This time my mother has been trying out a box from Heartier, an online artisan butcher. The minimum order is £25 with free delivery Tuesday to Saturday. If you order by 3.00pm you can get a next day delivery. Meat is sourced directly from farms across the UK, with a couple of specialist items sourced from France. They also sell lovely charcuterie, chocolate, and cheese.
Ordering is easy, you drag and drop your items onto a virtual butchers block, and then select the quantity.
The meat was delivered in a small compact box late in the afternoon on one of the hottest days of the year, and the ice packs had started to melt with the meat being cool rather than chilled. We advised Meat Porter of this at the time and they have taken steps to improve insulation during the summer.
So how did my mother get on with her £49 box?
Thank you very much to Meat Porter,for the box of meat you sent this summer for me to review. I appreciated the insert with tips and useful information about cooking the meat.
Smoked / Unsmoked bacon
Good thickness with the rashers, and lots of flavour, but for me I found I found that the unsmoked was a little salty.
These were a very good size and I made two meals from them. Firstly baked with a bread crumb, herb and cheese crust – very tender with lots of flavour. Then a chicken casserole with tomato, mushrooms – a good way to feed a number of people, a one pot dish can be so useful.
I was rather disappointed with these; unfortunately they were not the same size, and the thickness varied throughout making them difficult to cook, and there was rather a lot of sinew / gristly bits. We rather struggled with these, even though the steaks had been marinaded.
Lean steak mince
Sometimes only comfort food will do, so the minced steak was made into a traditional cottage pie. Again a good flavour with a nuttiness aobut it. Mince is so versatile and can
2 x 2 steak burgers
Pork Loin chops
These were a good texture and flavour into the fat too. Cooked with my own apples and local cider.
These were very good, served with mash and fried onions. Equally good sliced and served cold.
To sum up, a lot of meat, a good selection and so many different ways to cook. Suitable for all, families, retired and those still working. Everything can be frozen and used later or have a marathon cook and then freeze.
Fuss Free Flavours received a meat box for review.