As some of you know, I have been striving to achieve a healthier lifestyle for myself and family. Most of the stuff that we buy in the grocery store isn’t actually good for us. And there are a lot of labels that can be deceiving or misleading to make you think that you are buying one thing but are actually getting something different. (Example: cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free).
That’s why I was super excited to be contacted by D’artagnan about trying some of their natural meats to review for free for the upcoming holiday season. D’artagnan is a company that cared about the proper treatment and overall health of animals long before it became a fad. They only work with small farms and ranches that adhere to their strict guidelines for being free-range, natural, antibiotic-free, and HUMANE.
I plan on ordering a lot more meat from them, especially now that I have learned so much about how healthy their products are and that they are insistent on the humane treatment of animals. Plus, they support small business owners, which is great for the economy.
As a bonus, they are hosting a giveaway to give two lucky readers a chance to a $500 D’artagnan shopping spree!! Click on this link to enter:
My husband and 4-year old son were also really excited to try out their food since they are both 100% carnivores.
I chose the following natural meats to review with my family:
- 4 packs of organic chicken drumsticks
- 2 buffalo burger patties
- Petite duck breasts
After I placed my order, I received the meat at my doorstep. Everything was packaged neatly in a styrofoam cooler with several ice packs. All of the meat was very cold and the ice packs were still frozen, which is a huge plus! It’s nice to know that it didn’t take long for the meat to reach my home from the time it left the D’artagnan business.
Before I get into the review, I wanted to throw some links out for you so that you can check their awesome company out!
D’artagnan Organic Chicken Drumsticks
The first D’artagnan natural meat product that we tried were some of the organic chicken drumsticks that I ordered from D’artagnan. I received 4 packages but only cooked two of the packages for our first review. 2 packages gave us a total of 9 drumsticks.
I really liked that these have never been given antibiotics, which is something that I have been more active about buying when it comes to meats. These organic chicken legs are also all-natural, have never been given growth stimulants, and no animal by-products.
They package their chicken per pound. Each leg varied in size so some packages have more than others, since they weigh each package by the pound.
I used our Big Green Egg and decided to smoke them. After doing a little internet research, I decided to smoke our organic chicken legs on 200 degrees for 2 hours.
I used my own seasonings:
First, I coated them in organic coconut oil. Then, I sprinkled paprika, lemon pepper, garlic salt, thyme, and a little bit of cumin on each leg.
I placed them directly on the grill and let them cook for the full two hours.
The end results were fabulous. They tasted delicious, were juicy, and had a lot of meat on each leg. The skin also tasted great.
I even saved the leg bones to use later for bone broth. I made sure that I stripped everything off of them down to the bone itself, rinsed and dried them, then placed them in a freezer bag. Then, I popped them in the freezer until we cook and eat the remaining legs so that I can use those bones for my broth too. Nothing is more healthy than organic bone broth, I swear!
D’artagnan Buffalo Patties
D’artagnan meat buffalo patties are packaged as “All-Natural”. They have been minimally processed, have no added hormones, and no artificial ingredients. It also says that they are 77% lower in fat than beef!
I cooked our patties in a skillet on the stove. I noticed right away that they indeed have far less fat than your typical beef patties.
They also tasted amazing: just like beef only better! I prefer these over beef patties 100% now. They’re a lot less greasy and left me full but not disgustingly “blah” full.
My husband tried one of the patties as well and he agreed on every aspect with me. He said it was less greasy but not “light”, so it made him full and kept him full.
Petite Duck Breasts
Nobody in my home has ever tried duck and we were all eager to see how these turned out. I was a bit nervous about how to cook them but was at ease when I found a recipe online that sounded fool-proof.
These D’artagnan duck breasts have never been given antibiotics, which as I previously mentioned is something that I have been actively trying to provide for my family.
I was sent “Petite Duck Breasts” and was very surprised at how large they actually were! A total of 4 duck breasts came in the package.
I found a simple recipe on the internet that doesn’t take long at all. To prep the duck breasts, you simply sprinkle them with salt and pepper and place them in a pan/skillet that has been set on medium-high heat. No need to add any oil to the pan either, since duck is so fatty!
I seared the breasts fatty-side-down first for about 6-7 minutes. Then, I flipped them over and cooked them for 1-2 minutes.
After they were seared, I popped them in the oven (400 degrees preheated) and baked them for about 12 minutes, which is longer than what most recipes say to cook them for. I don’t care, I like all of my meat cooked medium-well to well-done, especially since I’m pregnant.
They tasted delicious! Again, this was the first time anyone in my family has tried duck. They weren’t tough, even after I cooked them longer than most recipes call for. Our 4-year old son especially loved the duck.
A big THANK YOU to D’artagnan for allowing me to try out their amazing food products for free to share with my lovely blog readers! And good luck to all of those who enter their giveaway!