I didn’t mean to be dramatic with the possibility that I will NEVER order from Wild Fork Foods again but hear me out before ordering from them. Trust me, there are better options.
In this Wild Fork Foods review, we will compare Wild Fork Foods with one of my favorite places to order meat online, Snake River Farms. Other shops offer better meat options.
While some people would say that Wild Fork Foods is growing quickly, I cannot help but think it is not the case.
There are still large shops that are almost empty every time I enter.
As for the meat, I am not as pleased with the products compared to other shops.
I would rather go with local butcher shops or order from Snake River Farms and choose what I want than go with Wild Fork Foods.
There are some pretty decent products, and if you are an excellent cook, you can work around the meat from Wild Fork Foods.
However, there is a bigger issue around the products.
So with this review, I will be pointing out the flaws that I found from Wild Fork Foods so that you can prevent getting bad products or at least be intrigued enough to try how bad they are.
It’s A Frozen World at WILD FORK FOODS
All the products from Wild Fork Foods are frozen.
When I say that the meat, vegetables, and other products are frozen, everything is frozen, and you cannot find fresh meat there.
The shops are filled with freezers that put different cuts of meat side by side.
This is not that big of a deal since the packages are sealed, but they could have labeled the meat cuts.
You will have to find the meat that you want by yourself.
There are no labels on the freezers, so you have to look inside each freezer to see if the label is right for the meat that you are looking for.
Not only that but the place is cold.
In temperature and the overall environment, there are so many different empty shops that Wild Fork Foods has.
When I first entered their shop, I was not overwhelmed by the size of the shop, it was the emptiness that surprised me. So I figured, that should mean something.
The stores are great, they are clean and well ventilated, however, they are always almost empty.
So you can go to their shop if you do not want crowded shopping aisles.
Although I love meat, the frozen shop was not pleasing.
I had to go around and try to look for the cut that I wanted, and since they are frozen, I could not judge how good the meat was.
When it comes to deliveries, I would prefer frozen meat as this preserves it while it is being shipped.
However, when I come to a shop, I expect at least one cut of meat to be fresh.
That is not the case with Wild Fork Foods as everything is frozen and is cut in specific sizes.
So you have to deal with the packed cut of meat that you see in the large freezers.
Specifying Cuts is not possible at WILD FORK FOODS
Speaking of cuts, the shop does not offer a service that cuts meat for you.
Since everything is pre-packaged and frozen, you need to choose from the ones that you see in the freezers.
Most butcher shops that I go to will ask you how much you need.
This is beneficial, especially for me who loves being accurate regarding the amount of food that I cook.
This also helps you talk to someone and ask them the best cut for a specific recipe.
Wild Fork Foods does not offer that, so you have to choose from what you see.
Since you cannot specify the weight or the thickness of the cut, you have to adjust with what you get from the shop.
This is pretty inconvenient when it comes to feeding large groups of people.
While you can find different cuts of meat in the shop, you will have to go with the pre-packaged and weighed cuts of meat in the large freezers. At least they mention the accurate weight.
Unpleasant Food Arrangement
I grew up in a pretty rural area which means that occasionally, I get to see some exotic food.
However, this shop is one step closer to being a perfect example of bad storekeeping.
When you enter the shop and look in the freezers, there is a possibility that you will see a great cut of ribeye steak or a well-marbled tomahawk steak, but then there would be something else.
The shop does not put the different cuts of meat in separate freezers.
In the same freezer that you find wagyu beef, you will also see an alligator fillet or ground ostrich meat right beside it.
See, I have nothing with people who eat alligator fillet or other exotic animals.
I have an issue with the store itself that puts the pale white alligator meat right beside the ribeye steaks.
You will also see ground wild boar, ground yak, and more.
The shop could at least arrange the cuts of meat or sort them out by putting labels on what animals they come from.
It’s not like the shop has limited freezers, they have large freezers, and they have a lot of them too.
So one way to improve is to maybe at least label and separate the usual steak from alligator meat.
No Sales At All
Wild Fork Foods might not have the most expensive prices when it comes to meat.
However, they never offer sales to encourage customers to buy from them and see good cuts.
I mean, I get that the shop sells at lower prices than most meat dealers but having a sale once in a while will not harm you.
This is also a perfect opportunity to replace older cuts from the freezers.
Having seasonal or at least twice a year sales will encourage people to go and buy from the shop.
This will allow you to put fresh produce that will also encourage people to buy from you.
However, this shop does not believe in customer satisfaction as they never put up sales.
I am not part of the marketing team, but I think this will bring up sales even as a customer.
The thing is, I do not consider frozen food that big of a deal, I do eat frozen food.
However, Wild Fork Foods put this on another level by packing multiple cuts in one bag so you need to cook them.
The packages that Wild Fork Foods contain multiple cuts.
I mean that packages contain three or more separate cuts, so you need to defrost all of them.
Once you defrost meat, you need to cook it right away so it does not get contaminated.
You also cannot freeze thawed meat again as it already has bacteria that can degrade the meat.
This is very frustrating, especially if you live alone.
That means that you are forced to cook multiple steaks or at least three burgers that you need to consume right away.
Wild Fork Foods Vs Snake River Farms
Right off the bat, Snake River Farms takes the lead in the quality of meat that they offer.
You can see how well-cared the animals are with the cut of meat that they produce.
Wild Fork Foods sources meat from different shops, which means that you cannot rely on authenticity.
You need to make sure that you read the package carefully to see where the meat came from.
With Snake River Farms, you can be sure that the meat they produce or sell only comes from their farm or one of the top-rated family-owned farms in Northwest America.
That means that the meat they produce is not abused and is not fed with growth hormones.
You can see how healthy the meat is as it will not turn bad as quickly when it is frozen.
Quality Of Meat
The thing is, there is nothing bad with the meat that Wild Fork Foods sell.
That is if you have to cook the large cuts or multiple pieces of meat in one package simultaneously.
The quality of meat that they produce is not that bad as well.
There are high-grade wagyu from Japan, and I liked it as long as it was cooked the right way.
I say that they pass the USDA Prime options which sets an already high standard.
As long as you cook the meat right after you defrost it, I see nothing wrong with meat quality.
On the other hand, Snake River Farms not only passes the USDA Prime standards but it exceeds them. The meat that they produce is so good that they exceed the standards set for them.
The meat usually receives a gold or black grade rating that is way higher than the USDA requires.
So again, Snake River Farms has the better quality when it comes to meat.
Is Steak Better From Snake River Farms?
As I have mentioned right above, the meat that Snake River Farms sells is way better than most cuts that you will find in other shops.
They exceed the USDA Prime standards so they are great.
The steaks are no different, and they are certainly better than most.
You get great marbling on the steaks, which means that the steak you cook will hardly dry out even on high heat.
Snake River Farms also sources Wagyu beef from companies in Japan and American Wagyu beef in the U.S. to make sure that they are authentic and the marbling is done right.
That is why it is understandable that the price is a bit high.
You see, Snake River Farms makes sure that they offer only the best quality meat, so the price is a bit higher than most.
Will I Order From Wild Fork Foods Again?
It will be my last resort, that’s for sure. I do not eat meat that often, so as long as I can avoid it, I will not buy from Wild Fork Foods again, at least in the near future.
For someone who occasionally eats steaks or expensive cuts, I would rather spend more money on more expensive cuts from Snake River Farms than those from Wild For Foods.
I prefer quality over the cheaper price that Wild Fork Foods offers, so I will not order from them again.
This is my preference and you might have a different one.
So if you eat meat more often, then you might want to go with the cheaper choice.
Then again, never limit yourself too much when it comes to buying food, go with the best quality always!