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Dear PoPville – Door to door meat sales?

“Dear PoPville,

Once again, the friendly fellows from Capital Meats appeared at my door this evening, offering AMAZING bargains. (So they say.) Anyone buy from the door-to-door meat guys? Am I missing out on the best kept secret in meat?”

Their Web site says:

Family owned since 1997, and founded in Winchester, Va., the owners of Capital Meats, Inc. (CMI) chose to focus on consumer convenience without losing quality or value. Always on the run themselves, they found the concept of frozen, individually wrapped portions, a fast and easy solution for their family to still enjoy a nutritious and delicious meal at any time. Capital Meats, Inc. (CMI), now delivers the same convenient solution right to your front door.

CMI sells a variety of quality meats, including steak, seafood, chicken and pork. All poultry, beef, and pork products distributed by Capital Meats, Inc. come from American processing plants, and our seafood products come from a wide variety of national and international locations to ensure you receive the very best quality, regardless of seasonal changes. We receive fresh, frozen shipments each week from the processing and packaging facilities located across America, and then deliver it directly to your door – cutting out the grocery store “middle man.”

All CMI products are USDA inspected and approved. All of our Beef selections are either USDA Choice or USDA Prime. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grades beef products based on several criteria, including marbling, maturity or age, texture, firmness and color. The three grades of beef that you will find in stores are USDA SELECT, CHOICE or PRIME with PRIME being the highest quality. Only 2-3% of all beef in America is graded USDA PRIME, and has at least 8% marbling. You can find these cuts of steaks in the top steakhouses around the country, like Mortons and Ruth Chris’s.

All CMI products are flash frozen and vaccuum sealed. The term “fresh” is highly deceptive. All beef needs to be aged for flavor and can be either dry aged or wet aged for up to three weeks. So, when a store says they have “fresh” beef, they mean that is either beef that has not been aged (and will not have much, if any, flavor), or they mean that the beef has been aged, but never frozen (and will only last for 24-48 hours before the meat will begin to purge their natural juices, resulting in less flavor). Capital Meats steaks have been dry-aged to perfection, and then, at the peak of their flavor and tenderness, vacuum-sealed and flash-frozen.

The vacuum seal locks out any air and locks in all the juices and nutrients. This is important because when air gets into the meat, the meat continues to age and goes bad. The flash freezing process instantly freezes the juices inside the meat, allowing you to keep the meat in your freezer for a long period of time and know that the meat will be the same as the day when it was frozen at the processing plant; at the peak of its flavor! We are so confident in the vacuum seal and flash freezing process, that Capital Meats, Inc. guarantees all of our products against freezer burn for 12 months.

Though unsolicited sales of meat does sound a bit strange. Anyone ever buy from them or have them stop by?

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