When I went to Costco last week, the entire meat department was picked clean. No more chicken, beef, or pork, and I practically dove into the refrigerated bin to grab the last package of ground turkey. My roommate reported the same thing after a trip to our local grocery store (well, minus the ground turkey). It’s a new normal in these chaotic times, where a combination of smart stocking up and coronavirus stockpiling has left many grocery stores overwhelmed. But thanks to the internet, striking out at the grocery store isn’t the only option.
Of course, there are grocery delivery services like FreshDirect—but for truly choice cuts of beef, pork, and chicken, your best bet is an online butcher. One option is New Jersey-based butcher Rastelli’s, which has been distributing meat for decades and specializes in US-sourced products that are free of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids. VP of Rastelli Foods Group, Ray Rastelli III, reports that the family-run business has seen an increase in orders since early March.
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“The significant uptick in orders began almost immediately after more municipalities and states began implementing direct requests and orders to stay at home,” he tells Food & Wine via email. “Overall, we’ve seen an increase of about 1,000%, 95% of which are new customers.”
He explained that while local stores around the country are running low on staples like chicken and beef, Rastelli’s direct-to-your-door delivery has gone from convenience to necessity.
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“What we’re seeing fly off the shelf are the versatile, healthy, center-of-the-plate proteins that can be used in a lot of different ways and feed a lot of people,” he said. “Chicken breasts, ground beef and turkey, shrimp and salmon, pork chops. Our proteins are all vacuum-sealed, blast-frozen, and can keep in your freezer for up to a year, yet thaw in as little as 30 minutes. So it’s a great option for stocking up without requiring a lot of pre-planning.”
To accommodate the increased volume of orders, Rastelli’s has streamlined from 60 products to 15, but also introduced plant-based proteins to ensure customers have enough to choose from. Currently, the business offers family-friendly options like organic whole chickens, sirloin steaks, and even salmon filets, with free shipping on orders of at least $200.
If you’re also struggling to find a particular cut at your local store (or like the idea of sticking indoors), you can try out delivery yourself with $15 off your first order with the code rastellis15. We promise you won’t get stuck with ground turkey.
This article originally appeared on Food & Wine.
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