Friday, June 28, 2013

Tropical Traditions Grass-Fed Meat: A Rump Roast

Luckily, I have a few good local sources for grass-fed beef where I live and have not had to rely on internet sources for grass-fed meat.  A few months ago a very kind reader of the blog used one of my Tropical Traditions referral links to purchase something and I received a gift certificate because they were a new customer to Tropical Traditions.  

I have always wondered how ordering meat over the internet would work out.  I figured this would be a great opportunity to order some grass-fed beef from Tropical Traditions, so I could let all of you in on the experience and of course and it would give me something to cook for the blog.  Win-Win.  I put that gift certificate towards the purchase of a rump roast.  

I made my order and selected the least expensive shipping option, second day air.  Living in Texas, I was really curious how this meat would arrive at a safe temperature.  My box arrived on a workday, so it sat on the porch for who knows how many hours before I got home.

When I opened the box, this is what I found.  I actually went and got some pot holders to protect my  hands.  

But, I ended up not needing them as the dry ice had completely vaporized before I opened the box.  

The box was lined in a cool insulating layer and cardboard.  I'm actually keeping the box as it will be helpful the next time my mom visits from Houston and wants to take cold things home.  I removed the roast from the box.  

What a pretty roast.  It was still pretty firmly frozen.  It hadn't defrosted any more than say a frozen roast would on the way home from the grocery store.  I put it in the freezer until I found the perfect recipe to blog.  

I was very satisfied with my experience and the quality of the roast.  I forgot to take a picture of it before I started seasoning it, but you can still see the rich red color of the roast that you'd expect from grass-fed beef.  
What a pretty piece of meat!

I've you've been curious about ordering meat from Tropical Traditions, I hope this helps you.  

I used this roast in my Paleo Sauerbraten!