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starsfan26
Jun 29, 2017

Anyone tried Butcher Box?

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I have given this a test run over the last couple of months and it's been kind of interesting. It almost seems to not need explaining that getting preservative-free, naturally grazed/grass-fed meats delivered to your home is pretty slick. My only problems with the service are the lack of control and apparent wastefulness of the packaging.

 

Although they say it's all recyclable packaging, it comes in a cardboard box (recyclable) wrapped in plastic (not recyclable), and then everything is inside of a cooler bag (not recyclable, but reusable) and then that is insulated with a couple of big blankets of insulating material. This does not appear to be recyclable to me, although it does look to be made of would-be waste products (think something along the lines of carpet padding, made of a bunch of different cloth trimming material). And yes, those bags are reusable, but I don't really need 12 cooler bags. Maybe they hope I'll give them all away. Or maybe if I start a small market garden business I could use them for delivery or something, although they're branded with Butcher Box, so that could be awkward.

 

Like other monthly subscription boxes, you get what they give you. This month I got a lot of chicken tenders and Italian sausage that I'm not particularly interested in. They send a couple of recipes, but this month they didn't really match up with the meat I got. Tri-tip recipe and flat-iron steaks. Go figure. My first month's box was great and I went through it all pretty quickly. I thought about doubling my second month, but now I'm glad I didn't because I really don't want 6# of chicken tenders. lol

 

All in all I think it's a cool idea, and while the shipping seems wasteful to me, shipping makes it accessible to almost anyone, anywhere. Even though I have access to organic chicken at Costco, for example, it's not always as easy to find actually field-grazed, all natural chicken.

 

The thing I'm very curious about is how they treat their farmers. It seems like selling in to their program would be a good, solid market that alleviates the farmer from doing all the marketing and selling work, I just wonder how well they're compensated and treated.

 

Anyone else have any experience or thoughts?

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