The Natural Butcher by Craig Cook's Prime Quality Meats brings back the good old days to 2016. Remember how you’d go into your local butcher as a kid, he’d give you a piece of devon, whilst the parents spoke with the big man in the apron about what was fresh in store and what was on the menu that night? Well, times have changed and, newsflash, you are now the adult. But you don’t have to succumb to the big supermarket chains to get your meat on—we’ve found a butcher that brings the quality and service of a traditional butcher without you having to leave the house. Sydney, it's time to meat Craig Cook's The Natural Butcher (see what we did there?).
Anyone familiar with the saying, “if you want something done right you have to do it yourself” will appreciate The Natural Butcher’s ethos. Founder and owner Craig Cook who, with thirty years experience, knows his way around a snag and a lamb chop, realised early on that the only way to ensure the best and most ethical produce for his customers, was to farm it himself.
We find out more about Craig Cook's The Natural Butcher and discover why it’s waaaaay better to shop at an independent butcher (rather than at the supermarket).
It’s all about paddock to plate
All of the meat, from the lamb in your stroganoff to your Sunday night roast chook comes from the paddock on Craig’s farm in the NSW Southern Highlands and neighbouring properties with the same farming practice, straight to your plate. Based on a holistic process, the meat is grass fed, 100% free range and ensures animals spend their days freely roaming in their lush paddock, guaranteeing stress-free meat that tastes better and is as traditional, not to mention tasty, as they come.
These guys dry age their beef (and it makes a huge difference)
Those in the know will tell you dry aging is where it’s at when it comes to premium tasting meat every time. In keeping with their traditional butchering method, Craig Cook's The Natural Butcher dry ages its meat, meaning its hung next to natural pink Himalayan salts for twenty days, so it becomes a serious serve of juicy meaty goodness. The process seals in those divine meaty juices—you know, the ones that ooze over your plate when you tuck into an epic steak, enhance it’s natural flavours and increase the meat’s overall tenderness, making steak night at your house nothing short of epic. Cue drooling.
You can order your meat online
With pretty much all of our lives online, it makes sense that our meat is there too, and as life gets busier (and you need to get up to date on the latest Netflix series) it’s no secret we are all forever time poor, and that the struggle is real when it comes to our attempts to adult. Thankfully, these guys deliver, making it possible for even the most disorganised amongst us to experience Craig Cook's The Natural Butcher process for ourselves. Delivery is available Monday – Friday with your order arriving from the farm on your door in an insulated box so you can be out living large, then return home as the organised human you know you are.
Everything is available online, from single New York steaks, to condiments like Jamaican spicy sauce and marinated butterfly chicken. One of our favourites is definitely the BBQ Pack—no scary mystery meat rissoles here kids, instead prepare those buds for T-Bone steaks, spring lamb chops, gourmet sausages and everyone’s BBQ staple, beef kebabs.
Recipes and advice you can actually use
Craig doesn’t only have your back when it comes to ordering online, he goes one better and offers you recipe suggestions, so even though you aren’t chatting face to face with the guy in the apron he’s still there to give you some good ol’ fashioned advice. You can also check out more inspiration from Craig Cook's The Natural Butcher on Facebook and Instagram.
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