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OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- I recently ordered from Omaha Steaks for the first time. I've sent their products as gifts before, but never ordered for myself. Went online with the special offer and code they had mailed me. Within minutes had the order placed (The American Celebration package), entered the code for my discount ($20 off), and all was good.

Within minutes I received email confirmation of my order, and the next day (Saturday) it had shipped. They sent me an email to let me know the tracking info (sent UPS). In that email was a link that took me directly to the UPS tracking site, with my tracking code already entered. Very nice.

The package arrived exactly when it was supposed to. The entire order was neatly packaged, including the free items (additional food and a six-piece cutlery set). As I unloaded the food into our downstairs freezer, I realized that the box it was shipped in was really just a nice, styrofoam cooler, which I can keep to cool things later! (Nice size for a picnic.) Nothing but some plastic to dispose of.

Included in the package were some catalogs, a recipe book with cooking instructions, and even a little "Conversations Starter" thing. The Convo thing was a bunch of small cards with questions on them, like "Where were you when John Lennon was shot?" You use them when you invite your friends over to eat the food you had just ordered!

Tonight I grilled a some of the Steak Burgers and Gormet Franks (HUGE FRANKS!), and I have to say that they were simply delicious. I followed their cooking guidelines, and they came out perfect. I am looking forward to eating the Filet Mignon and Top Sirloins. The stuffed Sole with Scallops & Crabmeat don't appeal to me or my wife, so someone we know is going to get a nice surprise!

All in all, there is enough food for 15 meals (one meal each for me and my wife). When I factor in the discount and the shipping charges, that's about $4.50 per meal. Considering the quality of the food, that's pretty darn inexpensive. (Of course, we need to add the other food to flesh out the entire meal; this is just for the main course.)

I will definitely order from Omaha Steaks again. Looks like they have breakfast foods as well, so I may start experimenting with a little bit of everything. Not one blip in my entire experience with this company.
     
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madconsumer on 2009-09-10:
they do have great meats!

although, they never have the 12oz fillets. unless things have changed.
Anonymous on 2009-09-10:
If anybody knows about great meats, it's mad
jktshff1 on 2009-09-10:
If you really want good meat (OK no bs) check around your area for locally produced organic beef. I don't eat a lot of beef, but my local guys are great. No hormones, additives etc.
madconsumer on 2009-09-10:
jkt, that is what I do.
jktshff1 on 2009-09-10:
There is a totally different flavor vs commercial. Veggies, other meats etc.
That's what I was raised on. We grew most of what we ate. Still keep an organic garden.
It's all that crap they are putting in our food that screws things up.
Anonymous on 2009-09-10:
mundo, thanks for the post. It's good to hear about the good companies out there!

jkt, I agree with the organic meat and vegetables. I rarely eat anything processed or made with chemicals.

We buy our meat at a place in Singapore called the Swiss Butchery. It's organic and grass fed--all from Australia. Yeah, we pay more, but we also eat less. The taste is far superior than the mass-produced stuff in the grocery stores.

Here's a tip. I used to think that if the meat turned brown, it must not be any good or it was old. It turns brown, naturally, hours after its been cut. I just found out that if the meat stays red or pink (before cooking), dye has been used to preserve the color. Never buy that stuff!
jktshff1 on 2009-09-10:
kia, it's called aged properly when it's that brown/gray color. We used to have a smokehouse, many times I've cut a piece of salted, smoked ham and ate it raw, course momma wasn't looking.
Singapore, Swiss Butchery, Australia....that tell ya something?? LOL!
Anonymous on 2009-09-10:
I was looking at ground beef at Costco once. They had trays of ground beef that looked all nice and pink and fresh, and tubes of ground beef that looked brown and nasty. The tubes of beef cost a bit less than the trays. The butcher told me it was the exact same beef, just that there was less air in the tubes. He said when we opened it, it would turn nice and pink like the stuff in the trays - and it is a bit less expensive.

He was right! (Just a shame I don't buy enough ground beef to make it worth my while at Costco. Who needs a ton of the stuff but the Brady Bunch?)
Ytropious on 2009-09-10:
I used to work for a retail Omaha Steaks location. We got a great discount on the products so I got to try a lot of it. It's good stuff really. BUT from working on the other end of the counter I can tell you that the sales strategies are bad. Like, there's a top tier price for everything that people rarely pay because everything is always "on sale" in one form or another, so it makes you look like you're getting a good price when you're actually paying what we considered the regular price. Also we got to see what the company actually paid for the foods and there's a HUGE markup. I know a lot of places have high mark up but my god, some of the mark ups I found were huge. As for those package deals, those are always the best way to go value wise.
Anonymous on 2009-09-10:
Mundo, they now sell organic ground beef at our Costco in WA--it's in smaller packages too. As for the beef turning pink after it was opened, it's not supposed to do that according to the chef I talked to. Makes you wonder.
Anonymous on 2009-09-10:
The meat in the tube looked fresher after it was opened. Definitely.
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Last day for TOTALLY free Shipping
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If you've never tried Omaha Steaks, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to do so, or to order that great gift for a certain someone. Today is the LAST day of their TOTALLY free shipping. I ordered my father in law some fillet mignon today. I found their website a bit wacky, so I just called them up and ordered by phone. Seems there's no tax, or else it's included as the price they quoted me was the price that was on the website - there was no add ons. Check 'em out at OMAHASTEAKS.com. Consider this a specialty item, it arrives frozen to your door or anyone else's who'd like to get a great gift in the mail - far better than sending your wife to your local butcher. Slim this is likely out of your price-range, so I can understand your frustration at not being able to afford quality beef. Stick to your homeless shelter meals.

You may have to MENTION the FREE delivery over the phone to get it, not sure - but most savvy consumers always ask about promotions and discounts when they do business.
     
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Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
Great informative!
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
mmmmm.filetmignon.mmmmm

The bacon wrapped filets are awesome!
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
Yeah, not bad - not a big fan of their "gourmet burgers" though, kind of gamey.
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
If I want a good steak I go to the BUTCHER not the mailman, the UPS driver or even the "telly." I have heard of them but like clothes or shoes, I like to "touch and feel" before buying......(SH) Somewhat Helpful.
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
This product and service is mostly provided for those of us who don't live check to check.
DebtorBasher on 2008-04-29:
Hmmmmmmmmmmm....I don't know...Like ZZ said, I'd rather pick my own...if you get it delivered, you HAVE to take what they pick for you and I don't like anyone chosing meats for me. Only the best of meat for the Basher Burgers. But I have heard some good things about this company...It just wouldn't be for me.
Pirate, Have you ever ordered from Schwan? I know quite a few people who orders from them...from the sound of it, they must offer a lot of different things. I've never tried them though.
DebtorBasher on 2008-04-29:
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
It's a good product and a good gift - something to send and make an impression.
bttrcup9 on 2008-04-29:
I have ordered from Schwan's and they are wonderful. They will also come to your house with a freezer truck and you can buy their terrific dinners on the spot!
Principissa on 2008-04-29:
I just can't order meat without looking at it first. I buy all my meat from our local butcher. I don't like other people handling my food and picking out my cut of meat. I want what I want not what someone tells me I'm going to get.
Slimjim on 2008-04-29:
I could see if the prices were good but for the money they charge, delivered or not, I'd much rather pick my own meat.
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
It's a specialty delivery item - best for a gift to impress. Steaks to your door probably aren't for some who aren't used to home food delivery. If walmart's more your style, then have at it.
Principissa on 2008-04-29:
Wal*Mart and meat in the same sentence. The two just really don't sound like a good match. I'll stick with my butcher Dave. He cuts a gorgeous porterhouse.
Anonymous on 2008-04-29:
Tell "dave" to send that as a gift and see what traction you get.
Slimjim on 2008-04-29:
I'm with you princi. My wife goes to the butcher to select our meat. Sure beats living on frozen Weight Watchers and ravioli dinners.
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What are they made of?
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MICHIGAN -- I very frequently make purchases from Omaha Steak Co. Nothing like tossing a steak(s) on the barbie. I purchase by 'package', e.g., Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin, Pork Chops, Stuffed Sole, and Potatoes au Gratin. Depending on what's being offered at the particular time, I'm shipped at no additional charge the Gourmet Steak Burgers and/or the Gourmet Franks. Of course, each shipment contains the 6-pc. useless cutlery set and a cutting board.

I question what kind of meat is used to make the franks and burgers. IMHO, both are tasteless. The casing on the franks turns tough after being cooked. I prefer Eckrich or Oscar Mayer when I want a hot dog. Although attractive prior to cooking, the burgers seem to be overly ground meat of some sort and have a mushy consistency.

If purchased individually, I think these two items are over priced. GFS offers a 5# box of Sirloin Patties for only $13.99. Now, that's a burger!

Omaha Steaks, I think you should add more spices/herbs to your franks and not grind the meat so finely when making your burgers. Perhaps add more thought to these two items rather than spending money on the cutlery sets (which go right into the dumpster when I receive them) and the cutting boards. I have a collection of eight of them right now. But I guess I can always use another small cutting board.
     
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Anonymous on 2006-06-03:
Yeah, I'm not thrilled by the burgers either. Not sure why, if they're gamey or what, but as an add-on, I'm not interested. (tr) I've found that the frozen chicken breasts are no different than the ones I can buy in my grocery freezer case. (tr)
Doc J on 2006-06-03:
Ponie-Try Hebrew National franks (dinner type or reg). Yummy!
Anonymous on 2006-06-03:
"Best" being relative to what you've had before. Personally, I've had better, but not bad for delivered to your door.
Ponie on 2006-06-03:
Pirate, I've never tried the chicken because my Sis says they're too dry. She said they're not worth the price charged.
Doc, I've seen Hebrew National many times in the supermarkets. Think the next time I have a coupon off on them, I'll give them a try. Never let it be said I'm cheap. Prefer to think I'm 'frugal.' :)
Siffer, a store recently opened about 15 miles from me in Rochester MI. Haven't been there yet. Do the stores offer the 'packages' as in the snail mail and email I've always ordered from? If so, I may take a run out there as soon as I finish the last couple of filets I have in the freezer. With grilling season getting into full swing and all the freeloaders I have over, I'm ready for a new supply. Just kidding. I like having people over. They do the grilling and I sit back with a cold one in each hand.
Ponie on 2006-06-03:
Thanks, Siffer. I'll take a run out there some time this week.
Anonymous on 2006-06-03:
No, locally, if you go to a butcher/meat store, you'll pay a bit more, but get the best grade of beef. Grocery stores carry cheaper cuts for a reason. (tr) But hey, I'd suggest if you're satisfied with the lesser cuts, then for heaven's sakes, don't sample the higher end stuff! You'll be sorely disappointed next time if you can't afford the best. (tr)
Anonymous on 2006-06-03:
I like the big meaty beefy Hebrew National brand. Also Costco has a great meat selection. However, why not email Omaha meats and ask them, http://www.omahasteaks.com
Anonymous on 2006-06-03:
Great post Mrs. M, you deserve a star!
Doc J on 2006-06-03:
I once ordered from Omaha. I keep kosher and was living where "resonably fresh" was the best I could hope for. Omaha was pricey, but they had kosher. Otherwise, if you have a good market don't bother with them.
glc on 2006-06-03:
I have tried Hebrew National (and have answered to a higher authority) and I find Sabrett somewhat tastier. To answer Ponie's question as to what kind of meat is used in the franks, I checked Wikipedia and here is what they say: Hot dogs are generally regarded as unhealthy insofar as most have high sodium, fat and nitrate content. Contents can also be questionable, with cheaper types of hot dogs having been known to contain snouts, ears and organ meat blended. Bon apetit!
Anonymous on 2006-06-04:
When it comes to Omaha, the feeling is mutual. (get it?, mutual of Omaha? Do I have to explain everything?)
Anonymous on 2006-06-04:
Don't know who biz is, but top grade beef is a bit pricey, I'd be surprised if that's what you're buying. (tr)
Ponie on 2006-06-04:
glc, I guess whoever posted that info on Wikipedia never had a frank from Omaha Steaks. If they were high in sodium, I'd at least taste salt. They're just bland, bland, bland. Since anyone can edit or post an entry on Wikipedia, please don't take them as an authoritative source. Search for your own name. A friend of mine put on a humorous entry about me. I realize if I want a truly good steak, the best place is a high-end restaurant such as Ruth's Chris or Morton's. For the convenience and quality, I'll continue to buy from Omaha Steaks for grilling when I have friends over. Maybe I can thaw the freebie burgers and make meatloaf? Not!
glc on 2006-06-04:
Hi Ponie...Wikipedia is an encyclopedia-type site...but no matter what they say, I'll still have my Sabretts!
Anonymous on 2006-06-04:
Hmmm, it appears they offer a home delivery service, at least at first glance. I'll have to try them next time.
FYI10 on 2007-07-09:
Can't imagine ordering meat by mail. Yuck. Over-consumption of red meat is not meant for humans anyway.
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