The meat box cometh

October 25, 2007

Riverford meat box delivery

We received our first Riverford meat box delivery on Saturday. I’d spent the morning hovering in the frontroom, gazing down the garden path like a little kid waiting for the birthday post to arrive. We were both totally stoked (Ozspeak for jolly glad) when it arrived, and danced a little caper around the kitchen.

Riverford meat box

And this is what we got for our hard-earned moolah (46 squid, give or take a bob or two):

750g pork roast
400g sausages
300g bacon
300g beef burgers
400g beef mince
400g braising steak
400g rump steak
A whole organic chicken
200g ham

Which, like the legendary England all-rounder, is very Beefy and none the worse for it.

The rump steaks have been scoffed already, providing two hearty meals. We partnered them up on both occasions with the pickings from our latest forraging expedition to Hampstead Heath. On one occasion the MC served them under a pile of unidentified ‘shrooms, which we thought at the time were Clouded Agarics, but which we later realised bore more than a passing resemblance to the deadly poisonous Death Cap (result: complete organ collapse in about 72 hours). The next evening we played safe and served them with a splodge of harmless sweet chestnut puree. All very Hugh Firmly Whatsisface.

Sweet chestnuts

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10 Responses to “The meat box cometh”


  1. How much would all that cost in a supermarket? Is it cheaper from Riverford? (I’m sure it’s much nicer …)

    You are brave eating those mushrooms… did you know that in France you can take them to the pharmacy to be identified (apparently)? (It may be an urban myth as I’ve never met anyone who has actually done it).

    Enjoy your meat!

  2. gastropunk Says:

    Strtford Girl, we calculated that £46 is about what you’d pay for this much well-hung, free range, organic meat in a good butchers or deli. we reckon it’s a good deal, considering there’s not delivery charge as it comes with the veg box. the quality seems very good – the steaks were superb. one caveat – i prefer meat not to be shrink-wrapped, so it can breathe – we left the steaks uncovered in the fridge for a few days before cooking.

  3. FactoBrunt Says:

    I have to say I’m not at all happy to see how much packaging they’ve used and it puts me off getting one of their meat boxes. One of the good things about the local butcher is that you can take your own re-useable boxes and end up with no waste. This certainly doesn’t look a very eco-friendly way to get meat.

  4. Mopsa Says:

    This post has got me thinking. We produce most of our own meat (pork, poultry, lamb, duck, goose) and buy beef from the folks grazing their cows on our farm. I sell pork and lamb to friends. I reckon you paid about £10 a kilo for great quality meat (but yes, with a lot of packaging). I charge mates £5/5.50 a kilo for the pork/lamb,and folks must take minimum of half a lamb (app £35) or 1/4 of a pig( app £45). And then I force them to collect it themselves. I must rethink my pricing/delivery strategy next year!

  5. gastropunk Says:

    Factobrunt, yes I agree totally on the excess packaging front. however it’s not easy to get well-hung organic meat free of plastic unless you’ve got an excellent butcher nearby or you go direct to a supplier at a farmer’s market (at least in london).

  6. gastropunk Says:

    Mopsa, sounds like your meat boxes are a great deal as it stands – almost worth a special, eco-unfriendly trip down to Devon to pick one up. i don’t know about devon but i’m sure there are lots of London foodies willing to pay £10 a kilo for top-notch meat.

  7. oldbirdofdevon Says:

    I buy my meat from Moostone Meats, which is on a National Trust farm perched on the cliffs overlooking The Mewstone at Wembury Bay. I can see my future meal grazing on the lush Devon grass and I get fantastic bones free of charge for the dog. I really appreciate my luck!

  8. crzy_rgntnn Says:

    meetbox… now we are talking!

  9. San Says:

    I’m wondering how some of the above would expect meat to be packaged when it has so far to travel/must be kept cool/is a potential health hazzard etc etc. We try damned hard on the packaging front and continue to look for better (sheep’s wool insulation being latest intro) and all outer packing is returned & re-used.I have the pleasure of writing that newsletter you got with it – printed on 100% recycled with veg inks of course. A trip to the shop would raise your eyebrows – the meat on the counter of that ramshackle place would show you that the box is just a wee taster of what’s available.

  10. organic meat Says:

    Just a quick few words about the Riverford meat boxes.
    1. Not everything is organic. Some of it is ‘free range’ or non-organic.
    2. Some of the meat comes frozen so you don’t have the convenience of being able to freeze it if you wanted to.
    3. Obviously being a box you don’t get to have a choice of what goes in it.

    Hope this is of some interest.

    Alex


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