What can I say? I’m a subscriber. It started back when I was a kid and magazines were still a thing. I saved up my allowance so I could get Games magazine sent to my parents post office box every month. Next I took advantage of paying one cent for 10 cassette tapes by my favourite bands. It’s true I had to return a lot of terrible music over the following years to avoid being charged for the displeasure, but hey, 10 albums for a penny!
To paraphrase one of those great musicians, times have changed greatly since then. I’m a lot taller and, unfortunately, a lot wider. And the subscription world is almost unrecognizable. Wired magazine arrives every month on my iPad without the assistance of a mailperson (see what I did there?) I’ve signed up with Spotify to get free music. Yeah, okay the ads are annoying, but listening to every album ever made for free still beats 10 records for a penny! But the real game changer for me, the thing that’s revolutionized my life is my monthly steak subscription from Clubmoo. And I’m absolutely serious when I say that! I’ve always been a meat and potatoes kind of person, but to have USDA Prime steak shipped to my door every month? Let me count the ways....
The Monthly Steak Subscription Saved Me From Grocery Store Meat
I live in a small town. We have no butcher shop and only one pint sized chain grocery store. Their steaks (if they even have steaks!) are thin, tough and invariably tri tip. For those who don’t know what tri tip is, think the cheapest steak available that, until only recently, was used to make lean ground beef. Hardly the tastiest or juiciest cut out there.
My Monthly Steak Subscription Expanded My Cooking Repertoire
Every month, not only do I receive top of the line steaks, but I get unique recipes curated by some of the top chefs in the country. I never realized the nuances of steak before and thought tossing it on the grill or into a frying pan with some salt and pepper was all you needed. My eyes have, however, been opened widely. Not only do I get new recipes every month, but my first shipment also included a sous vide cooker. I never would’ve believed it if I hadn’t used it myself, but cooking a steak in a plastic bag submerged in water has provided literally the best steak I’ve ever tasted. And if you don’t believe it either, all I can say is that you never will until you try.
Michelin Star Restaurant Versus Monthly Steak Subscription
And it’s no contest! Yes, I admit there are no Michelin Star restaurants where I live, but I’ve been around! I’ve eaten steak in New York City, Dallas, Paris, Madrid and many other places and I’ve paid handsomely for the so called privilege. Some might even say I overpaid. Well, after syncing up my smartphone to my new sous vide cooker (like he said, “the times they are a changin’!”) and submerging my mailorder steak, I can definitively and defiantly state that the price of restaurant steak is too damn high! For a fraction of the price I can cook a steak that’s just as good, if not better, than what I received in a stuffy dining room in Chicago.
So there you have it. A monthly steak subscription truly did change my life. No longer does my third rate grocery store fill me with ire whenever I feel the need for a decent piece of beef. My freezer is refilled every month with quality steaks without their “help.” I no longer feel the need to pay upwards of $50 for a hit or miss steak while being treated with contempt by my servers and neighboring diners. And I’ve realized that even as we get older and the world morphs in ways we never imagined, we can learn new things, try new methods and look forward to times that keep on changing.