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How to Build the Perfect truLOCAL Box

How do you get the most value in your truLOCAL box? How do you maximize your meat, for the same amazing fixed price? Here is the inside scoop on how to build your best truLOCAL box.


It's no secret that my husband and I are huge fans of truLOCAL. Ever since we first tried out the service, we've loved the quality of the products, the convenience of monthly deliveries, and the incredible customer service. It's helped us save time, money, and even do more batch cooking to make our time in the kitchen more efficient!


A few months ago, I shared a step-by-step guide to building your first truLOCAL box. It's all about de-mystifying the ordering process by showing you exactly how beginning a subscription works, including some of my tips and advice along the way.


It seemed to help many of you, so for today's post, I'll be sharing more tips on ordering from truLOCAL. This time, we'll focus on how to build the perfect box. Plus, I'm super excited to be sharing some of the best insider tips straight from Irma of the truLOCAL team.


If you'd rather watch a video about  building your truLOCAL box, check out the episode of truLOCAL TV that covers it in detail. Otherwise, let's jump in by summarizing some of Irma's best tips! This advice will help you maximize your truLOCAL order, and get the most from your subscription.


#1. Choose the Regular Size Box.

As I mentioned in my "how to order" video, ordering the regular box is really wise. It gives you much more value: the $249 price tag will give you up to 40 individual portions, whereas the small box, priced at $125, will give you up to 18 individual portions. That means you're getting 20% more value with the regular box. Both box sizes will fit in an average-sized freezer, so there's no need to be intimidated by the regular box.


Worried it will be too much food? Don't be! You can always pause your subscription or change your order frequency if you need more time before your next delivery.


#2. Pick the Cuts with Multiple Servings.

By picking cuts that will last you a long time, you can get more out of your dollar. Some examples are ground meats or sausages. These are cuts that will yield multiple servings and/or last for multiple meals.


Here are some ways we've made the most out of these cuts:


Ground Meat: Use this in a beef or turkey chili, shepherd's pie, or lasagna.


Sausages: Cut them up and use them in a big skillet pasta dish.



#3. Swap Between Simpler and Fancier Cuts.

This is such an awesome tip and one I had no idea about until I saw the truLOCAL TV episode! Irma suggests switching your box contents between your staples (chicken breasts, ground meats, bacon, etc.) and fancier cuts (grass-fed strip steak, scallops, etc.). This way, you can keep your most-used products available and create more of a "value" box, and then also treat yourself to some more premium products you may not eat as regularly.


Want to see this in action? At around 3:15 in the episode, Irma shares two example boxes: a more value-based box, and a more premium one. I love this since you can see the differences between the two and the approaches you can take to customizing your box.


There you have it: 3 ways to maximize your truLOCAL box! Subscribe to truLOCAL's YouTube channel for more helpful tips.


Article By:


Kate Irwin


Beyond the Safe Harbor



Posted on September 17th, 2020