Saturday, December 17, 2016

truLOCAL: Delivering Locally Sourced Meats to Your Doorstep

There's no doubt about it, we certainly got a taste of winter this week. I don't know about you but when the roads are slick and temperatures are well below freezing, all I want to do is hibernate at home, especially after a long day's work and a treacherous commute, there's no way I'd want to go grocery shopping. Straight home I go! The problem, naturally, becomes "what am I going to have for dinner?". Actually, even if there is no snow, finding time to shop around for quality meats can be hard, especially if you don't live near a good butcher shop. Here is where truLOCAL comes in.

Launched in February 2016, truLOCAL (Instagram: @trulocal , Facebook: truLOCAL) delivers high-end, locally sourced meat products right to your door. They work with some of Ontario’s best suppliers and provides customers with meats that are all free run, antibiotic-free with no added hormones. Here is how truLOCAL works:

1. You choose your box size and how often you would like it delivered (every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, every month);
2. You customize exactly what you want in your box; and
3. truLOCAL ships the package out to you the next day.

truLOCAL delivers anywhere in Ontario and shipping is free with your subscription.

truLOCAL's high quality EPS insulated coolers keep products frozen during delivery until the end of the delivery day, so it's perfectly fine even if you're not home to receive it.

To ensure the products stay frozen from the time they leave truLOCAL's facility to the time they reach your house, truLOCAL also uses dry ice along with the cooler (everything will technically stay frozen for up to 36 hours). Their packages are fully recyclable so you can re-use the cooler or simply break it down and put it in the recycling.

All of truLOCAL's products come portioned, blast frozen, and individually vacuum-sealed, making it perfect for meal prep and portion control. You'll never have to worry about freezer burn with their premium packaging.

My sample box from truLOCAL includes:

Boneless Pork Loin Chops
German Sausage
Lean Ground Beef
Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Lean Ground Chicken

All the products were clean, tightly sealed, neatly packaged and clearly labelled.

One thing I would love to see from truLOCAL is more recipes on their website, specifically recipes utilizing the products they feature. I think it'll be super helpful and valuable to customers.

Thank you, truLOCAL, for sending me these high quality meat products to cook with. With another snowstorm looming in the forecast, there's no better time to stay in and cook :)