Questions about the Cows
WHY DO YOU DRY-AGE THE BEEF?
Dry-aged beef just tastes better. Supermarket beef is very rarely dry-aged, and the very best steakhouse beef usually is. Beef has a natural tenderizing enzyme in its muscle fibers. That enzyme works for up to 8 days. Meanwhile, as the meat continues to age, it evaporates water from the muscle, which keeps the flavor concentrated. We dry age all of our beef for a minimum of 21 days so it has a chance to tenderize and develop its flavor.
DO YOU REALLY FEED THEM BEER, AND DOES IT REALLY MAKE THE BEEF BETTER?
Yes and YES! There are actually several benefits to the beer byproduct (called wort), which we procure from local partner Four Peaks Brewery. It has nutrition the cows need (carbohydrates, long chain sugars), flavor they love, and of course… who isn’t more relaxed with a beer in their hand (ok, our cows don’t actually hold it… but they do like it).
IS YOUR MEAT SUSTAINABLY RAISED?
Yes it is! We source our calves exclusively from local Arizona calve farms and ranches with the highest sustainability standards.
Additionally, we source grass and grain from our own family farms. Those family farms use green waste from our ranch to fertilize the crops. Which basically means we recycle our own “green-waste” (biological waste product) and convert it back into mulch to grow our own grass and grain.
All of which is done using recycling methods developed by our other family business, CTS Greenwaste Recycling. This 360 degree cycle provides the highest possible sustainability for the Perry Farm and Ranch operations.
What can we say? We are just a big happy, productive and efficient family.
IS YOUR MEAT HUMANELY RAISED?
The compassionate treatment of farm animals is incredibly important to us at Perry Land & Cattle. That is why we put care into our procurement choices and are transparent about our suppliers, all of whom are committed to ensuring animals are treated humanely. Also, because we are a small farm, we do not waste the expense of humanly raised certifications, but instead, we demonstrate this by our actions, and adhere to all standards, and go above and beyond with our internal standards of care and operations with our cattle.
We do our absolute best to avoid stress throughout all stages of our animals’ lives, from beginning to end. Obviously, stress is bad for the animal, but it also creates toxins that negatively affect the quality of the meat.
All of our animals spend their entire lives outside with plenty of space to stretch their legs, eating well and growing at their own natural pace (rather than being jacked up on hormones). After caring for our animals every day of their lives, the last thing we want to do is undo our farmers’ work by creating a stressful end of life experience. This is why we’ve established a relationship with a processing facility in Arizona, located within a short drive of all of our farms. Not only is this better for the animal, but it also produces a better quality product.
WHAT DO NATURALLY-RAISED, GRASS-FED, GRAIN FED, & FINISHED MEAN?
There’s so much confusion over what we should and shouldn’t eat, and buzzwords like these only add to the problem. So let’s break them down.
Naturally-Raised. These cattle are never given hormones to stimulate growth. They are not administered antibiotics unless they get sick and then they are segregated from the herd and sold as commodity cattle. They are never fed any animal based proteins supplements of any kind. EVER.
Grass-Fed means that the animal has eaten mostly grass its entire life. That being said, Grass-Fed beef can be finished with various options to enhance the final flavor profile of the beef. For example, it can be Grass-Finished, or Grain-Finished to fatten up the cow right before processing, and sometimes a combination of grass and grain to create a final flavor profile of the beef for the best possible taste.
Grass-fed, Grain Supplement. Our expert butchers agree that eating grass is extremely important, but 99% of our local restaurants and consumers prefer our animals to eat a more well-rounded diet. By letting our animals have a grass diet in combination with grain supplements, we’re able to strike a healthy (and flavorful) balance. It’s also important to make sure all feed is animal byproduct free, and free of any drugs or hazardous chemicals, which is always the case at our farms.
Questions about buying beef with us
CAN I PICK MY ORDER UP?
Of course. Just select ‘Pick it up with the Perrys’ when you check out, and we’ll reach out to schedule a pick up window.
WHERE DO YOU DELIVER?
Currently, we ship anywhere in Arizona. We do NOT ship to PO Boxes to ensure you receive our beef in a timely manner.
WHEN DO YOU DELIVER?
We deliver every 2-weeks, on Wednesday/Thursday. We will provide all tracking information, delivery dates, times, etc once we process your order.
WHY DO WE SHIP DURING THE WEEK?
We ship “next day” for our meats during the week to ensure you receive your package within 24hrs. We avoid weekends due to the possibility of delayed shipping.
HOW WILL MY ORDER BE SHIPPED?
The meat is flash frozen to lock in freshness and wrapped in kraft paper for insulation. Then, we pack the meat in a cardboard and foam insulation box combined with gel packs or dry ice, depending on quantity of meat ordered, as well as packing paper or packing peanuts to fill any remaining air-space for better insulation. We will use FedEx, UPS, or USPS, depending on quantity of meat ordered, and always with tracking information.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY MEAT ARRIVED IN GOOD CONDITION?
Once your box is delivered, it can sit outside for approximately 6-8 hours. *This can vary based on temperature and location, especially in Arizona, so we recommend bringing your box in ASAP! You don’t need to be home for delivery.
Don’t worry if your box arrives without any dry ice, or if your meat isn’t frozen solid. Meat should be below 40°F upon opening. It is also okay if the gel packs are not frozen, as long as they are still cold. If you’re still not sure, rely on your nose. Meat that is spoiled will smell sour and be very sticky to the touch. If the box is damaged or opened, please contact us immediately.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE RETURNS?
Given the perishable nature of the product, we do not accept returns. If there is a problem with your order, contact customer service and we will work to make it right.