I was vegetarian by association in college. Most of my friends were vegetarians and as the only one who cooked, I was pretty much limited to meat-free fare. These days, I do use meat when cooking for my family, but I also try to choose the healthiest options I can find, which is not as easy as one would expect in the heart of Kansas. I was really pleased to be offered the chance to try some of the premium meats from Greensbury Market, online purveyors of certified organic meat.
Greensbury Market was founded in 2004 by four self-proclaimed "meat guys" with over a decade of experience in gourmet food distribution. It is their mission to make it easy for the average consumer to purchase healthy meat from animals raised in an environmentally-friendly way on self-sustaining and self-sufficient farms without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or pesticides. Greensbury Market offers select premium cuts of organic beef, pork and chicken that are flash-frozen to preserve freshness, flavor, juiciness and natural vitamins and minerals. Unlike other frozen meats, each Greensbury Market chicken breast, pork chop or steak is individually sealed to protect against freezer burn and spoilage. (In fact, Greensbury Market meats are guaranteed to maintain for up to 6 months in your freezer.) The individual packaging also makes it easy to divvy up portions if you are dieting or cooking for one.
Greensbury Market orders are shipped via UPS and arrive in a recyclable Expanded Polystyrene foam container with dry ice (which is a gigantic hit with kindergarten teachers, by the way!). Inside, you’ll find your beef, chicken or pork packaged in boxes that are suitable for gifting. I'm not sure why I didn't take pictures when I opened the box because the packaging itself is very beautiful and recyclable. I think I was distracted by the dry ice! I did take some pictures of the individual packages, though. We received the 100% Organic Grass-fed Beef Strip Steak (NY Strip):
I marinated them in a chimchurri and seared them in a pan before cubing them up for the kids to consume:
We also received the Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts:
I cooked them in a skillet before adding them to an Indian korma sauce and serving over basmati rice.
Plated alongside some palak paneer and chickpea curry, making possibly the least attractive plate in food blog history… I swear it tasted MUCH better than it looks!
Greensbury Market meats cost a bit more than I usually like to spend (the strip steaks are $12.99 each and the chicken breasts are $15.99/4) but not drastically more than my local organic market and, to be honest, I am not as confident in their freshness. The taste difference was actually noticeable and, surprisingly, the texture of the Greensbury Market meats was different. I am used to chicken breasts being sort of ropy but these were very plump and moist. The steaks were tender and juicy, much more flavorful than our usual fare. Greensbury Market Value Packs would be great to keep in the freezer every day, as well as making a much-appreciated holiday gift. I'm dying to try their Italian Pork Sausages, too. Hint, hint!
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Disclosure: We received the Greensbury Market meats in order to write this review. I am fairly certain we need to do more product testing because that stuff is really, really tasty. Just joking.