Review: Meatcart

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Meatcart is an online butcher (www.meatcart.com.au) with their production facility located in Eagle Farm, Brisbane.  The meat is grass-fed all the way through and this provides more a leaner cut and less marbling. Meatcart offers high quality beef, pork, chicken, lamb and seafood which you can order from the convenience of your home.

We decided to try Meatcart and see if there was any difference. We ordered 500g each of pork loin chops, lamb loin chops and organic beef rump steak. The meat was precut into handy portion sizes. For example the 500g of beef steak has 2 to 3 slices of steak, whereas the 1kg option has 4 to 6 slices. Meatcart even have a range for those who are looking after their weight, called CorrectWeight, where the meat is pre-portioned and trimmed of fat.

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The meat arrived on Wednesday just after 3pm in the afternoon and was icy cool when I opened the bag to put the meat in the fridge. It was packed in an insulated cooler bag, with two large plastic packets of ice cubes. The bag has been fully tested to keep your meat chilled for a minimum of 8 hours.

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The first night we had the pork chops with vegetables. The pork comes from the Darling Downs and it’s nice to know it is 100% Sow Stall Free.

The second night we ate our delicious organic rump steaks with potato chips. They were Certified Organic, which means the animals have been raise with no exposure to artificial elements such as hormones, growth promoters, pesticides, residues, or chemical fertilisers.

On the third night we tried the lamb chops with steamed vegetables. The lamb chops are from New South Wales and Victoria and are 100% grass fed. All three cuts of meat were delicious, but the lamb was my favourite.

Meatcart delivers to all areas of Brisbane 2 business days after your order is placed. There is a flat rate delivery fee of $7.15 including GST per delivery.

Thank you to Meatcart for providing us with a sample pack to trial their meat. 

100 recipes: Sirloin steak

Best recipe
Sirloin steak with Cafe de Paris sauce – Gustoso

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Jill Dupleix recommends Damien Pignolet’s recipe for grilled sirlion Cafe de Paris sauce from his French cookbook. It is one of the most popular dishes at Bistro Moncur. You can prepare the Cafe de Paris butter up to a week in advance (or it can be stored in the freezer).

The authentic version of the sauce has 25 ingredients and best made in bulk. Skye Gyngell’s recipe for Cafe de Paris produces a realistic quantity for the home cook (although her version misses parsley, marjoram, dill, rosemary, brandy, Maidera, Cayenne pepper, and pepper corns).

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Meat free Mondays

Paul McCartney has launched “Meat-Free Mondays” to help cut carbon emissions. The livestock industy is responsible for about 18% of global greenhouse gases. The aim to cut back on our meat consumption is more likely to be achievable than encouraging everyone to turn vegetarian.

Good quality organic meat is a luxury, so perhaps we should be aiming for quality rather than quantity. Here’s two quotes from Italian cooks:

“Years ago in my village, meat was not consumed very often as we were by the sea and fish would obviously cost a lot less…… If we have to reduce our weekly intake of meat to be able to afford the best [organic], then so bet it.”
Gennaro Contaldo

“Traditionally, vegetables were cooked more often in a Sicilian kitchen than was meat. Meat was expensive and so it was saved for special occasions and celebrations.”
– Rosa Mitchell

We’re been trying to eat vegetarian at least once a day. Please leave your suggestions for any vegetarian recipes that you have tried and would recommend.