FAQ - Quick Answers
Where did that cool name come from?
Stay Classy Meats was born from an idea to make food today a reminiscent of an early 1900s perspective, when food was simple and ingredients were natural. We look to marry the timeless, age-old traditions of ranching and farming with the modern palate – food can taste good and be nutritious. “Stay Classy” is a throw-back to the golden-era of when meat was produced how nature intended, nutritious and clean of impurities – just like we are offering.
How long has Stay Classy Meats been in business?
We have been in the wholesale meat business in Montana for the Northern Rockies for the past 10 years. Stay Classy Meats is a new extension that allows us to delivery this high quality product currently only available at wholesale, straight to your doorstep.
Where are your farms/ranches located?
We work with about 40 different ranches and farms in the Northern Rockies region. They are all on different cycles so what is ordered one month may be different from the next month. All the ranches and farms are family owned and cater to a small batch product. This allows for the animals to live a very happy life with minimal stress.
Bison: We pull the majority of Bison from Montana, followed by Idaho and Wyoming
Elk: When we can we pull from the US, we do, mainly from Idaho, Wyoming and a little Montana. Otherwise, we source from New Zealand.
Cattle: 100% of our cattle come from Montana
Pork: The majority of our pork come from Montana and a little from Nebraska. We use only heritage breed (Berkshire, Berkshire/Tamworth mix, Huterite breeds).
Fish: Fish is sustainably sourced from Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington
Are you certified Organic?
Our animals Bison, Elk and Cattle are all free range animals, foraging on natural grasses growing wild in the fields that replenish itself yearly. We rely on nature to do its part to grow nutritious grasses so the animals have feed. Fortunately, we have a lot of water and sun so the process is very natural and efficient. We do it the old school way with our time-honored tradition which is a natural process. This is what the spirit of the organic movement is all about. We’re not certified organic for a couple important reasons 1) the animals are free range and eat naturally growing grasses in an environmentally sustainable area with abundant fresh water and naturally nutritious grasses and 2) the costs involved for the rancher/farmer are too high, even with government subsidies.
What happens if I do not like my product?
We back our product 100%. If you are not happy, we will refund or replace the product, whichever you prefer. We have been working with high-end restaurants, personal chefs and very strict co-ops/boutique natural grocers over the past 10 years.
How are our products different from what is found at the grocery store of other online retailers?
The small batch ranchers and farmers we work with all adhere to age-old practices that are not commercial in economic sense but rather highly valuable in the perseverance of husbandry practices to produce the highest quality products. The animals are fed high quality fresh feed which provides a very tasty and highly nutritious product. Our goal is to provide you the cleanest, most nutritious protein available. Our product is limited, much like you would find at a local farmer’s market. Fortunately, we have deep relationships that allow for us to secure the necessary supply to ship to you and everyone else who orders from Stay Classy Meats.
About Quality Meat
What is “ABF”
ABF is an acronym for antibiotic free. You will see this in our chicken and pork. We avoid the use of antibiotics because the ranchers/farmers with whom we work take excellent care of the animals. Animals that tend to get sick are normally near other animals, as one would find in a feedlot application.
What is “never-ever”?
Never-Ever is a term used in the meat industry to refer to a clean animal; no hormones, no antibitotics, EVER. This is a superior product, without a doubt. It not only eats and tastes better, it is better for you. Even if you do not purchase from Stay Classy Meats, please do us all a favor and only purchase Never-Ever product. This will ensure that we improve the animal husbandry in the US.
What is “blast-frozen”?
It is a process whereby the meat is frozen in freezers at a rapid rate. This advancement in meat storage revolutionized the industry. Blast freezing is a fast-freezing method that within 24 hours the product reaches 0 °F. This method not only curbs bacteria growth, it also prevents rapid nutrient deterioration. This means that the product you receive is as nutritious as it was the day it was cut.
What is “small-batch”?
Small-batch refers to the quantity of animals being raised or processed. Within the small-batch environment most farms/ranches adhere to sustainable practices and highly animal-centric. The belief that if the animal is well kept, it will eat better, be more nutritious, and preserve better. Humane handling and high animal husbandry minimizes sick animals who need antibiotics. Hormones are never needed in a small batch grass-fed setting because the animals are eating what they are supposed to eat. The lower the stress level the higher the quality.
Are these animals grass-fed?
Our cattle, bison, and elk are all free range, grass-fed animals that are supplemented on grains. We feel this allows for more of the protein-rich grass and seed (grain) to create a better tasting and more nutritious product.
Is Wagyu Beef the same as Kobe?
Wagyu is any of 4 Japanese breeds of beef cattle. Kobe is the capital city of the prefecture of Hyogo where a particular strain of Wagyu is raised. Kobe is often used in lieu of Wagyu. The Wagyu we use is an American Wagyu, this is a pure Wagyu bred with a pure Angus. It is referred to as American Wagyu, Kobe or American Kobe are the same as American Wagyu. Given the cross, it makes for the tastiest of meats you have ever tried. If you make a hamburger with this ground, for example, you will never want to go back to any other hamburger!
What is Dry-Aged?
Dry aging beef to enhance its flavor and tenderness is used by a very small number of meat purveyors for upscale hotels and restaurants and by an even smaller number of retailers for the gourmet market. Dry aging is a process whereby beef carcasses, primals, and/or subprimals are stored – without protective packaging – at refrigeration temperatures for one to five weeks to allow the natural enzymatic and biochemical processes that result in improved tenderness and the development of the unique flavor that can only be described as “dry-aged beef.”
How much is shipping?
The shipping cost is dependent on what is being purchased.
Subscription Orders: Free Shipping on orders above $130
One-Time Meat Orders between 1-9 lbs: $9.95
One-Time Meat Orders between 10-19 lbs: $12.00
One-Time Meat Orders over 20 lbs: $17.95
AK/HI Subscription Orders: $20.00
AK/HI One-Time Orders: $30.00
Where does Stay Classy Meats ship?
We ship to all 50 states. In the contiguous 48, it is 2-4 day ground/air shipment. For Alaska/Hawaii, it is 2-day air.
When will my product ship?
We pack orders on a daily basis and ship out on Mondays and Tuesdays. Orders received over the weekend we try to get them packed and shipped out on Monday or Tuesday. While we cannot guarantee that these orders will ship out on Monday or Tuesday, we do our best to get them out as quickly as we can.
Why is there a delay between ordering and shipping?
The small batch family ranches, farms and processors require substantial lead time and we curate a blend of products from this availability. We don’t work with large commercial operations and this means we have longer lead times to build the orders for customers
This is a custom curated program that rotates to small rural ranching and farming communities across the Northern Rockies and we build orders for this program based on demand.
Essentially our customers are buying into a CSA (community supported agriculture)/ Farmers Market type product offering and because of this we can’t start it out with all the product on hand. There is a limited supply and there will be an advantage for customers to sign up early to guarantee product.
We will quickly move to decrease this delay as we build up demand and sales for our product.
How long does it take to receive my product?
We ship all products 2-4 day (ground or air). All orders will be shipped out Monday-Tuesday for a Wednesday-Friday arrival.
Will the product ship fresh or frozen?
All the product we offer is frozen. It is held in a sub -10 freezer. This ensures the produce remains high quality. We will use frozen gel packs to maintain the temperature in shipping for up to 6 days (your order will arrive in 2-4 days).
Will the product arrive frozen?
Shipping meat across the USA is not a perfect science. We currently use a 1.5in compostable (non-GMO corn starch that desintegrates in warm water and is septic-friendly, sewer-friend, and compost-friendly) cooler inside a true double-walled corrugated box and we add at least 1lb no sweat gel packs to keep all the contents cold. We do our absolute best to ensure the product arrives frozen. At times, the product will arrive thawed or partially thawed. This is ok, and even if you decide to re-freeze the meat, the quality will remain high because the product started out extremely high quality.
Do I Have To Be Home When My Order Arrives?
No, our packages are designed to keep the meat frozen at your front door until the end of the day it arrives. Just put it in the freezer or refrigerator when you get home. The USDA recommends, meat that is cool to the touch (between 32F-40F) is perfectly fine to return to a freezer setting. USDA Food Safety Facts
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