with a minimum cost of $75.
I realize that cost can be a major factor for everyone, but this is how I see it. Having the meat come vacuum-sealed and frozen, allows me to stock my freezer and use the meat over a longer period of time. If you subscribe to US Wellness Meat’s email list, they give out coupon codes on a regular basis and give discounts on larger orders. I also feel that once you realize the health benefits of this kind of meat, along with the superior taste, the cost will be worth it.
Whether or not you decide to try US Wellness Meats, I hope you start thinking about where our meat, eggs, and dairy products come from. If we have to sacrifice by not eating gluten, I want the rest of my food to taste incredible. Also, the world may become a much better place if we all ate more meat using sustainable farming practices.
Disclaimer: I am not paid or compensated in any way to review gluten-free products. I only review products that I love, use in my daily life, and feel that others can benefit from too. I cannot guarantee that you will think these products are awesome too, but it is highly unlikely.