My Review of Products from U.S. Wellness Meats

06 Jun

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.

Review #1: Liverwurst

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.

Next time I am going to try either the Braunschweiger (made with beef and liver) or the head cheese (made with beef, heart, and tongue).  Mmmmmmmm.

Review #2: Beef Pemmican

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.

Review #3: Beef Marrow Bones

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.

Review #4: Lamb Oysters

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.

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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.

A Cellulite Investigator Update

Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation.  Things are a little quite around here at the moment.  I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

Hi Melissa,

I have been using red snapper fish heads for making stock. It doesn’t gel though. Do you think there is still gelatin in the stock since I’m uising the heads only?

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I wondered about my stock, too, since it wasn’t gelling. Have you tried reducing it waaaay down? I boiled a lot of the water off of my last batch of stock (partly by mistake because I forgot about it for a bit). It was the thickest stock I’ve ever made. So now I know it has gelatin in it if I reduce it enough. I would guess yours does, too. The heads are supposed to be the best part for making stock.

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

I usually put a lot of water in the stock, lol. This is probably why I don’t see it gelling. At least my stock is a light to moderate tan color, so it’s not watered down too much.

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You could always reduce it once to see if it gels. it’s also easier to freeze that way since it doesn’t take up as much space. I usually add water before I make it into a soup, though.

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

This past week, I accidently didn’t fully cover the stock pot. Well, all of the water evaporated! There was a lot of dry stuff, besides the fish heads, left that may have been the gelatin. It was a dark tan color. It could definitely be dryed up gelatin because it sure wasn’t the fish heads. What do you think?

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Ha! I’ve done that before, too! I’m glad I switched to the crock pot so I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Yes, it’s possible the gelatin was left in the pot when the water evaporated. I can’t think of what else it would have been…

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

It definitely has to be the gelatin. The red snapper heads that I buy come with the eyes. I’m not sure if they are edible, and I’m scared to try them. Do the nutrients in the eyes and other organs of the head come into the stock, too? Also, what is a good brand for a crockpot?

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Yes, the nutrients will make their way into the stock. (btw, fish eyes are a traditional cure for night blindness because of the vitamin A. Pretty cool!)

I have a Delonghi crock pot and I really like it. It was a gift so I didn’t research them myself, but I’m very happy with it. I have this one:
Delonghi 5-quart Slow Cooker

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

Thanks a lot for all your help!!! For the cellulite investigation, I wonder if being exposed to emfs on a daily basis can be an issue. I know that wifi is in al ot of colleges and workplaces.

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ha! I just bought this. I don’t know if or how it works, but it was cheap and I thought the potential benefits outweighed the small price tag so I went for it.

Erica says:
6/7/2011

Hey Melissa, do you work in a building where they have wifi? My college has wifi, and it is so hard to avoid it. I carry a copper ring when I go in the college just in case. I’m not sure that the copper ring works, but I’ve heard that copper can distrupt celephone signals in certain stores that have copper pipes. Nice celephone protection :)

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

*cellphone, lol!

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I assume my building has wi-fi, and all the neighboring ones probably do, too. I haven’t looked at the studies in depth. I know Ann Louise Gittleman writes about it a lot. Right now, I have bigger fish to fry (no pun intended) with the fluoride detox. I try to educate myself on these issues, but I also don’t want to live a life of paranoia. I believe a nutrient-dense diet will protect my body from a lot of the modern dangers that affect people who are eating the typical American diet.

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Erica says:
6/7/2011

Same with me, too. We can’t avoid wifi, and I certainly can’t avoid my laptop either. I believe stress can be even more dangerous than these, and I choose not to stress over this or anything else. I wonder though if it has any impact on the lymphatic system. It would be pretty cool to find out!

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We’ll add it to the list of mysteries to keep an eye on!

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