Behind the Scenes: How We Ship Beef and Pork You Can Love

We provide you with the highest quality beef and pork possible. A lot of care and work goes into raising our cattle and pigs to produce great-tasting beef and pork while also stewarding the land, water, and air we all share.

So when it comes to shipping our beef and pork to you, we are similarly focused on ensuring that you safely and securely receive our high-quality meat while also minimizing our impact on the earth with the packing materials we use.

Here is a behind the scenes look at the process we follow to ship you beef and pork you can love.

Start of the Shipping Process

All of our meat is stored in freezers in our inspected meat storage building. These standard freezers are set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, locking in the quality of the meat until you are ready to use it.

When we ship to you, especially during hot weather, standard freezer temperatures are not low enough to keep meat fully frozen during the shipping process without an additional coolant such as dry ice.

We initially used dry ice in our shipping, but found it expensive and difficult to come by while also posing some safety hazards. In a search for an alternative, we found this handy little red freezer.

When we receive your order, we transfer the meat into this freezer which takes the temperature of the meat down to -35 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This low temperature keeps the meat frozen through the shipping process in the insulated boxes we use.

Shipping Materials

On the day of shipping, we pack your order into a cardboard box with insulated liners placed inside.

The liner is a special insulation made from corn enclosed in a recyclable plastic wrapper. The insulation is made by Green Cell Foam and can be composted or dissolved down the drain.

The meat is placed inside a recyclable plastic bag inside the box. This is to limit air movement around the meat to reduce heat gain and keep the meat safely frozen.

We also include a freezer pack in the box as an extra source of cooling. We use a special freezer pack that, when thawed, can be safely cut open and poured down the drain or even diluted and used as plant fertilizer.

Sending Out for Delivery

Once we have the meat packed up and sealed in the box, SpeeDee Delivery stops by the farm and picks it up for next day delivery.

We currently offer next day delivery through SpeeDee Delivery in the white areas shown on the map below.

The next step in developing our shipping process will be to test our packaging for 2-day shipping, which would allow us to ship nationwide. So If you are outside our current delivery area and interested in placing an order, send us an email.

Thank you to everyone who has placed orders and given us feedback so far; we continue working on ways to make sure you and your family get food you can love!

John and Sarah Gilbert farm with their family in North Central Iowa. They care for pigs, cows, and the land to bring you beef and pork you can love. They have a passion for cooking and helping others develop the skills they need to put healthy and delicious home-cooked meals on the table. They can be contacted by email and through Facebook and Instagram.