Heard about ButcherBox, the meat delivery subscription service, and wondered if it's worth it? In this review and unboxing, we share the top three reasons that makes ButcherBox standout from the crowd. Read on to find out if ButcherBox is right for you, plus get special savings on your first order, exclusive to R+R readers!
By now, many of you have heard about the popular monthly meat delivery service, ButcherBox, that delivers high quality hormone- and antibiotic-free cuts direct to your door, including 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken and heritage breed pork.
The question, of course, is: Is it worth it?
In my completely unbiased opinion (this is NOT a sponsored post), the answer is a definitive YES!
In this post, I've outlined the top 3 reasons why I love Butcher Box and look forward to receiving my box every month.
**Full disclosure: this is not a sponsored post, but I am an affiliate of theirs and will make a commission if you choose to sign up for their service. I only promote products I love and am a fellow customer of theirs! There is no additional cost to you.**
Looking for an unboxing video so you can see what's really in a ButcherBox and what you can expect when you order yours? Check out my unboxing demo below.
Is Eating Meat Really Healthy?
But first, one of the questions I get the most is whether or not animal protein/meat should be included in an anti-inflammatory diet. Carnivores will be happy to know my answer is also a resounding YES!!
…but with a catch.
When it comes to eating meat, I'm very particular about only eating grass-fed, organic and ethically-raised animal protein.
There are so many reasons to swap conventional, factory-farmed meat for grass-fed, humanely raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free animal protein: It’s more humane and better for the animal; it’s more sustainable and better for the environment; and it’s higher in nutrients and better for YOU!
But finding high-quality, grass-fed meat isn’t always easy–which is where ButcherBox comes in!
Let's dive into the details, shall we?
Is Butcher Box Worth it?
Butcher Box Review: QUALITY.
Is ButcherBox worth it? The first and foremost reason I love ButcherBox is because of their meat quality. It's so important to buy meat from a place you trust, and Butcher Box's commitment to ethically-raised, top-quality meat is evident through their sourcing practices and – of course – the delicious taste!
Here's a bit about the quality of their meats:
- All the beef is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished and never given antibiotics or hormones. All the cattle are humanely raised and live their entire life on pasture, eating a natural diet of grass.
- The chicken is both organic and pasture-raised. It's Certified Humane, meaning that the chickens have access to the outdoors and to shelter, are naturally fed, have plenty of room to move and do what chickens naturally do, interact with other chickens, and minimize stress at each stage of life.
- The pork is heritage breed (which is a rare find!) and free of antibiotics and hormones. The pork is either pastured, or meets the standards of being raised in open barns with space to engage in natural behaviors and given bedding. No tail docking or other physical alterations are allowed.
- The seafood (salmon, cod, halibut, scallops, and lobster) is all sustainably and wild-caught.
Why grass-fed, you ask?
Unfortunately, 97% of the beef for sale in the USA is grain-fed and processed in feedlots.
Why does this matter? There are countless studies showing the dramatic difference between grass- and grain-fed meat, and the enormous benefits of eating grass-fed for our health.
If that's not reason enough, it's also a safer option as grass-fed meat has been shown to decrease your risk of food poisoning AND results in less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our bodies compared to conventional meat.
Plus, grass-fed meat is much more humane. The cattle are free to range on grassy pastures throughout their entire lives, eating their natural diet of grass–not stuffed into tight quarters and cages with little to no exposure to their natural outdoor environment.
Finally, but no less important, grass-fed meat is better for the environment. Contrary to popular beliefs about meat production harming the environment, research now shows that traditional grass-based beef production and finishing actually benefits the environment by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing biodiversity of pasture ecosystems and improving quality of run-off water from well-managed pastures.
Overall, grass-fed beef has actually been shown to reduce the carbon footprint and help the environment rather than hurt it. (source)
CONCLUSION: If you're committed to only eating the best quality meat, ButcherBox is a trustworthy source. If you're doing your own research and want to buy meat elsewhere, be sure to look for grass-fed and grass-finished (which means the cattle remain on the pasture and are *never* fed grains, whereas only grass-fed means that they may be grain-finished). Also be sure your meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free, and ethically and humanely raised.
Butcher Box Review: PRICE.
The average cost for Butcher Box works out to less than $6/meal (based on a 4 to 6 oz. serving size), plus shipping is always free (to the continental 48 states). But how does that compare to other retailers?
Let's use an easy and widely available meat like ground beef for an example.
WHOLE FOODS: Their organic and grass-fed selection ranges from $6.99 to $9.99 per pound, which works out to $2.62 – $3.74 per 6 oz. serving. Yes, this is cheaper than ButcherBox, but
a) not everyone across the country has access to a Whole Foods or equivalent grocery store nearby, where high-quality meats are available;
b) it's unknown whether this meat is also grass-finished, which is important (we'd have to talk with the butcher or research the farm ourselves); and
c) you get the added convenience of not having to shop. Groceries arriving straight to my door is one of my favorite things, as it saves me so much time and lets me focus on work, take a yoga class or spend time with my hubby.
COSTCO: Costco sells organic ground beef for $24.39 for a 4-pound package, which works out to $2.49/per 6 oz. serving. While yes, this is certainly cheaper than Butcher Box, the ground beef does not state that it's grass-fed. It's organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, which is all awesome, but grass-fed is a KEY distinction that actually makes a huge difference (as we talked about in point #1).
CONCLUSION: While organic is great, when it comes to meat, my opinion is that grass-fed and grass-finished is BETTER, as long as it's also hormone- and antibiotic-free. The health benefits of grass-fed far outweigh that of grain-fed (and in fact, grain-fed and factory farmed meat can have adverse impact on our health). So to me, the extra money is well worth it!
Another important point here: in this example, I used ground beef, a cut of meat that is typically more affordable. Because Butcher Box is one monthly price for a VARIETY of meat, so the direct price comparison will look different for more expensive cuts like high-quality seafood and pork.
In other words, by virtue of paying a flat fee per box, you're saving money on more expensive cuts of meat while possibly paying a little more for cheaper cuts of meat, so in the end I find that the price really averages out to be super affordable, comparable and convenient!
Butcher Box Review: CONVENIENCE.
Yep, I'll go ahead and admit it – to me, convenience is king. As shared above, I love saving time on daily tasks where I can, because it allows me to focus on other things that add to my quality of life and help me relax.
Given my history of hormonal imbalance, anxiety, digestive disorders and more, it's really important that I find ways to simplify my life and focus on what I really love.
When I don't and start to get stressed, those old symptoms start creeping their way back in. So to me, paying a couple extra bucks for convenient services like ButcherBox, Amazon Prime, Thrive Market and other subscription services is a no-brainer.
Another thing I appreciate about Butcher Box is that you can either customize your own box of over 30 different cuts of meats or seafood, or choose the classic box that's curated for you, where each month is a new and surprising collection.
Of course, convenience only takes precedence when the quality is there, which is why that's priority #1. Naturally, I would never sacrifice quality or my values for convenience, so doing your research and making informed decisions about the brands you choose and the companies you support is KEY!
If you want to save yourself some time from researching the nitty-gritty of what brands are best for healthier food, beauty and home options, you'll be glad to know I've already done the legwork for you on TONS of different products.
Here's a link to our Savvy Swap series to help you out on how to upgrade your wellness by changing to healthier, non-toxic products!
CONCLUSION: If you have trouble finding high quality, healthy meat near you–or if you want to save time and skip the hassle of shopping, having the convenience of knowing that each month you’ll have a new assortment of carefully selected meat automatically delivered to your front door (and all in one eco-friendly box!)–then ButcherBox is for you.
Hopefully by now, I've convinced you to give Butcher Box a try! Order your first ButcherBox here and get 7lbs of meat FREE.
I truly hope you found this post and unboxing helpful.
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