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Meat from CSA - not vacc sealed. Is this "normal"?

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Meat from CSA - not vacc sealed. Is this "normal"?

EngineerChic | Jan 21, 2013 04:37 AM

After sampling their wares at our local farmers market (porck breakfast sausage and ground beefalo) I joined a local meat CSA. It's an unusual one because you get to pick what you want each month & they deliver it. There is a minimum order total for each month.

So ... what I've learned is that while the ground products (pattties, ground meat, sausage) are all cryovac sealed, the solid cuts of meat are not. Roasts, whole chickens, etc come in a plastic bag that is not vacc sealed.

Everything is frozen, of course. And I've seen some freezer burn on a couple roasts & the whole chickens. Not terrible ... but when a roast is $7-$9/lb and a chicken is $4.50/lb ... it makes me wonder if this is not normal practice.

Thoughts? Should I drop out of the CSA & start looking for another supplier? These folks seem like nice people but I'm not thrilled with whoever is doing their meat processing - unless this is normal for smaller farms?

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