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Swaledale Online Butchers - Review

I was recently asked to try and review some meat and poultry of my choice from Swaledale online butchers. 

Being a lover of a good steak and a traditional Sunday roast, I ordered a mixture of products.

Flat iron steak with chips, mushrooms and tomato

Swaledale online butchers is a strictly whole-carcass butcher with a total dedication to supplying exceptional native rare breed meat. Traditionally farmed, fresh and never frozen, free range, grass-fed and farmed on Yorkshire Dales.

Free Range Meat Delivered to your Door - The Delivery

Orders are prepared and shipped the next working day via DPD. My order was shipped overnight and arrived early the next day.;

Everything was very well packed in a double-walled cardboard box with Sealed Air® Brand TempGuard™  that is 100% recyclable and developed for shipping meats and temperature-sensitive goods.

The product’s thermal insulation is constructed from heavy-duty kraft paper containing a uniform inner padding, which provides superior insulating properties. 

swaledale meat delivery box
The products arrived ice cold.
Box of meat from Swaledale

My Order

  • Free range Chicken Crown - herb-fed 
  • 6 Cumberland Sausages - heritage breed pork
  • Dry-cured Smoked Streaky Bacon - extra thin sliced
  • Minced Beef - made from selected cuts from grass-fed, native breed cattle 
  • Topside of Beef - dry-aged, from heritage breeds
  • 2x Flat Iron Steaks - from traditional breeds of cattle and dry-aged on the carcass for maximum flavour
  • 2 x Fillet Mignon - prepared from heritage breed grass-fed cattle
  • 2 x Ribeye Steaks - from native breed, grass-fed cattle 
Swaledale meat

If like me, you're used to buying minced beef that's only 5% fat, you may well wonder if the minced beef was okay - well it honestly was so good. I used it to make cottage pie and we both said it was much tastier than usual.

Swaledale online butchers native breed beef mince is made using selected cuts of grass-fed beef - coarsely ground chuck, rib cap, flank and short-rib combined for the best flavour possible.

Fresh and Never Frozen

This means you can freeze your order for later use. I didn't want to freeze any of our order but I had to as there was simply too much for just the two of us to get through!

Check out this for a lovely Topside Beef Joint - absolutely the best.

I have to tell you, seriously, this was the tastiest and most tender bit of beef we've had in ages. It weighed 1.4kg and so I cut this in half and cooked one half and froze the other. You can of course order a smaller or bigger joint, it's up to you.

Value for Money

Obviously, you can buy meat and poultry cheaper in a supermarket, but you will not get free range and this high standard quality. 

All in all, I think the products are very reasonably priced, for example, my whole order totalled £99.75 and the Topside of Beef weighed 1.4kg and was £23.00 but you are getting quality, flavoursome, tender beef that melts in your mouth.

At the time of writing delivery is Free on orders over £50 which is brilliant. 

Verdict

I know I was sent this order to review, but I can honestly say I will personally order from Swaledale again, as soon as we've got through this lot!

I was totally impressed with the packaging and delivery and the quality of the products are top class.

As I write we haven't tried every product (there are only 2 of us) but I can't wait to try the chicken, so I'll come back and update this post when we have.

Yesterday I cooked some of the smoked streaky bacon. When I opened the packet, you could really smell the smokiness.

Because bacon from Swaledale is dry-cured, there's none of that horrid water you get when cooking some supermarket bacon which means it boils before going crispy.

Dry-cured bacon results in seriously tasty, full-on flavour, deliciously crispy bacon.😋 

I'm also looking forward to the other steaks as so far we've only had the Flat iron steak, it was so tender and full of flavour.

I absolutely recommend Swaledale to anyone that is looking for quality free range meats and poultry, oh and by the way, they also sell meat boxes - perfect for the BBQ. 

Many thanks to Swaledale Online Butchers for this opportunity.

You can also find Swaledale on FaceBook (Swaledale Butchers), Instagram (Swaledale Butchers and Twitter (Swaledale Foods).

Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive. 

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