Frequently Asked
Questions

How do I get my order?

Pick-up is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–7pm at our Amana Farms Beef office, 3195 Highway 6 Trail, Homestead, or Wednesday from 4–7pm in the parking lot on the south side 1st Ave entrance of Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids.

During the check-out process, you will select a pick-up location, date, and time that works best for you. If you cannot use our regular pick-up hours, choose “Call me to schedule an appointment” at check-out, we will work with you to arrange the most convenient possible option.

 
When will my order be ready?

All orders are hand-picked, so, usually, your order will be ready within 1-2 business days from the date you order online. We will keep you updated if the dates move.

 
Will you deliver to friends and family outside of Iowa?

We have the capabilities to ship to any address in the United States within the lower 48 states. Our goal is to make shipping our beef safe and affordable. Please reach out to us by phone or email to work through the process and pricing with you. Allow 7-10 days for orders needing to be shipped.

 
What if I’m not satisfied with my order?

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we’ll either replace it or refund your money, whichever you prefer. Amana Farms relies on the goodwill of our customers and the heritage of producing quality, honest goods. We back up our products with a 100% guarantee.

 
Can I purchase Amana Farms Beef at the Amana Meat Shop or through their catalog?

Amana Farms Beef is not available through the Amana Meat Shop or online at amanameatshop.com.

Amana Farms Beef offers the convenience of frozen products so consumers can stock up on affordable locally raised beef. We freeze our individually hand-cut beef in vacuum-sealed packages after the aging process is complete to ensure a consistent product, pricing, and inventory throughout the year.

We are working on a new fresh program – more info to come.

Is your beef 100% USDA inspected?

Yes. A USDA-approved designation means that the processing of our beef is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. In addition to meat products, our facilities and equipment get inspected to ensure sanitary conditions.

 
How is your beef graded?

Even though processed in a USDA inspected plant, Amana Farms Beef doesn’t use the official USDA grading process. Other than USDA grading, many factors affect a quality beef eating experience, most notably the animal’s maturity, diet, and low-stress environments. Our butchers visibly inspect Amana Farms steaks, confirming marbling consistent with standards of upper quality beef. You can expect a quality marbled steak from Amana Farms Beef.  

 
How long can I keep meat frozen?

When properly stored with a tight, vacuum-packed seal, meat can last up to eight months frozen. For freshest results, we recommend cooking your meat within six months of freezing.

 
How long should beef last in the fridge once thawed?

If refrigerated immediately, we recommend cooking the meat within four days of thawing.

 
Why do you age your beef for a minimum of 21 days?

Aging beef makes it more tender. When beef ages, its natural enzymes break down the muscle tissues and create a tender and flavorful cut of steak. Wet aging locks in meats natural moisture thanks to vacuum-seal packing held at refrigerated temperatures, resulting in a greater yield and fresher tasting beef. Steaks require more than the industry minimum of 14 days to develop the more desirable complex beef flavor.

Where is your farm located?

We are not hard to find, with 26,000 acres making up the Amana Colonies. Since we are a working farm, our cropland, farmsteads, pastures, and timber are not open to the public, but you can take the eight-mile drive through the center of our farm on HWY 220 and see what we’re up to.

 

Where do you source your beef?

Our cattle are home-raised, which means they were born in Amana. Ensuring cattle are 100% born and raised on a single farm promotes the health and well-being of the herd, reducing potential outside health threats. We guarantee that every cut of beef comes from our farm and meets Amana’s high standards for quality and flavor.

 

What are your cattle fed?

Our calves are born in the spring months of March and April, roaming freely with their mothers until the end of the grass-growing season. In the fall, cattle are moved into our covered cattle barn and put on a healthy all-vegetarian diet of home and locally raised forage and corn, keeping them comfortable and safe all year round.