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BUY A COW.UK Meat Box Review


Buy A Cow Meat Box
We're pretty big meat eaters in this house (especially hubby and my eldest daughter), but over recent years I've become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of eating meat and have tried to reduce the amount we consume and make sure what we do eat is raised in a sustainable way. When possible I try to shop at my local butchers who stock meat from local Cornish farms, but this isn't always easy living in a very rural location, with a full time job, 3 kids to look after and a busy house to run. Consequently, I often end up buying meat from the supermarket as part of my fortnightly online grocery shop.

When Buyacow contacted me to see if I'd like to try out one of their premium beef boxes,  I was intrigued by their concept of 'crowdbutching' and how this could ensure a more sustainable way of consuming meat.


BUY A COW.UK logo

ABOUT BUY A COW.UK

In a nutshell Buyacow.uk connects you to local, ethical farmers (you can read all about the farmers on their website), who rear grass-fed & free-range cattle with no hormones, chemicals or preventative antibiotics. These in turn produce some of the healthiest, premium grade beef that can't be found in your high street supermarket.

Their model helps you trace exactly where the meat you eat comes from and ensures it is environmentally sustainable as no parts of the cow are wasted (you can even request the offal and bones from the cow on a first come first served basis). Cutting out the supermarket also means you pay less for premium meat whilst helping small scale farmers earn more.

You effectively buy a share of a cow from a farmer and breed of your choice and once all it's remaining shares are sold, your share will be butchered, matured and delivered to your door in a meat-box. 


Beef Chipolata Sausages

TRACEABLE MEAT

The number on your meat box matches the ear tag number of your cow so you know exactly where your meat has come from. Buyacow.uk only sells British beef that is 100% natural - they don't add binding agents, sugar, dyes, preservatives or additives.

HOW DOES THE ORDERING PROCESS WORK?

You can choose the type of beef you would like to order by clicking one of the ethically reared cows shown on the homepage. You can opt for either a large or small meat-box and then alongside standard cuts, you can customise your preferred combination of minced meat products.

The cow you have 'bought into' will only be sent to slaughter once it has been 100% purchased and this currently takes about a week. It takes a further two weeks for the cow to be butchered and its meat matured for top taste and texture. The average time between order and delivery is about three weeks.

Slow Cooker Bolognese
A slow cooker bolognese recipe I made with the minced beef

THE MEAT BOXES

There are two meat boxes available. The small meat box contains 3.5kg of beef and costs £59.95. The box includes topside, rib eye, minute and rump steaks, stir fry strips, diced beef, steak burgers and minced meat in the form of mince, burgers and sausages. The large box contains larger quantities of the above and costs £99.95 (6.7kg). The meat boxes are currently available for delivery to addresses in England and the packaging is biodegradable and compostable.

RECIPES

Buyacow.uk have a handy recipe page on their website and I decided to make a variation of their barbecued philly cheese steak sandwich. These were really tasty and perfect for the footie on Friday evening!

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
I used the minced beef in my box to make a slow cooker bolognese and a beef keema (photo below). The beef was so tender with no gristly bits you sometimes get with mince! The burgers and sausages were lovely and meaty too and very well seasoned. They went down well with our guests at an end of summer BBQ. As for the other cuts, I've popped them in my freezer to use soon (all of the products are vacuum packed so fit neatly into a standard household freezer drawer). For a full list of the meat box contents have a look at their dedicated meat box page on the website.

Beef Keema

WHAT DID WE THINK OF THE BUYACOW MEAT BOX?

Overall we were really impressed, both with the concept of 'crowdbutching' and the quality of the meat box contents. Delivery details were sent promptly and the box was delivered on time, well refrigerated and in excellent condition. If you care about the environmental sustainability of the meat you buy then buyacow is definitely worth trying, particularly if you don't have access to a local butchers.

GET 10% OFF YOUR MEAT BOX

If you would like to try out a meat box just enter the code BUYACOW_JAM&CLOTTEDCREAM at the checkout to get 10% off your order.

Disclosure: I was sent a premium meat box in return for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs
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Blackberry Buns


Blackberry Buns
Blackberry picking is in full swing here in North Cornwall. We always seem to be a few weeks behind the rest of the country which baffles me as it's so mild here. Anyway, we're lucky to have a bank full of blackberries in our garden and also many more in the field behind us, so yesterday after a lot of 'I'm bored' moaning, I sent the kids out with a pot each to collect some. Lowen and Rory came back with their containers brimming with blackberries. Heidi on the other hand came back with an empty pot and a very purple mouth!

These easy blackberry buns (or fairy cakes if you prefer) are super quick to make. In fact you can be eating one a mere 20 minutes after you decided to make them. There's something so comforting about these little sponge cakes and a sign that Autumn is well on it's way! As much as I love summer, I think Autumn has to be my favourite season. Bonfires, quiet beaches, woodland walks, casseroles, baking, apples - love it!

Blackberry Buns

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE BLACKBERRY BUNS

  • The blackberry buns can be made with frozen blackberries as well as fresh ones. 
  • Spice them up by adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture.
  • You could use other berries in these too - raspberries and blueberries would work really well, or a combination of all three.
  • These little sponge cakes make quick and easy puddings for the kids if you serve them warm with custard.
  • They also make great after school snacks for the kids.



Related - Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Blackberry and Apple Crumble


FREEZING BLACKBERRIES

  1. Blackberries are delicate so wash them very gently under tap water.
  2. Air dry by placing them on a tea towel or cloth. Pat them with kitchen towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. Line some large baking trays with baking paper then lay out the washed and dried blackberries on them. Open freeze overnight.
  4. Transfer the frozen blackberries to freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 year.

Blackberry Buns

BLACKBERRIES - A FREE SUPERFOOD

Blackberries are packed full of calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. In fact, just 1 cup of raw blackberries has 30mg of vitamin C, which is over half your daily recommended intake.

Blackberries are also full of antioxidants and count towards your 5- a-day. So why not get your walking boots on, grab a large container (a walking stick is also handy for the big juicy out of reach blackberries at the top of the hedge) and get picking! It's a great free activity to do with children too.

Wild Blackberries



BLACKBERRY BUNS


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Yield: 12 cakesPin it

Blackberry Buns (Fairy Cakes)

An easy blackberry fairy cake recipe using foraged blackberries. Yummy served warm with custard or as an after school snack.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 100g Butter, softened
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 100g Self Raising Flour
  • 75g Blackberries
  • 1 TBSP Demerera Sugar for sprinkling

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°fan) and line 12 hole bun tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract then fold in the flour. 
  4. Gently fold in the blackberries then place heaped tablespoons on the batter into each paper case.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then sprinkle with dememera sugar whilst they are still warm.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition information is for 1 bun.
calories
134
fat (grams)
7.6
sat. fat (grams)
4.5
carbs (grams)
15.4
protein (grams)
1.9
sugar (grams)
8.7



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Blackberry Buns

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Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies


Indulgent Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies
Hello, it's been a while! We've had family staying with us from New Zealand since the beginning of July so I've not had a lot of time to develop new recipes or blog recently, plus I was making the most of the beautiful weather with plenty of beach trips with the kids. I kind of lost my cooking mojo too, not sure why, just one of those things. But I'm definitely back on track now.

I had a bit of a cleaning frenzy after our guests left last week, which included a much needed declutter of my kitchen cupboards. I found a very sad looking Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange that I must have stashed away at Christmas so decided to turn it into something yummy! These dark chocolate orange brownies are the perfect combination of a crisp top and gooey middle and lovely with a cuppa or glass of milk. You could even serve them as a dessert with some vanilla ice cream. Hubs took some to work and he said they vanished very quickly, which is usually a good barometer of yumminess.

In other news hubby and I are doing an alcohol free August which is going very well. If I'm honest we'd been drinking rather a lot of wine whilst our guests were staying so we needed a bit of a detox! I do dry January every year, which usually extends well into February because I feel so good (I don't drink that much - one bottle of wine a week usually) but the older I get the more even small amounts of alcohol seem to affect me, particularly with insomnia! I'll keep you updated on progress and you never know I might decide to keep going!

Indulgent Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

  • If you prefer milk chocolate just substitute the Terry's chocolate orange for the milk variety.
  • These brownies can be frozen so make a double batch and freeze half for another time.
  • Add a handful of chopped hazelnuts for added crunchiness.
  • Serve warm as a dessert with clotted cream or ice cream.

OTHER CHOCOLATE BROWNIE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Indulgent Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies


DARK CHOCOLATE ORANGE BROWNIES


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Yield: 16 BarsPin it

Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

A foolproof and indulgent dark chocolate orange brownie recipe using up a Terry's Chocolate Orange.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 35 minstotal time: 50 mins

ingredients:


  • 200g Butter, softened
  • 200g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 75g Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 TSP Orange Extract (or zest of 1 Orange)
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 100g Milk Chocolate, melted
  • 150g Dark Chocolate, melted
  • 1 Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange, broken into segments

instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 170°c (150°fan) and line a 10 x 8 inch baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugars and orange extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs then fold in the flour until combined.
  4. Beat in the melted chocolate and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the tin then lay over the chocolate orange segments. Push the segments in half way to half submerge them.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting into squares.

NOTES:

Calories and nutritional information are for 1 portion.
calories
287
fat (grams)
16
sat. fat (grams)
10
carbs (grams)
33
protein (grams)
4
sugar (grams)
25

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