A couple weeks ago, I placed my first order with U.S. Wellness Meats. I was hesitant to order refrigerated products online, but I needed a source for organic, pastured soup bones so I could continue our beef stock experiment.
In addition to soup bones, I ordered a few other products our investigation has highlighted as potential anti-cellulite powerhouses. Here’s my initial review of the ones I’ve tried so far.
In many societies, organ meats are valued as special foods. We don’t eat much of them here in the U.S. (we’re pretty much stuck on muscle meat), but they often contain potent nutrients that aren’t available in other foods. The liverwurst from U.S. Wellness is made from beef, beef liver, beef kidneys, beef heart, water, sea salt, onion powder, honey, white pepper, coriander, marjoram, and allspice. I was curious to find out how it tasted.
The liverwurst was a big success! It is not at all liver-y. I even looked forward to eating it each night. It would be great in a sandwich, but I simply sliced it up on a plate with cheese, olives, and grape tomatoes. It was an easy go-to meal for me during a busy week.
Pemmican was a traditional food amongst Native Americans. It’s a type of “energy bar” made from beef and beef tallow, along with a few cherries and honey. The CLA in beef tallow is known to help reduce cellulite. Pemmican is an ideal travel food and was relied on by European explorers as they traveled throughout North America.
Many of the comments from people on the Pemmican blog page say it’s an acquired taste. They didn’t like it at first but tried it months or even years later and now they love it.
I can see why someone would not like pemmican at first bite. It’s wrapped like a candy bar and looks like it would be sweet and chewy, like the nougat in a Three Musketeers. That’s why it’s such a shock when that first bite tastes more like a Slim Jim. I made a point to reserve judgment until I had eaten the entire bar, which I could not do in one sitting. The second half came in handy at the airport the next day and I did enjoy it more than that first bite.
I saved a piece of pemmican for my boyfriend and this is what he thought:
I would eat it again. I didn’t dislike it. It reminded me of a protein bar that I used to eat that wasn’t all that good but it wasn’t all that bad either. This tasted slightly better than that, but it might be more of an acquired taste.
I made my first batch of stock with the beef marrow bones I ordered from U.S. Wellness. After roasting the bones in the oven, I feasted on the marrow before throwing them in the slow cooker. The marrow was so plentiful, I couldn’t eat all of it. Bone marrow is an important part of the lymphatic system, so it felt good to give my body these nutrients, especially considering my history with fluoride (and how it accumulates in bones).
In the past, I’ve had trouble getting my beef stock to thicken. Not this time. I did reduce it down quite a bit, but I tried that before without any luck. This stock is so thick I could cut it with a knife.
I only had the stock once so far. I didn’t notice any negative side effects, but I will give it a few days before I draw any conclusions about whether or not it contains fluoride.
You can read my review of the lamb oysters in a post from last week (see Easy Recipe for Lamb Testicles). For my second oyster, I simply sliced it up and sauteed it in butter based on a recommendation in the comments section from a fellow cellulite investigator. I liked it even more than the breaded balls I made earlier.
And just so you know, I am not affiliated with U.S. Wellness Meats in any way. They did offer to send me an order of lamb oysters after they read my initial post about their anti cellulite properties, but I declined because I wanted to remain impartial (they sure know how to tempt a girl, though!). I ordered all these products on my own and this is my honest opinion of them.
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