Meat Boxes: An Alternative to Veganuary
Why would we talk about meat delivery boxes, at a time when thousands of people have signed up to Veganuary?
Scientific and environmental data suggest that the world’s population has become too reliant on meat as a food staple. When including meat in every meal, people are often looking to buy cheap cuts from the supermarket. The quality of the meat, as well as the welfare conditions of the animals and environmental impact, is severely compromised in low-cost, multi-buy packs.
The advice is for everyone to take steps to reduce meat and dairy consumption and the Veganuary campaign aims to encourage more people to try plant-based meals. The challenge is that meat contains essential nutrients that the body needs for growth and strength. Without careful planning, a strictly vegan diet can leave you deficient in iron, calcium and protein.
Quality Produce from your Local Butcher
A sensible compromise is to reduce the quantity of meat being consumed and replace this with quality meats that have come from known sources. Your local butcher can offer high welfare, free-range, organic and grass-fed options, directly from farmers.
Advantages of Shopping at your Local Butchers
- A greater selection of meats and cuts
- Help with preparation
- Advice on cooking and accompaniments
- You can ask about where the meat was sourced
- You can buy the exact amount you need for a recipe, reducing waste
- Reduction in the amount of meat packaging used
- Customer Service
If you don’t have a local butcher or need a more convenient solution, meat delivery boxes could provide the answer. From a one-off delivery for a dinner party, to meat subscription boxes which arrive at your door on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, you can tuck into a tasty variety of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game.
Many smaller farmers, who are unwilling to meet the demands of the large supermarkets, are opting to sell their meat direct to the public at farmer’s markets, or a meat subscription box service. Aylesbury Box Company supplies a few Buckinghamshire farmers with sturdy delivery boxes for such ‘farm to fork’ services. Cardboard meat boxes can be printed with branding, as well as instructions for storage or a seasonal recipe.
Advantages of Meat Subscription Boxes
- Serving suggestions, recipes and condiments may be included in the box
- An introduction to new cuts, meats and flavours
- Can research where meat is sourced
- Can order a meat box to suit the size/tastes of your family
- Recyclable cardboard delivery boxes
Beyond the convenience of doorstep delivery, many boxes also include a recipe card or serving suggestions. You may also find condiments are part of the package. The delivery boxes might introduce you to a greater variety of cuts, flavours and meats than you’ve ever tasted before.
By ordering a smaller quantity of top quality meat, there’s less risk of food being wasted. You won’t find that the cut reduces so much when cooking and you’ll want to savour every mouthful. Delivered in a corrugated cardboard box, with some cuts wrapped in waxed paper, it also offers a way to reduce plastic waste.
Trends will come and go, but a growing number of shoppers want to know where their food comes from. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is always the best option and by opting for independent specialists, farmer’s markets and food delivery boxes, you can enjoy many benefits.