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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions. Please ask us by filling out our contact form and we will get back within two business days. You can find our contact form right here. You might not be the first with a specific question. Therefor we have combined the most frequently asked questions with their answers and posted them below.

What does "honest meat" mean?

"Honest meat" is meat that tries to be the best for both customer and the animal. Where there are no blacked-out parts in the supply chain. You know where your meat is coming from, who farmed it and who butchered it. You know what kind of life the animal has led, so that you can feel good whilst eating as well as about what you are eating.

Where can I order a package?

If you want to order a package, please go to our home page and add your choice to the shopping cart. The order is confirmed via email.

I want to make a change to my order, what do I do?

Please fill out our contact form with your wishes and we will make sure that it is changed.

How long does it take until my order is received?

We receive your order immediately. We let you know that we have received your order via email. We will keep you posted along the way. Making sure you know when the order will be delivered and when you can expect to receive it. 

What do I do with all the beef after it arrives?

After the meat is been delivered to your house you have to put everything you will save in either your refrigerator or freezer. All the beef has been packaged to counter "freezer burn," so you don't have to worry about that. 

When do I take the meat out of the freezer?

Depending on the cut, you take the beef out of the freezer 24 hours before preparation. You can either put it on your counter-top or in the refrigerator. Make sure you take it out of the refrigerator one hour before preparation.

Why can't I order specific beef cuts separately?

We want you to enjoy the riches that the entire cow has to offer. People tend to overeat steak, and under-eat lovely roasts, or stews. This makes for a lot of waste. Something we at Meatme try avidly to avoid. 

How long can I eat from a single package?

This very much depends on your intake, family size and number of times you eat meat during the week. All meal indications are based on two portions. The size of each portion depends on the type of cut. 

Why are Meatme portions smaller than the supermarket's?

The average American consumes 9 oz. of meat per day. The USDA recommends only a consumption of 2-3 oz. Meatme portions are sized in such a way that they lean more towards the USDA recommendations than to the average consumer intake, because if we eat less and better meat we can impact the environment positively.

Why can't I just buy the heart, liver, stomach, etc.?

The idea behind Meatme is to fully fund and eat the cow, nose to tail. This means that we do not sell individual items separately. You can order them as addition to a package; when you click on "checkout" in your Shopping cart, the available additional cuts/parts will show up and you can add your choice to your order.

I have ordered my package two weeks ago, but I haven't received anything?

Don't worry. The time between your purchase and the slaughter varies, according to the amount of funders and their speed of funding. We will keep you posted along the way. We will send you an email when the animal is slaughtered and form that moment it takes approximately 4 weeks (this includes a minimum of two weeks of aging to get the best quality product).

Why are there variations between the boxes?

It is impossible to get 30 exactly the same boxes from a single cow. That's why we go for similar value boxes. Each box represents a certain value, and the value (and weight) of all boxes is the same. Additionally this helps you to find different cuts in your package each time you order.

What can I expect in the package?

All different types and kinds of cuts. You can also expect a liter of broth, made directly from your cow's bones. To find out what you can find in your package in more detail, ease visit our dedicated package page.

Where does my meat come from?

This depends on which cow you help fund. We source cows from several farms, but we make sure to let you know exactly where yours is coming from. 

What does organic, grass fed, free-range mean?

We have a dedicated section for all meat related information.

Why local meats?

Because eating locally reduces your pressure on the environment. It also makes you aware of which products are within your local area. Something we like to call "honest meat".

What is a grass-fed, or grass- or corn-finished beef?

This means that the cow's diet is. For instance, grass-fed for most of its life, but just before the slaughter it is fed grass/corn to either fatten the cow or give it a specific taste. 

What is organic, and what does it mean for the meat?

"Certified organic" is a registered standard to which farmers should adhere. In the standard certain minimum requirements are posed. These requirements are meant to serve as a good standard of living for the cow, as well as good quality meat for the customer - no antibiotics, for example.

Why is some of your meat not organic?

We try to find the best local meat to serve you. However, some smaller farmers do not have the money to be certified organic. Some free range cows are not fenced in, another requirement for being certified organic. However we try to make sure that the cows have the best possible life.

What is free-range?

Free range means that cows roam the fields; they are not confined to indoor stables. However, sometimes when temperatures get really cold they are brought indoors, but this is for their own health. This is no more than 4-6 weeks per year for free-range cows.

What is dry- or wet aging?

The aging process is a technique to give the meat that little bit of extra flavor and texture. Dry aging is letting the carcass hang exposed to outside air; wet aging is done in the packing. Both have different end results. 

How long has my meat been aged?

The meat will always be hung for two weeks, sometimes a little longer but never less! This gives it the extra tenderness and amazing taste you deserve.

What does the rating of meat imply?

The rating is mostly a measure of the amount of fat (marbling) within the cut. This fat melts during preparation and gives that extra tenderness to the meat. 

I have a question that is not in the FAQ list, what now?

If you have any other questions, please fill out our contact form. You can find that here.

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