I tried Taco Bell’s new plant-based meat that’s only available at one location and I was very disappointed

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Me, my order, and Taco Bell.

  • On April 21, Taco Bell introduced its new plant-based protein: the Cravetarian.
  • The Cravetarian, which is made of peas and chickpeas, is only available at one location in California.
  • I tried the protein in a Crunchwrap Supreme and Crunchy Taco Supreme but was not impressed.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
On April 21, Taco Bell, a chain beloved by vegetarians and vegans, introduced its new plant-based meat: the Cravetarian.

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Taco Bell’s stores already offer “Veggie Mode,” a vegetarian menu showcasing all the meat-free options.

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A Taco Bell Cantina, which typically is focused on dine-in service, has added a drive-thru.

And all of the ingredients included on the 100% veggie-friendly menu are American Vegetarian Association certified.

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The four dishes on Taco Bell’s new all-vegetarian menu.

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“People who have been flexitarian or vegetarian have known that we’ve been the go-to place where you can actually get a healthy, plant-based protein that you can sub into your food,” Julie Felss Masino, now-president Taco Bell International, told Insider in 2019.

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Taco Bell’s new vegetarian menu.

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Unlike other fast-food chains – like McDonald’s or Burger King – that have relied on Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat for a plant-based substitute, Taco Bell decided to go with its own proprietary vegan protein.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

“We’ve met with Beyond, we’ve met with Impossible,” Masino said in an interview with CNBC in 2019. “But I think what we’re proud of is that we’ve been doing vegetarian for 57 years.”

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The new vegan option is made of peas and chickpeas, the latter a classic vegan substitute for meat.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

A few of Taco Bell’s meat-based menu items can be substituted with the new vegan protein …

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

… including the classic burritos, chalupas, and Crunchwrap Supreme.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

However, the Cravetarian is currently only available at one location: 14042 Red Hill Ave. in Tustin, California, just a short drive away from where I’m temporarily located.

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The Taco Bell.

I decided to jump on the freeway and head straight to the Taco Bell, eager to try this new veggie-based substitute. I’m not a strict vegetarian, but the majority of my meals are meat-free.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

When I finally stepped into the fast-food chain, I noticed the Cravetarian wasn’t available at any of the electronic ordering kiosks, so I waddled over to the crash register instead.

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The Taco Bell.

After a few seconds of indecision, I settled on the Crunchy Taco Supreme ($2.19) and the Crunchwrap Supreme ($4.19), both with the Cravetarian substitute.

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The Taco Bell.

When my name was called, I marched up to the counter, grabbed my bag, and went back home. Just look how unusually happy I am with my veggie-friendly meal in hand!

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Me, my order, and Taco Bell.

At first glance, the Cravetarian (right) and Taco Bell’s generic ground beef (left) look quite similar. As far as I could tell, the only visual difference between the Cravetarian and the ground beef is the smaller clumps in the vegan protein.

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Taco Bell’s ground beef, left, and the Cravetarian, right.

Now, for the taste test.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

First, I tried the Crunchy Taco Supreme, which looked almost identical to Taco Bell’s beef-based taco.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

My order came with the Cravetarian protein, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

But after my first bite, I was not wowed at all.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

The Cravetarian tastes similar to other meat substitutes and I did enjoy the taste, but it didn’t offer anything new compared to other “vegan meats” I’ve tried in the past.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

It’s salty (almost overbearingly so), and has the same crumbled texture as ground beef, except spongier.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

“It tastes like hummus,” according to my friend, who decided to take a nibble of my taco.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

If you’re a meat-eater looking for a meat-tasting vegan alternative, I wouldn’t run to the Cravetarian.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

Flavor and bite-wise, the Cravetarian is not comparable to ground beef.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

But if you’re a plant-based eater who doesn’t like Beyond Meat or chickpeas, you might not like the Cravetarian as well.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

In my opinion, Taco Bell’s black bean Crunchy Taco Supreme is a much tastier plant-based option.

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Taco Bell’s black bean Crunchy Taco Supreme.

But I’m not a picky eater, and while I was disappointed by the Cravetarian, I still liked it enough to finish the rest of my taco. Now, onto the Crunchwrap Supreme.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

At this point, I was already quite full from my previous taco, but I knew I had to march on.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

Cravetarian or not, there’s a lot going on in a Crunchwrap Supreme.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

All of my Crunchwrap Supreme fans already know the makeup of one of these large, flying saucer-shaped meals. But for those who aren’t tapped into the Taco Bell community, here’s a quick rundown.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

The Crunchwrap Supreme comes with tomato, lettuce, a protein, queso, a hard corn tortilla, and sour cream, all inside of a folded and pressed tortilla.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

But upon my first bite, I realized all of the Crunchwrap Supreme’s frills drowned out the Cravetarian’s flavor.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

I tasted more sour cream than I did vegan meat …

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

… and ended up eating around the other add-ons in order to taste more of the Cravetarian. Unsurprisingly, I couldn’t finish the Crunchwrap Supreme, but my mind about the vegan protein was already made up.

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Crunchwrap Supreme with the Cravetarian.

Overall, I think Taco Bell did a good job of matching the current “vegan meat” market offerings.

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Taco Bell’s ground beef, left, and the Cravetarian, right.

It’s pretty much exactly what I expected it to be: salty, sponge-like, well seasoned, and not-meat tasting.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

But overall, the Cravetarian left me wanting more. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was hoping for a bigger flare. The meat substitute just reminded me of every other “alternative meat” product I’ve tried.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

But don’t let my review deter you from trying it yourself. If you’re looking to try the Cravetarian, I’d recommend staying away from the Crunchwrap Supreme, which overwhelms the flavor of the protein. Just stick with the taco instead.

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Crunchy Taco Supreme with the Cravetarian.

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Fox News corrects segments on Biden’s nonexistent plan to limit Americans’ red-meat consumption to 4 pounds per year

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President Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Iowa during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

  • Fox News issued a correction on Monday over segments about nonexistent red-meat quotas.
  • The segments were part of a broader conservative media trend on Biden taking away Americans’ burgers.
  • The president does not, in fact, have a climate plan that involves capping red-meat consumption.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

President Joe Biden is not coming for your burgers, Fox News anchor John Roberts clarified on Monday.

Last Friday, the network ran several segments based on a University of Michigan study that had nothing to do with the Biden administration.

Fox framed some of its coverage on the study around Biden imposing caps on individual red-meat consumption in an effort to combat the climate crisis, a proposal that the president has never said he supports.

“On Friday, we told you about a study from the University of Michigan to give some perspective on President Biden’s ambitious climate change goals,” Roberts said. “That research, from 2020, found that cutting back how much red meat people eat would have a drastic impact on harmful greenhouse gas emissions. A graphic and a script incorrectly implied that it was part of Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change. That is not the case.”

The Daily Mail lumped in the study with Biden’s climate agenda, kicking off a slew of misleading and false stories from conservative media outlets and subsequent fact checks.

Many of the reactions seized upon a limit of four pounds of red meat per year, which was a figure settled upon in the study for significant reductions in emissions but not something Biden has proposed.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, tweeted a call for Biden to “stay out of my kitchen” in falsely citing a figure of a mandatory 90% reduction in meat reduction across the country.

Some of the banners Fox ran included wording such as “bye-bye burgers under Biden’s climate plan” and “90% of red meat out with Biden climate plan.”

As CNN fact checker Daniel Dale reported, the initial Daily Mail story proved to be the catalyst for Republican lawmakers and conservative media personalities sharing misinformation through the weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, poked fun at the meaty news cycle ahead of Sunday night’s Oscar awards, alluding to a Larry Kudlow segment on the Fox Business Channel lamenting the prospect of Biden forcing Americans to drink “plant-based beer.”

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Daily Mail and Fox News pushed misleading claims about Biden limiting meat consumption. Conservatives like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene lashed out at the president anyway.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attends the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • False claims spread this week about Biden limiting Americans’ meat consumption.
  • Biden has not released any plans related to meat consumption.
  • Prominent conservatives amplified the misleading claims online with widely shared tweets.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

False claims about President Joe Biden’s plans for addressing the climate crisis spread online this week, but the lack of truth over the claims didn’t stop Republican lawmakers from responding to or repeating them.

The Daily Mail published a story Thursday with a headline that began: “How Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH.” It included unsubstantiated claims that in order to meet Biden’s plan Americans would need to “cut 90% of red meat out of diet” and “only eat 4lbs a year.”

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shared a screenshot from Fox News that echoed the claims, labeled as “Biden climate requirements,” along with the limit of “one burger per month.”

Read more: Republicans keep denying evidence they don’t like – as a former Republican and polar bear scientist, I know exactly how dangerous this can be

Fox News show host Larry Kudlow said: “Speaking of stupid, there’s a study coming out of the University of Michigan which says that to meet the Biden Green New Deal targets, America has to, get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats.”

In fact, the University of Michigan study cited by the Daily Mail and Fox was published in January 2020 and is not related to Biden or his climate plan. According to the authors, the study analyzes “hypothetical reduction in the consumption of animal-based foods in the US diet” and relies on “a number of simplifying assumptions.” It is not a policy proposal or suggestion.

When reached by CNN’s Daniel Dale, one of the authors said: “I, admittedly, have no idea what Biden’s plan has to say about our diets.”

Biden announced on Thursday that the US will aim to cut carbon emission 50% by 2030, but he has released few details on how his administration plans to meet that goal. During the announcement, Biden made no mention of Americans’ meat consumption.

The Daily Mail and Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The claims about Biden’s plan were amplified by conservatives on Twitter, including members of Congress.

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted the false claims, saying “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?”

Fellow freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted an apparent reference to the false claims, writing “The Hamburglar,” alongside a photo of Biden eating a burger. She added in quotes: “No burgers for thee, but just for me.”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the Fox News screenshot, saying: “I’m pretty sure I ate 4 pounds of red meat yesterday. That’s going to be a hard NO from me.”

Representatives for Boebert and Greene did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. Representatives for Abbott and Trump Jr. could not be reached.

All of the tweets mentioned above that spread the false or misleading claims were liked and shared thousands of times on Twitter.

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I tried ButcherBox, the service that sends you a month’s supply of grass-fed meat – here’s what it was like

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  • I tried ButcherBox, a subscription that curates boxes of grass-fed, hormone-free, and humanely raised meat.
  • The meat arrives frozen and vacuum-packed so you can stock up for the whole month.
  • The meat was tender and juicy and tasted amazing.
  • See more: The best places to buy meat online

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Unabashed carnivores would agree that nothing quite compares to a juicy, hearty steak. If just the thought of one is making your mouth water right now, then do yourself a favor and check out ButcherBox, the online company that delivers delicious, grass-fed, humanely raised meat to you for a competitive price.

ButcherBox calls itself the “friendly neighborhood butcher.” But since not everyone has access to a local butcher who really cares about meat, ButcherBox brings the experience online so you can let the pros fill a box with your favorite proteins (or choose them yourself) and get them delivered to your door. In addition to beef, the company also sells cuts of chicken and pork.

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How ButcherBox is different

When I buy supermarket meat, I know nothing about its origins or how the animal was treated. ButcherBox, on the other hand, only sources meats with the following criteria.

Beef:

  • 100% grass-fed and grass-finished: the cattle live their entire life eating on a pasture
  • Antibiotic-free and no added hormones

Chicken:

  • Free-range, organic, and pasture-raised
  • Certified humane: the chickens have access to the outdoors and room to move around and interact with each other naturally

Pork:

  • Antibiotic-free and no added hormones
  • Heritage breed (Duroc, Berkshire, and Red Wattle): do not have flavor bred out of them, which is typically done to promote rapid weight gain

The difference in taste and texture – a direct result of how the animals are raised – is huge. When cattle eat grass and get exercise, their meat has less fat, more healthy omega-3s, and more vitamins. Humane and ethical practices translate into better meat – so both parties benefit.

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How to use ButcherBox

1. Choose your plan.

There are five different subscription plans: all beef, beef and chicken, beef and pork, a mixed box of all three types, and a custom box.

All pre-curated boxes contain eight to 11 pounds of meat and cost $129, while the custom box contains nine to 14 pounds of meat and costs $149.

2. Select any add-ons.

Add-on options vary based on season and availability, and they can include fish like salmon, or other cuts of meat like bacon and breakfast sausage.

3. Receive your ButcherBox at your door every month or every other month.

The meat comes frozen and vacuum-packed in a cardboard box with an insulated liner and dry ice. My box arrived at my apartment at 3 p.m., and all the meat was still frozen once I came home and opened the package at 9 p.m. I like variety and rarely discriminate when it comes to food, so I opted for the mixed box and was excited to see the spread.

I received two 10 oz. strip steaks, two 6 oz. tenderloin steaks, four boneless pork chops, four skinless and boneless chicken breasts, two pounds of ground beef, and uncured smoked bacon. I was basically set for dinner for the next month.

4. Refrigerate the cuts you’re going to eat in the next few days and freeze the rest.

Since all the meat is vacuum-packed, it’ll stay fresh for a while. Now, just cook and enjoy. Your taste buds are going to thank you once you experience these delicious cuts.

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The beef, chicken, and pork I tried from ButcherBox were considerably juicier and more tender than the average cuts I get from the market, and they were all delicious. It’s like eating fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sushi for the first time after only eating $10 pre-packed rolls your whole life. You can immediately taste the difference and you seriously doubt you can ever go back.

In case you want to pause or adjust your subscription, you can easily do so from your account page. While I personally didn’t have problems with delivery or account settings, other customers have experienced issues, and ButcherBox’s BBB accreditation was previously removed due to unanswered customer reviews on its page. However, it appears the company has resolved these problems and now has an A+ rating.

The bottom line

ButcherBox does the tough work for you – curating, selecting, and delivering good meat – so you can focus on enjoying it. The value, quality, and convenience of the service are excellent, and my meals have never tasted better.

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Omaha Steaks is one of our favorite online meat markets, and right now you can order complete Easter packages for an easy holiday dinner

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Omaha Steaks Lifestyle

  • Online food company Omaha Steaks has been in business since 1917 and ships out 4 million orders annually.
  • It sells meat and other foods for as little as $39.99 per bundle, and offers bulk packages to help you stock up.
  • Every cut of meat ships in its own vacuum-sealed package and comes with precise, easy-to-follow cooking instructions.
  • You can still order steaks, ham, and sides in time for Easter delivery.

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You’ve heard of Omaha Steaks. It’s the mail order meat company that sent your boss some filet mignon as a thank you from his boss. Or maybe your uncle has been talking about it ever since he got that one box of steaks back in 1998. Or it’s possible that you saw it advertised in some in-flight magazine.

If you’re like many folks out there, you probably think the company sells quality meats but at prices that put their foods outside of your comfort zone. If you only focus on Omaha Steaks’ packages, like the $299 Butcher’s Backyard Basics or the $159 Build Your Own Holiday Feast complete with pork loin roast, savory sides, and sweet desserts, then yeah, you’d be right. On the other hand, you can also order a box of food from Omaha Steaks for less than $40.

What you get from Omaha Steaks

Try a package of four 5-ounce top sirloin steaks (seasoning included). In other words, you get a fine meal for four people at $12.50 per person. And that, friends, is better pricing than you would find for dinner at most restaurants.

The fact is, until you get into the larger packages or the choicest cuts of meat (Filet mignon costs a lot of money, okay?), ordering food from Omaha Steaks isn’t all that much more expensive than getting it from the grocery store, and the selection and quality are better than what most supermarkets offer.

Omaha Steaks Ribeye

And ordering your steaks, pork chops, burgers, lobster tails, and all sorts of other meats and sides from this hundred-year-old company is a whole lot cheaper than dining at a steakhouse. With all the variety Omaha Steaks offers, from entrees and sides to desserts and even wine, it can easily become a one-stop online shop for most of your dinner-making needs.

What the food from Omaha Steaks is like

Insider Reviews contributor Steven John tried out a combo called The Best of Omaha Steaks ($60, temporarily sold out), which came with two four-ounce filet mignons, two four-ounce top sirloins, four pork chops, four jumbo franks, four apple tarts, and a seasoning packet for the meats.

He says, “One night, when my brother and his wife and kids were visiting, I cooked up all the steaks and chops, serving three adults (my wife is a vegetarian) and three kids (four were present, but being five months old, my daughter isn’t really eating steak yet). So six people ate, and I still had the hot dogs and tarts for another time. Assuming those would create the centerpiece of another meal for four, we’re talking about 10 servings of food for $60, or $6 a person. Not bad at all.”

Other members of the Insider Reviews team have tried a variety of meat, sides, and desserts from the company. We loved the taste, not to mention the excuse to indulge in dishes like bacon-wrapped sirloin, crispy steakhouse hash browns, and red velvet cake.

Some of the best deals on the site currently are the Stock-Up Packages and Free Shipping Combos, which will help you get all the protein and sides you need to feed your house for a while – all delivered straight to your door.

Convenience and prep

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Beyond the value of ordering from Omaha Steaks, there’s plenty to be said for ease of prep.

Everything you get from Omaha Steaks comes carefully wrapped in vacuum-sealed plastic, making freezer storage simple and allowing you to choose the exact portions you want each time. On the back of each box, the company provides step-by-step preparation and cooking instructions, which helped Steven grill some of the best steaks he had cooked in months.

Standard shipping costs range from $17.99 to $21.99 depending on your cart total, and there are expedited shipping options available as well. Right now, you can expect your order to be delivered within eight to nine days with standard shipping.

The bottom line

If you don’t have access to a butcher shop, which will generally be the best place to get your meat locally, consider Omaha Steaks. And if you need a great gift idea for an uncle or your boss, a box of meat is always a fine option.

Shop all meat from Omaha Steaks here

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Rastelli’s sells top-quality meat and seafood online – you can order now and have it delivered in time for Easter

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  • The famous family business Rastelli’s has gone online and you can now order beef, poultry, and seafood in bulk from $11.
  • All of Rastelli’s products are responsibly raised, antibiotic-free, and added-hormone-free, and seafood is wild-caught.
  • We ordered from Rastelli’s and loved the large selection of meat and seafood and the convenient service.
  • Order by March 27 for delivery in time for Easter.

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When you don’t want to or can’t go grocery shopping for the week, it’s tempting to drag your feet around the kitchen, opening, closing, and re-opening your fridge door in hopes that food will magically appear. But with an internet connection and a laptop, you have better options.

For general groceries, you can go to any number of online grocery delivery services such as FreshDirect and AmazonFresh. But if you’re craving something a little more gourmet, something heartier, there are even more specific delivery services.

The magic of meat delivery services like Porter Road and Snake River Farms is this: They provide curated shopping experiences, they sell high-quality and responsibly raised meat, and they’re really convenient because they’ll ship fresh products directly to your door.

A new option we’ve tried – well, new to us, though not necessarily to the world at large – is Rastelli’s.

Rastelli’s is a family business that started in 1976 as a local New Jersey butcher shop. It supplied the neighboring deli and the community with quality meat, eventually expanding into poultry and seafood and distributing its food products worldwide. If you live in New Jersey, you can shop in person at its gourmet markets, Rastelli Market Fresh. But if you don’t, you can still cook and enjoy meat, poultry, and seafood from this storied brand.

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How to order from Rastelli’s

On its website, Rastelli’s offers various proteins made up of 12 to 24 servings of steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon, and more. If you choose to subscribe, you’ll save a little money (5%), and there are various shipment-frequency options so your freezer won’t get overcrowded.

All of Rastelli’s animals are responsibly raised, antibiotic-free, and added hormone-free. The seafood is wild-caught.

Review of Rastelli’s

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Your order is packed in an insulated box with dry ice. From there, you can store them in your freezer and fridge until they’re ready to cook. We tried chicken, salmon, and steaks from Rastelli’s and were happy with the experience on all fronts, from convenience to taste.

The steaks were juicy, flavorful, and easy to cook, while the salmon came out perfectly flaky and moist. We thought the taste difference of the chicken breast, compared to similar versions we’ve tried from stores, was minimal, but we did appreciate that we could have antibiotic-free and organic options delivered right to us.

The bulk design means that as long as you have adequate fridge space, you’ll always have a protein waiting for you when you get home from work or school.

The bottom line

If you have a busy schedule, you know that easy access to the things you need or any subtle automation of a routine can help make life much less stressful. Ultimately, the Rastelli’s experience was as much about the quality of the food as it was about the pure and simple convenience of the service.

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We ordered from Omaha Steaks, and it’s a definite step up in quality from what your supermarket sells

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Omaha Steaks Lifestyle

  • Online food company Omaha Steaks has been in business since 1917 and ships out 4 million orders annually.
  • It sells meat and other foods for as little as $39.99 per bundle, and offers bulk packages to help you stock up.
  • Every cut of meat ships in its own vacuum-sealed package and comes with precise, easy-to-follow cooking instructions.

Filet Mignon Dinner (small)

You’ve heard of Omaha Steaks. It’s the mail order meat company that sent your boss some filet mignon as a thank you from his boss. Or maybe your uncle has been talking about it ever since he got that one box of steaks back in 1998. Or it’s possible that you saw it advertised in some in-flight magazine.

If you’re like many folks out there, you probably think the company sells quality meats but at prices that put their foods outside of your comfort zone. If you only focus on Omaha Steaks’ packages, like the $299 Butcher’s Backyard Basics or the $159 Build Your Own Holiday Feast complete with pork loin roast, savory sides, and sweet desserts, then yeah, you’d be right. On the other hand, you can also order a box of food from Omaha Steaks for less than $40.

What you get from Omaha Steaks

Try a package of four 5-ounce top sirloin steaks (seasoning included). In other words, you get a fine meal for four people at $12.50 per person. And that, friends, is better pricing than you would find for dinner at most restaurants.

The fact is, until you get into the larger packages or the choicest cuts of meat (Filet mignon costs a lot of money, okay?), ordering food from Omaha Steaks isn’t all that much more expensive than getting it from the grocery store, and the selection and quality are better than what most supermarkets offer.

Omaha Steaks Ribeye

And ordering your steaks, pork chops, burgers, lobster tails, and all sorts of other meats and sides from this hundred-year-old company is a whole lot cheaper than dining at a steakhouse. With all the variety Omaha Steaks offers, from entrees and sides to desserts and even wine, it can easily become a one-stop online shop for most of your dinner-making needs.

What the food from Omaha Steaks is like

Insider Reviews contributor Steven John tried out a combo called The Best of Omaha Steaks ($60, temporarily sold out), which came with two four-ounce filet mignons, two four-ounce top sirloins, four pork chops, four jumbo franks, four apple tarts, and a seasoning packet for the meats.

He says, “One night, when my brother and his wife and kids were visiting, I cooked up all the steaks and chops, serving three adults (my wife is a vegetarian) and three kids (four were present, but being five months old, my daughter isn’t really eating steak yet). So six people ate, and I still had the hot dogs and tarts for another time. Assuming those would create the centerpiece of another meal for four, we’re talking about 10 servings of food for $60, or $6 a person. Not bad at all.”

Other members of the Insider Reviews team have tried a variety of meat, sides, and desserts from the company. We loved the taste, not to mention the excuse to indulge in dishes like bacon-wrapped sirloin, crispy steakhouse hash browns, and red velvet cake.

Some of the best deals on the site currently are the Stock-Up Packages and Free Shipping Combos, which will help you get all the protein and sides you need to feed your house for a while – all delivered straight to your door.

Convenience and prep

omaha steaks review

Beyond the value of ordering from Omaha Steaks, there’s plenty to be said for ease of prep.

Everything you get from Omaha Steaks comes carefully wrapped in vacuum-sealed plastic, making freezer storage simple and allowing you to choose the exact portions you want each time. On the back of each box, the company provides step-by-step preparation and cooking instructions, which helped Steven grill some of the best steaks he had cooked in months.

Standard shipping costs range from $17.99 to $21.99 depending on your cart total, and there are expedited shipping options available as well. Right now, you can expect your order to be delivered within eight to nine days with standard shipping.

The bottom line

If you don’t have access to a butcher shop, which will generally be the best place to get your meat locally, consider Omaha Steaks. And if you need a great gift idea for an uncle or your boss, a box of meat is always a fine option.

Shop all meat from Omaha Steaks here

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