Aside from a brisketÂ my husband paid top dollar for two years ago, I rarely think the meat we purchase is anything to write home about. It’s all just kind of bland and meaty, you know? We’ve had plenty of beef over the years, but we’ve had very few cuts of beef that I remember.
That all changed a few weeks ago, however, when I received a box of fresh beef from Plaid Cow Society.
Plaid Cow Society is a beef subscription service that ships fresh â€“ never frozen â€“ beef straight to your door. The beef from Plaid Cow Society is from grass-fed free-roaming cows. It’s hormone free and cuts of meat are not held together using meat glue (which I’m disgusted to now know is a thing), instead they just give you smaller cuts of beef.
I’ll be honest with you: These aren’t things I’ve ever really given much thought to before. Would I prefer my meat be as fresh as possible and that the cows live hormone-free happy lives? Yes, of course, but once it reaches meÂ my main priority is that it tastes good. And oh, does this beef ever taste good.
Believe me when I say that neither I nor my husband has had better beef at home than what we received in our box from Plaid Cow Society. Seriously.
I commented on it first, when we used a package of skirt steak to make tacos.
“Dang. This steak actually tastes REALLY good.” In fact, the tacos â€“ and the beef, in particular â€“ were so tasty that I went back for seconds (and thirds).
The next night we used some of the ground beef to make hamburgers (that we’ve recently begun slathering in fry sauce, which is completely new to us and we are obsessed). On this night my husband had the same response that I’d had to the skirt steak.
“These are some really good hamburgers. Where did you say this meat came from again?”
He then opened up the Plaid Cow Society website and we discussed whether we would need a one- or two-person subscription, because,Â obviously, we would need to keep this kind of deliciousness coming.
We’ve honestly never been this collectively excited about a meat product before and I can’t see us purchasing red meat from any other source in the near future. The taste and quality difference were just that superior to any other beef we’ve purchased.
How does Plaid Cow Society work?
While Plaid Cow Society is a subscription-based service, you can cancel at any time. You can register for a one- or two-person subscription. The one-person monthly subscription comes with 12 items, for a total of 6-7 pounds of meat and 16 meals. The two-person monthly subscriptionÂ is identical, except that it will get delivered two times per month.
What will I receive from Plaid Cow Society?
You don’t get to choose the cuts of beef you receive from Plaid Cow Society, which is both a curse and a blessing. It’s a curse if there’s something you REALLY want but don’t receive, however, it’s a blessing because you don’t need to sit at home immobilized while youÂ obsessively consider the meat you want to order. Each month you get to be surprised!
A typical month will look something like this:
The reason you can’t currently choose the cuts of beef you would like to receive is because the company is working hard to cut down on food waste. In their words, “we work with our ranchers to sell all cuts that people love and that people donâ€™t know they love yet, while working towards 0% food waste to the consumer.”
Where does Plaid Cow Society ship?
This beef subscription service now ships nationwide!
How do they ship beef?
I was a little skeptical about this, too, especially considering that my box arrived at the end of August. There was so much insulation and so many cooling packs in the box that this wasn’t an issue. Even after shipping the meat was so cool to the touch that it felt like I had just pulled it from the refrigerator.
How much does Plaid Cow Society cost?
Each box comes with 16 different meal-sized portions of meat, and the approximate cost per meal is $8.25. The cost of one box of meat from Plaid Cow Society is $129.
While this sounds expensive (to me, the non-meat buyer), my husband and I actually froze a bunch of the meat andÂ won’t purchase any additional red meat until we use it all up. So, it’s probably not actually all that expensive if you typically buy a lot of red meat each month, but it’s also not expensive if you use what you can when it’s fresh, freeze the rest, and then not order another box until you use up what you already received.
Is Plaid Cow Society worth the expense?
If you typically purchase large quantities of red meat â€“ or at least go through large quantities â€“ and you care more about things like the cows being hormone-free and the meat being as fresh as possible than you do about getting the lowest possible price, then yes, ABSOLUTELY!
I was honestly skeptical before the box arrived at my door but we are now hooked and neither I nor my husband can recommend this beef subscription service any more highly!
Disclosure: I was provided with a free box of beef from Plaid Cow Society in exchange for a review, however all opinions expressed above are my own.