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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. 

Sponsored Post: Review of Eat Now

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Eating well on a budget is always one of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true if your current lifestyle leaves you very little room to prepare healthy meals at home. Getting the recommended fruits and vegetables, for example, and having them prepared in a healthy manner is not an easy feat. As a health conscious, single entrepreneur, in the early throes of building a successful business, this is often my reality. I decided to do some online research into already prepared delivery meal options and I stumbled across EatNow‘s services. EatNow as the slogan suggests, is as easy as search, order, eat. It is the most convenient way to plan dinner that I have found. It doesn’t surprise me that EatNow is Australia’s number one online store of its kind.

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Instead of going out to find the food, EatNow brings the food to you. I used EatNow for the first time by logging onto their website from my laptop. Living in the suburbs, I thought there would not be many options suited to my needs that would offer delivery. Boy, was I wrong. Once I typed in my postcode, I was provided a list of the closest options to peruse thanks to the vast database. I felt like the luckiest bloke in the world at that point. I carefully looked through the options given and noticed that each item was complete with the names of restaurants, addresses, customer reviews, menus, payment options, deals and much more.

The restaurants listed catered to just about every palette and special dietary need you can even imagine. In fact, you can not only search by postcode, but also by cuisine or special need such as vegetarian or gluten free. Finally, I decided that I would try a medium spicy vegetarian dish of marinated mushrooms roasted in tandoor, with a mixed salad and chutney from a new Indian restaurant only a few blocks away. The checkout process was seamless and I was able to choose from a myriad of payment options — including credit/debit cards, cash and even Paypal. I opted for the latter. The service was fast. Within 20 minutes of placing my order, I was having a delicious dinner.

After that initial experience, I realised that EatNow also has a mobile app that allows you to place online orders on the go. Although I was fine with placing my orders via my computer right before leaving work in the evenings, it was nice to know that this flexible option was available. I also discovered that the EatNow service is great for throwing small dinner parties and other such gatherings. It is simply a matter of deciding on the menu and then placing the necessary orders to coincide with the start of your party.

Often, when using a digital interface, security or lack thereof can be a cause for concern. However, with EatNow services, there is an SMS confirmation that follows each order. This serves as your receipt should the need arise and increases security.

Overall, a quick and easy way to organise dinner(or lunch) when in a rush, and made my life much easier.

Gardening and food forums

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The internet has been invaluable for finding information about growing edibles. Many times a simple google search will provide the answers needed. There are a number of forums you can join to discuss your gardening successes and issues:

I tend not to talk about food online – just print off recipes and ogle the illustrations. I have way too many recipes in my “to cook one day” folder. I do like these food communities:

Any others?