“Sorry to keep you waiting, we can confirm your delivery was signed for by someone called Matt.”
“We don’t know, he just signed for it.”
“But I left specific instructions to either leave it on my doorstep or to leave it with my neighbour.”
“Unfortunately you left quite detailed instructions, and we can’t fit it all into the delivery note so the courier won’t have seen any of it.”
And so began the wild goose chase that, 33 hours after it was delivered, united me with my first meat box. Random Matt kept the box overnight and unhurriedly delivered it to my door while I was at work. You can imagine my frustration that a box of pure meat was waiting, possibly decomposing, on my doorstep. Thankfully, the meat was saved in the nick of time.
Word of warning though, if you ever order a meat box – don’t trust the courier or your neighbours to do their job, nor to follow your instructions.
Thanks to the miracles of modern day packaging, my meat remained intact on a particularly muggy day in London. The polystyrene box, layered with a gel ice pack, is proven to keep meat at fridge temperature for up to 36 hours. And here it is!
You can see where I’ve ripped open the polystyrene like an excited child at Christmas.
The Well Hung Meat Company small meat box, £59
6 organic pork sausages (385g)
Pack of charcuterie pastrami (110g)
4 organic lamb loin chops (410g)
2 organic beef rump steaks (415g each)
Organic beef steak mince (405g)
Chicken pieces (360g)
Organic pork shoulder (1.135kg)
Organic country pate (200g)
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That’s a total weight of 3.8 kilos of fine, fine meat to last me a month (give or take the occasional hungry boyfriend and friends). My first impressions? The meat is stunning and dark, darker than anything you’ll see in the supermarket. And the pork shoulder is something to behold. That’ll be one for Sunday lunch tomorrow…