The Wellness Blog

Get Your Grill On!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 09:29 AM

Grilling season is upon us! For all you grilling enthusiasts, we have the perfect prize package for you. We’ve paired an assortment of our grilling favorites with a Lodge Cast Iron Sportsman’s Grill. It’s perfect for use at home, camping, or tailgating. We're also giving you some of our most popular grass-fed grilling selections for you to enjoy. So fire up the grill, invite your friends over, and throw on your favorite steaks.

Our new friends at Lodge Cast Iron have agreed to donate one of their wildly popular Sportsman’s Grills. Founded in 1896, Lodge has been producing American made cast iron cookware for over a century. To this day, they remain a family owned and operated business producing high quality cast iron products. For more information on Lodge Cast Iron, visit their website

Prize Package from Lodge Cast Iron & US Wellness Meats:

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  • -Perfect for any outdoor barbecue
  • -Cast Iron Grill gate provides superior results
  • -Door allows for coals to be added
  • -Sliding Mechanism enhances airflow

- US Wellness Grilling Favorites (valued at $145)

 

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Please use the widget above to enter. Giveaway open to US residents only. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, May 20. Thank you for your participation. Happy Grilling!

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Grilling, Contests

The Ultimate Snack Giveaway!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 09:47 AM

It’s never too early to start your children on a healthy diet. It's important that we teach our kids how to make smart food choices. At US Wellness Meats, we are proud to offer a wide variety of healthy snack options for children of all ages. Some of our favorite healthy snacks include beef snack sticks, beef jerky, pemmican, turkey jerky, trail mix, and GoodOnYa bars. Looking for a healthy meal option to pack in your child's lunchbox? You've come to the right place. We offer many nutrient-dense organ meats for you to incorporate into any diet. Try our popular liverwurst and braunschweiger. They are a hit at every WAP Conference we attend. More kid favorites include beef franks, bologna, salami, and more.

lumchbotsgiveaway2Good food is essential, as well as packing it in the proper container. Looking for an alternative to a plastic lunchbox? LunchBots to the rescue. These handy stainless steel containers are perfect for the whole family. The individual compartments will allow for a variety of healthy meal options. Not only are they super stylish and practical; they can also conveniently fit inside a backpack.

Would you like to win a LunchBots Trio like the one pictured? We’re pairing that with a $75 US Wellness Meats gift certificate so that you can stock up on all of your favorites to pack in your new LunchBots. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, April 4th.

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Topics: Product Information, Kids, Contests

Celebrate with Chocolate and Grass-Fed Meat!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at US Wellness Meats and Eating Evolved! We’ve teamed up to bring you an epic giveaway you won't want to miss. One lucky winner will receive a gift basket full of premium grass-fed meat paired with handcrafted chocolate truffles. We want to help one lucky couple celebrate Valentine's Day!

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Who wants to know more about the fine folks at Eating Evolved? We first had the pleasure of meeting Rick and Christine at last year’s Ancestral Health Symposium where they made their big debut. Come to find out, they use our sugar-free pork bacon to make their best selling bacon truffles. If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re missing out. Each truffle is organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, contains no added sugar, and made with Fair Trade Certified Dark Chocolate. These delectable treats will have you hooked after just one bite. They’ve recently expanded their online selections to include a wine-infused Cherry Cabernet truffle. For all you winos out there, this is a must-try. In addition to their newest flavor, they’re about to roll out yet another treat that will make its appearance in late March, so stay tuned.

What will be included in the grass-fed meat + chocolate truffle gift basket? We’ve put together a prize package sure to make this Valentine’s Day meal the most memorable one yet. This handpicked assortment includes some of our favorite cuts as well as plenty of yummy chocolate for dessert. We aim to satisfy your belly as well as your sweet tooth with the ultimate Valentine’s Day Meal. Bon Appetit!

MH910220657The Main Course (valued at $150):

-         Tenderloin Filets

-         Bison Filets

-         Lamb Rib Chops

-         Wild-Caught Raw Shrimp

-         Sugar-Free Pork Bacon

-         Raw, Grass-Fed Cheddar Cheese

Plus Dessert:

-         Cherry Cabernet Truffles

-         Bacon Truffles

 Exclusive Bonus:

-         Berry Bacon Chocolate Bark 

How do you enter? Please complete both required steps and leave a comment on this post letting us know you're eligible to win.

-         Subscribe to US Wellness Meats Newsletter

-         “Like” Eating Evolved on Facebook 

One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, February 7th. We hope everyone has a happy and healthy Valentine's Day! 

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Contests

Thank You!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

Paleo Magazine’s “Best of 2012” results are in! We were nominated and chosen as Best Online Food/Product Supplier by Paleo Magazine readers. It was truly an honor just to be nominated, especially in the company of such amazing and well-respected people we call friends. We’re humbled by all of the love and support we’ve received from everyone in the Paleo community. This is an extra special award for us as it was determined by your votes. So to all of our loyal and valued customers, and everyone who voted, we thank you for your continued patronage and confidence in us. We are so grateful.

As a special thanks, we would like to give a one-year subscription to one lucky winner. Paleo Magazine is the first (and only) magazine dedicated to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and Ancestral Health. Each issue is full of useful tidbits on diet, exercise, daily living, recipes, reviews, and much more. This magazine will keep you informed and up-to-date on all things Paleo.

Simply leave a comment on our blog post for your chance to win. Giveaway will end Tuesday, January 29th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at that time.

Thank you once again for your continued support throughout the last 12 years. It’s been an extraordinary journey. We look forward to many more years of doing what’s good for our animals, good for our planet and good for you.

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Topics: Paleo, Contests

Tallow: Rendering, Uses and Storage

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

One of our best selling products is our grass-fed beef tallow, or rendered fat, otherwise known as lard. Enjoy the many healthy benefits of cancer-fighting CLA, Vitamin K2, and heart-healthy omega 3's while cooking with grass-fed beef tallow. Over the years we have been asked a lot of questions about tallow, so we thought we would put together a blog post explaining the rendering process, the color variations, the many uses of tallow, and recommended storage.

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Rendering Process:

We use the same methods as the pioneers in the 1800's. The tallow is brought to a simmer for approximately 8-10 hours to evaporate the water from the raw suet in order to produce tallow. Simmer temperature is approximately 180-200 degrees F.

Color Variations:

There are many factors that influence the color of the end product: the age and weight of the animal at slaughter, the type and quality of forage they are consuming – which will be influenced by the weather, rendering process, etc. While our tallow is generally white in color, it will vary from batch to batch. Since we don’t use any food dyes, variances in color between batches is normal. It has not been bleached, deodorized, hydrogenated or altered. 

Uses:

-          Cooking or frying

-          Baking - makes a delectable pie crust

-          Flavoring - great addition to ground beef and vegetable dishes

-          Creating your own pemmican

-          Making soaps and candles

Storage:

As far as storage, the USDA requires the frozen sticker because we do not use preservatives or additives. The container can sit on the pantry shelf unrefrigerated for a month without issue. At some point, the surface will begin to oxidize. Since the tallow is not highly perishable, it just comes down to personal preference for storage. A lot of our customers opt to keep it in the fridge, while others that use it more frequently, may leave it on the kitchen counter covered and out of direct sunlight. For long-term storage, we recommend dividing the tallow into smaller containers for freezing. It will keep for years in the freezer and months in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information:

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We welcome your feedback. Please let us know if you have any additional questions we can answer or any comments you would like to share.

Topics: Good Fats, Contests

13th Annual Weston A. Price Conference

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Another successful Weston A. Price Conference is in the books. We had a great time in beautiful Santa Clara, CA. Thank you to all who stopped by our booth to meet us, learn about US Wellness Meats, pick up some samples, and purchase some of our grass-fed selections.

 Why we love the WAPF Conference:

 image- We get to meet the customers we talk to on a daily basis, and also introduce US Wellness Meats to those who haven't heard of us! Being an online company, our only interaction with our customers is over the phone. It’s always a pleasure meeting everyone at the conference. Some faces we recognize from past years and some are new. We are so appreciative of everyone’s support and patronage throughout the years. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our loyal customers.

- We get to see our blogger and wholesale friends! Thank you to all of our Price and Paleo friends who stopped by our booth. This year there were a few new faces. We were so pleased to meet Stan Fishman, author of Tender Grassfed Meat and Tender Grassfed Barbecue. Stan is also our November featured chef. We also saw some familiar faces: Hayley and Bill from Food Lovers Primal Palate, Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo, Diane from Balanced Bites, Laura from Ancestralize Me, Caitlin from Grass Fed Girl, and many more. Some of our wholesale customers stopped by to say hello as well. Thank you to Dr. Roger Trubey from The Old Country Store and our friends from Dealer.com. It was also great to see Chaffin Family Orchards and our Vital Choice family. We enjoyed talking to each and every one of you.

- We get to provide samples of some of our grass-fed, nutrient-dense products! Every year we take a variety of products for sampling, this year was no different. We distributed samples of some of our best selling snack selections: beef snack sticks, jerky, and pemmican. We also sampled some nutrient-dense organ meats that are favorites at every conference we attend: beef liverwurst, braunschweiger, and head cheese

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Thanks again to everyone who stopped by to see us. What a wonderful gathering of like-minded people interested in food, nutrition, behavior and health. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again next year in Atlanta for the 14th Annual Weston A. Price Conference.

What products would you like to see us sampling next year? Leave us a comment and you could win a prize package that includes some of our WAPF favorites. 

Prize Package (valued at $115):

- Liverwurst    

- Head Cheese            

- Braunschweiger                    

- Chicken Braunschweiger      

- Sugar-Free Beef Franks        

- Beef Snack Sticks

- Plain and Spicy Beef Jerky

- Honey/Cherry Free Pemmican Pail

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, November 26th. Thank you for your participation! 

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Weston A. Price, Contests

Let the Drooling Begin...

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 @ 02:11 PM

At the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium, we had the pleasure of meeting Rick and Christine from Eating Evolved. Founded in 2012, Eating Evolved has set out to handcraft delicious truffles with organic, simple, and nutritious ingredients. Each truffle is organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, contains no added sugar, and is made with Fair Trade Certified Dark Chocolate. Everything is better with bacon, right? We think so! Rick and Christine agree, and so they created bacon truffles. Each bacon truffle is made with US Wellness Meats Whole30 approved sugar-free pork bacon, organic dates, organic dark chocolate, and sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt. These delectable treats will have you hooked after just one bite. Not only do they offer bacon truffles, but also coconut, macadamia, almond butter, mint, mocha, and pumpkin spice. So, there's something for everyone!

Rick and Christine were kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions. Read all about how they got started, their mission, and the first reaction most people have to their best selling bacon truffles. 

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About Christine Cusano and Rick Gusmano:

We are Long Island natives who went to the same high school in the small town of Miller Place, NY. We graduated college in 2010 and now live in New York City. We are both passionate about evolutionary nutrition and the Paleo lifestyle. Christine is currently studying to become a Certified Nutrition Consultant.

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About Eating Evolved:

We both love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. One day we were trying to come up with a new Paleo dessert recipe and ended up creating our truffles. After sharing them with friends and family we realized that we had stumbled upon something unique and delicious. We spent months tinkering with different ingredients and recipes until we perfected our flavor lineup (trust us, lots of US Wellness Meats bacon + chocolate was consumed during this "experimental" phase!)

Eating Evolved made its debut at the Ancestral Health Symposium in August 2012. We were fortunate to meet hundreds of like-minded individuals who appreciate high quality, unprocessed foods as much as we do. We were blown away by the reception and demand for our truffles, and ended up selling out a day early! Our bacon truffles were especially a huge hit, and continue to be our best seller.

Their Mission:

Eating Evolved is committed to handcrafting dark chocolate truffles with simple, natural, and nutritionally-dense ingredients. We believe that there is absolutely no room for compromise in quality or taste. We are meticulous in selecting only environmentally and socially responsible ingredients of the highest quality. Even our packaging is 100% biodegradable and recyclable.

Their Truffles:

All of our truffles are gluten, dairy, and soy free. We use Fair Trade Certified and organic 70% dark chocolate. All other ingredients are organic or passive organic.

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Bacon Truffles:

US Wellness Meats produces the best bacon in the world, so naturally we needed to use it in our truffles! Even before founding Eating Evolved we were long time fans of the sugar-free pork bacon, which we discovered through the Whole 30 program. Our bacon flavor was actually the first flavor we created. We all know that bacon makes everything better, so we just knew that the salty/sweet combination would be perfect.

We have had a blast watching people try our bacon truffles for the first time. Most people have never experienced bacon and chocolate together and are sometimes skeptical. After their first bite though it's as if they've had a religious experience. The most common phrase uttered after trying them for the first time? Something along the lines of a low-pitched and guttural, "Oh my God, that's incredible".

For more information, head on over to their website. You can also find Eating Evolved on Facebook and Twitter

We invite you to share your thoughts and comments. Were you lucky enough to try Eating Evolved's truffles at Ancestral Health Symposium? If not, what flavors are you most interested in trying? Or what new flavors would you like to see added? Leave a comment and you could win a free truffle sampler pack. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Thursday, October 25th. 

Topics: Paleo, Product Information, Misc Info, Contests

Why Order Minimums?

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 04:49 PM

 

ShippingIn a recent blog post we asked for your feedback, and want to thank everyone who participated!  As many of you  know, we recently celebrated 12 years in business, and over that time many things have changed and updated, but many are still the same.  Each anniversary causes us to take a look back and see what needs to be improved on in the upcoming year.  We thank you for all of your responses!

We received many questions and comments about our order requirements.  We currently have a seven pound and $75.00 order minimum.  Shipping is always free and there is a $7.50 handling fee on every order, regardless of size.

Why?

First - we want to make sure every order is still frozen solid upon delivery.  Nobody wants to receive a box of thawed meat; therefore, we had to have some sort of weight minimum in place.  We have found that very light orders are the most prone to thawing, regardless of the amount of gel or dry ice in the cooler.  Seven pounds seems to be the magic number - anything less than that seriously increases the risk of thawing during transit, so that is why we have a weight minimum.  The more weight in the box, the better everything stays frozen. 

Second - we like free shipping.  When we order online from various sites, one of the most depressing feelings is thinking we have found a great deal, then we get to the final screen and find ourselves hit with an astronomical shipping charge.  We didn't want to do that to our customers.  So, our shipping costs are built into the price of our products.  We don't charge anything extra for shipping, even to Alaska and Hawaii.

Third - since we have built the price of shipping into our products, we have to make sure we are not losing money along the way.  We have a great relationship with FedEx, and the more weight in the box, the more economical it is for us to ship.  Not only are light orders more prone to thawing, they are also much more expensive for us to ship - especially since many of our shipments arrive via overnight service. 

But why a handling fee?

Every order incurs a one-time per an order handling fee of $7.50. This amount helps offset the handling fee charged by our packing crew to prepare each box for shipping, the cost of the shipping cooler and all packing materials.  Our company does not make a penny on the handling fee (it actually costs us more than what we charge you).  Even if your order is large and requires multiple boxes, you still will only be charged the $7.50 handling fee one time per an entire order.

Hopefully this helps explain why we do things the way we do!  We realize that many of our customers have small freezers or limited storage space and seven pounds seems like way too much to store so we want to share a few minimum order suggestions:

For the Kids:Snack Sticks

Snack Sticks - 2 packs

Beef Franks - 2 packs

Salami - 1 pack

Summer Sausage - 1 pack

Burger Patties - 3 packs

Polish Sausage Breakfast Sliders - 1 pack

This equals out to seven pounds exactly - the snack sticks will probably be gone in a day, and the rest will easily fit in any size freezer.  The Salami and Summer Sausage can go right in the refrigerator for easy snacking!

Holiday Planning:BBQ Beef Sandwich

BBQ Shredded Beef - 2 packs

Raw Mozzarella Cheese - 1 pack

Wild-Caught Shrimp - 1 bag

Braunschweiger - 2 rolls

Perfect for family that comes and goes during the holidays - our BBQ Beef makes for a great sandwich.  Shrimp cocktail is a favorite during any holiday season and Braunschweiger appetizers will help your health as well!  Shrimp bags store easily in any nook or cranny in your freezer, cheese can stay in the refrigerator and our Braunschweiger is usually gone within a few hours.

Everyday Necessities:Cheeseburgers

Sugar-Free Pork Bacon - 1 pack

Ground Beef - 2 packs

Ground Turkey - 2 packs

Butter - 2 packs

Pet Burger - 1 pack

Bacon - enough said.  Our chopped meat varieties are versatile enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner and pet burger will please any pooch on a daily basis.

Lunch Essentials:Chicken Drums

Beef Bologna - 1 pack

Beef Jerky - 2 packs

Chicken Drumsticks - 2 packs

Shredded Beef - 1 pack

Boneless Pork Chops - 1 pack

Seven pounds total here with several different easy lunch options!  Pre-cooked shredded beef can be served plain or with your favorite sauce and you'll have some leftover for dinner.

Superfoods:Marrow Bones

Marrow Bones - 2 packs

Bone Broth - 1 pail

Liverwurst - 1 pack

Beef Liver - 1 pack

Pork Lard - 1 pail

This winning combination will keep any cold or flu at bay.  These nutrient dense foods are favorites of the Weston A. Price followers and favorites of ours as well!

As you can see, there are endless ways to create a minimum order!  You can also check out our Best Sellers list for more easy shopping ideas.  What may seem challenging at first can actually become a fun experience as items are added to your cart.  We hope this helps make your shopping experience easier.

We welcome you to help share how to meet our order minimums and are offering a $75 gift certificate to one lucky winner.

Here are the rules:

  • - The order must meet our minimum order requirements- at least 7 pounds of perishable weight and $75 worth of products.
  • - Pick a theme for your order and list the items as a comment below
  • - Winner will be drawn at random from all comments on October 17, 2012.

Thank you for participating!

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Product Information, Kids, Misc Info, Contests

Celebrate Mom!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, May 04, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

Happy Mother's Day from your friends at US Wellness Meats! This special holiday is right around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to do a giveaway in honor of all the wonderful moms out there. What are you doing for your mom on this special day? Why not show her how much she means to you with a gift basket of healthy, sustainable treats. We want to help one lucky mom celebrate.

describe the imagePrize package includes:

-2 Tenderloin Filets

-2 NY Strip Steaks

-2 Coulotte Steaks

-2 Bison Tenderloin Filets

-1 Wild-Caught Raw Shrimp

-1 Albacore Tuna

-Plus, one surprise! (Hint: will satisfy your mom's sweet tooth)

We would also like to extend a special thank by offering 15% off your next order under 40 pounds by using promo code "mother15%" effective May 7-9. Note: Please have your orders in by 10am CST to have them shipped this week.

Please leave a comment on this post for your chance to win. Giveaway will end at 12 midnight CST on Monday, May 7. Winner will be selected at random from blog comments. 

Thank you for your participation. We wish you all a happy and healthy Mother's Day!

Topics: Misc Info, Contests

Renew with Paleo Magazine!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

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Have you subscribed to Paleo Magazine yet? Or maybe you're up for a renewal? Paleo magazine is the first, and only, magazine dedicated to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and ancestral health. 

Contributors include some top Paleo experts including Sarah Fragoso, Liz Wolfe, Peggy Emch, Diane Sanfilippo, David Csonka and many more. Each issue is packed full of useful information on diet, exercise, daily living, interviews with experts, recipes, reviews and much more. To stay in the know on all things Paleo, this magazine is a must-read.

In celebration of their upcoming anniversary, we would like to give a one year subscription to one lucky winner. Simply leave us a comment with your thoughts on the magazine, your favorite past article, what you would like to see more of, which recipes were your favorites, what topics you would find helpful, etc. 

Giveaway will end at 12PM CST on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Winner will be selected at random from blog comments. 

If you'd like to learn more about Paleo Magazine, "like" them on Facebook or "follow" them on Twitter

Topics: Paleo, Contests