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When we started the Locavore Project at the beginning of July, our goal was to source all of our meat, dairy, and poultry from local sources. That’s when we found out about Lil’ Ponderosa a new farm-to-home grass-fed meat service for Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. The sustainable ranch based near Lancaster, PA provides grass-fed meat for its own award-winning farm-to- table restaurant and now offers its meats through special combination boxes and a monthly subscription service.
When we received our first box I was a bit anxious. Would everything arrive frozen and safe to eat? Would the quality meet our expectations from years of going to a butcher? And since this was a mystery box, one they sent to me for review purposes, I wondered, Would it contain cuts that we will actually use?
Imagine my delight when our box arrived, and it exceeded my expectations! Everything was frozen solid and in one of these little coolers (my son is a carnivore and was excited to help me unpack the cooler); and the combination box included our favorite and most used cuts of beef.
Lil’ Ponderosa Combination Box
- 2 packages of hamburger patties
- 3 lbs of ground beef – individually wrapped packages
- a chuck roast
- 2 beautiful strip steaks – cut thick for the grill
- 4 packages of mild beef sticks
As a family that camps and hikes, the beef sticks came at the perfect time, just a few days before my daughter left for Girl Scout camp. When I saw them, I thought beef jerky, but the reality is they are much closer to a beef pepperoni. Easy to bite through, wonderful flavor, and a tasty protein source for when we are on the go outdoors.
We used the ground beef in several skillet meals, including my family’s favorite Korean Beef. If you aren’t familiar with grass-fed beef, it’s a bit leaner than conventional beef. All that means is you need to keep an eye on your food while you are cooking it so not to over do it.
My favorite item in the box was the burgers. I love the flavor you get from dry aging grass-fed beef. It intensifies the beefiness. All the burgers needed was a little salt & pepper before I tossed them on the grill. Everyone gobbled them up. My daughter declared them the best burgers ever!
We’ve been dealing with a lot of bad weather in the evenings lately, so dinners have been cooked inside. However, next week’s forecast is looking good, so those steaks are already on the menu plan.
I’m going to hold onto that chuck roast for an upcoming crock pot meal. Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts start in a few weeks, and that means I need easy to prepare dinners that I can throw in the slow cooker. The roast is large enough that we should be able to get 2-3 dinners out of it.
First 50 orders from Philadelphia area will get a $50 gift certificate toward new subscription service available now!