Butcher Box Review

Hi Friends! Today’s blog is all about Butcher Box. The waitlist that was implemented earlier this year due to the pandemic has been lifted, so new customers can sign-up now. I am going to share all that I think you need to know before you first order. Speaking of first orders, Butcher Box is currently running a $15 off promotion for new customers (click here – I’ll get $15 back with this code too). If you’re on the fence about trying it out, I hope this post helps. We have ordered from Butcher Box a few times a year for just about 2 years. Overall we have been really happy with the quality!

If you take a peak at their website, you will learn that Butcher Box has quickly grown from a start-up company to one of the nation’s top online sources for grass-fed beef. They have very high standards when it come to product sourcing, sustainability and humanely raise animals (click here to read more on BB sourcing). This means that customers are getting high quality beef, pork and poultry. Butcher Box beef is 100% grass-fed!

Butcher Box is a subscription service for grass-fed beef, free-range and non-GMO organic chicken, heritage pork and wild seafood. Although it’s a subscription, you have the option to delay or change your shipment days. This means you don’t have to commit to it every month. We order roughly once per quarter to supplement our grocery store purchases. Usually we save our BB items for weekends when we have more time to dedicate to cooking a nice meal. It’s also a great option for a home date night.

Source: Butcherbox.com

You start by selecting your box type (custom or random) and size (classic or big). There is currently a $20 difference between the custom classic and custom random boxes. The random selections do allow you some preferences (see below), but you don’t have full control over your order. We are a family of 2 and have enjoyed the custom classic option. It allows us to pick 6 selections of our choice. I feel that this ensures we get our money’s worth and truly look forward to cooking each item. Something I also like about Butcher Box is that on their website they provided suggested uses for each selection along with more detailed recipes. You order will be shipped to you with dry ice. All of the items are frozen, so you should transfer them directly to the freezer upon arrival.

Although the pricing may initially seem high, think of it this way. The custom classic box is currently $149. Let’s say you chose 6 orders of organic chicken breast, you will receive roughly 18 lbs of chicken. That comes out to about $8.27/lb which I feel is pretty on-par with my local grocery store for organic chicken breast.

When it comes to quality, Butcher Box is top notch. We have loved just about everything that we have tried. My husband {who is not a picky eater} can always tell when I cook with Butcher Box. That’s how noticeable the quality is in comparison to organic brands you find in the grocery store. For the quality alone, I can’t recommend Butcher Box enough. I also like having the option to try beef or pork cuts that I wouldn’t typically pick up in the grocery store. It’s a great way to try new recipes at home.

Items that we have tried and loved:

  • Boneless Skinless chicken breast
  • Chicken party wings
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Whole chicken
  • Ground beef
  • Steak tips
  • Stew beef
  • Sirloin steak
  • NY strip steak
  • Flat iron steak
  • Filet mignon
  • Boneless pork chops
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Ground pork
  • Ground breakfast sausage
  • Babyback ribs
  • Bacon
  • Whole turkey (available around Thanksgiving)

The only item we were not crazy about has been the pre-made beef burger patties. Otherwise, everything has been fantastic. There are few negatives I want to share to ensure you get my full and honest opinion. Since everything comes frozen, you do have to plan ahead to ensure you properly thaw you selection in time for your meal. Additionally, since everything is frozen it can be hard to tell how many pieces of chicken, wings or steaks are in a package. For chicken breast specifically, there have been times that I felt I did not get a full 3 lbs of chicken in my selection.

Through social media I have seen others highlight some packaging issues upon arrival. I did not notice any packaging issues with my orders until this year. One of our selections had a tear in the packaging. Fortunately, Butcher Box’s customer service has been great and they quickly made good on the issue. I carefully inspect each piece before putting in my freezer to ensure it’s fully sealed. I would encourage you all to do the same.

To see how I use Butcher Box in my kitchen, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@redroseandhoney). Don’t forget to use THIS LINK to save $15 on your first order – I’ll save $15 when you sign-up too!

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The Best Gluten Free Meatloaf

Hi friends! Welcome back to the blog. I am writing this post as we close out our first week of COVID-19 home quarantine. It has been crazy to see how quickly the news and information has changed over the last month, and then even more drastically over the last week. We are trying to do our part by staying home as much as possible. Looking on the bright side of things, I am happy to be spending extra time at home because I am a homebody. Being home also means that I get to spend more time with our dog, going for daily family walks and having much more time to cook.

If you follow me on Instagram (@redroseandhoney), you may have noticed that I have been more active on Stories. I am hoping to spread some cheer, share some home organization tips and encourage everyone to get into the kitchen a bit more. You can shop some of my favorite organizational items on my Amazon page (click here) and also on LiketoKnow.it (click here).

Now to the good stuff – the best meatloaf ever! This week my husband suggested meatloaf for dinner. We haven’t had it in ages, so I thought it was a good idea. I realize that meatloaf is a meal that makes a lot of people say, “ugh, meatloaf!?” BUT, I think that may be because they’ve never had a good meatloaf – like this one. When I set out to make this for dinner, I intended to add carrots to the mixture, but quickly realized we were out. In efforts to not waste fresh ingredients, I decided to add sauteed spinach. Although it may seem a bit odd, I think it made this meatloaf absolutely delicious.

The Best Gluten Free Meatloaf

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp evoo
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 4 oz fresh baby spinach, rough chop
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c (rounded/heaping cup) gluten free Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c (rounded/heaping cup) grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • A few dashes of worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2-4 pieces of bacon

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees (F)
  2. Satuee the onions in evoo on med/low until they are soft (3-5 mins) then add garlic (1-2 mins).
  3. Toss in fresh spinach and cook until spinach wilts down then turn off heat.
  4. In a large bowl, combine beef, egg, bread crumb, cheese, seasonings and worcestershire then Add the spinach, garlic and onions. Be careful not to over mix/turn – this can make the beef tough.
  5. Form beef into a loaf shape, top with ketchup and bacon strips.
  6. Transfer meatloaf to a baking try of your choice (see notes below) and bake for about 40 minutes. Cook time may vary based on your oven, so it’s a good idea to use a meat thermometer.
  7. To finish and crisp up the bacon, turn the oven to low-broil for no more than 3 minutes (keep an eye on it).
Note: I like to cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil then place a baking cooling rack on top. Spray the rack well and place your meatloaf in the center. This helps the meatloaf cook evenly, the outside will stay crisp and it prevents sogginess.

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Gluten Free Tarragon Chicken Salad

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Hi friends! Welcome back to the blog. For today’s post I am excited to share an easy recipe and new product find with you all! If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I have love-hate relationship with my slow cooker. After many attempted recipes, I think I finally found the best use for this common kitchen appliance – pulled chicken! It’s a great base for a variety of seasonings and marinades. Now that I have figured that out, the slow cooker is my go-to for work week lunch meal prep. I have been making pulled chicken every Sunday for months.

The trick to making chicken in the slow cooker is to let the chicken and seasonings be the star of the show. No need for extra ingredients or tons of liquid. That being said, other than when I used the slow cooker for chili, I rarely use it for a complete meal. To round out my lunch, I will also make rice and roasted veggies or a salad. I like to pack my lunch in Pyrex containers (linking my exact set here).

For this recipe, I stuck with the basic ingredients for the chicken because I wanted a neutral flavored base for the chicken salad. I have been following Primal Kitchen for a while and finally decided to try their classic Avocado Oil Mayo. I am not a huge fan of mayo, but I actually think this one has a very mild taste. According to their website, they pride themselves on offering products, “that contain no dairy, gluten, grain, refined sugar or soy” (source: Primal Kitchen). A huge plus for a gluten-free gal like me! You’ll also notice that their products are paleo and whole 30 friendly. I am definitely going to be trying more products from Primal Kitchen.

To prep 4-5 lunches for myself I will use about 1.5lbs of boneless/skinless chicken breast. If I am also making lunch for my husband then I will double this recipe.

Gluten Free Tarragon Chicken Salad

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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The inspiration for this recipe is a chicken salad that was sold at Starbucks during my non-gluten-free days. My mom and I have been recreating our own version for years. Enjoy!

Ingredients

    For the chicken:
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 c unsalted chicken brother (water works fine too)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion power
  • For the chicken salad
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1/2 c chopped celery
  • 1/4 c dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon
  • s/p to taste

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker, combine chicken with liquid and dry seasonings and cook for 4 hours on high.
  2. Once chicken is done, carefully transfer chicken to a clean bowl and discard extra liquid.
  3. Use two forks to shred chicken.
  4. Add mayo, dried cranberries, celery, tarragon and s/p (if needed). Mix together throughly.

If you would like me to share more easy pulled chicken recipes, let me know in the comments below or send me a message on Instagram!

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