27 June, 2017

Why a Freezer Meal Workshop will change your Life!

Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshops

 What’s for dinner? John Henry’s has the answer to the question so many of us ask ourselves every night, Freezer Meal Workshops! What is a freezer meal workshop, you ask? Freezer meal workshops include recipes, meat (pre-cut and portioned), and spices all ready to assemble. All you have to provide is the veggies and some pantry item staples. There are 12 different menus’ to choose from and meats can be substituted if there is anything your family does not like. The best part is you will be sure your family is getting healthy, home cooked meals each day. John Henry’s features Wildtree spices, which are designed for those with food sensitivities and allergies. Gluten free, paleo and whole 30 approved, there is something for everyone.

Are you already a meal planning expert? These workshops can still benefit you. When you invite those in your life who struggle with meal planning they will be thanking you for months for introducing them to the workshop. The freezer meals are also great gifts for someone who just had a baby or someone who has lost a loved one. Most of the meals that are made at the workshop feed a family of 4 twice. If your family is smaller you can further divide the workshop into smaller dinners. Whether you are single or have a large family, everyone can benefit from this.

We offer open workshops at several locations in Southeast Michigan. We also offer private workshops that can be hosted in your home or church. We will even ship your workshop right to your door via UPS so you can assemble it whenever you want!

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How does a workshop save money?
Meal planning is a huge asset in running a household and sometimes it comes easy and other times, well, not so much. With a John Henry’s Freezer Meal Workshop the cost for each meal is under $4.00 a serving! That is less than a meal at McDonalds, and so much healthier.

Example: Wildtree spice bundle $89.00 + John Henry’s meat bundle $171.00 + organic veggies (You must provide your own) $30.00 = $280.00
each dinner has approximately 8 servings (these can be divided depending on family size). We will be making 10 dinners. $280.00 divided by 10 dinners = $28.00 per dinner. $28.00 divided by 8 servings = $3.50 per serving.
This final cost can be brought down even lower if you have some veggies and some canned goods in your pantry.

How does a workshop save time?
Once you have registered for an event or ordered your bundle for home delivery we will email a small grocery list of veggies and any other things you will need.
Step 1: Head to the grocery store (approx. 30 mins).
Step 2: Chop your veggies and fill a couple of bags with some of the other items you picked up at the store, such as tomato sauce or carrots (approx. 20-60 minutes depending on the amount of ingredients).
Step 3: Bring your bags, measuring cups, and favorite apron to the workshop (or if you chose home delivery you are all set!). John Henry’s will have all of the meats, spices, recipes, labels and some extra ingredients waiting for you. The meat is already cut and divided into bags for each meal!
Step 4: Assemble the meals. In less than 2 hours you will walk away with 10 full sized or 20 half sized healthy meals, ready to put in your freezer.
Step 5: Cook and enjoy! Most meals can be cooked and on your table in 30 mins or less!


If you find yourself strained for time, on a limited budget, worried your family is eating healthy, or just worn out while you keep going… A Freezer Meal workshop is something that is a must. If you feel you “don’t have time” for it, you definitely don’t have the time not to do it! 

John Henry’s Bone in Chicken

Hi everyone, it’s Alicia here, filling in while Katie is on maternity leave. I want to highlight our amazing bone in chicken for you.  Our butcher Jesse cuts it fresh right off a whole chicken just for you. We have wings, thighs, breasts, and drumsticks, all mouthwatering, lean, and juicy. There are so many things you can cook with them; your family will never be bored with dinner again!

There are so many foods I love to make using our John Henry’s bone in chicken.  Chicken soup, chicken & dumplings, fried chicken, BBQ chicken on the grill….Mmm! I like to keep a little of everything in my freezer, so that when the mood strikes I can whip up any of my favorites. My personal favorite is chicken and dumplings using my husband’s grandmother’s recipe. I use bone in thighs or drumsticks, boil them down to make the broth, and the meat falls right off the bone. My husband loves barbeque, so grilling out and using some of his sister’s special recipe BBQ sauce is a must for a summer party. And of course we can’t forget wings. My husband loves wings, and with all of the Wildtree recipes I can try something new every time.

Working here at John Henry’s has really opened my eyes to the differences between store bought meats and our pasture raised, grass fed meats. I don’t know about you, but I definitely like not having to worry about what is in the meat I am eating. I know that our chickens are only fed corn, alfalfa, peas, and bugs and that their feed is completely organic and GMO free. I do not have to worry that there will be any antibiotics, arsenic, or other drug residues. (I just can’t believe that those things are in the grocery store chicken I was eating before!) The most important thing to me though, is knowing our animals are raised humanely and are able to enjoy being outside in the pasture and that they are not subjected to the terrible abuse of factory farming. 

Hormone Free Grass-Fed Beef, Pastured Turkey Pork, Open Range Chicken

The benefits of eating pasture raised, grass-fed meats are hard to deny. From the extra nutrients to the shaky ethics surrounding commercially raised animals, pasture-raised cows and free range chickens win every time. While we hear the most about steaks and beef, the same benefits can apply to any animal raised without hormones in its natural habitat. Typically pork or chicken is referred to as pasture raised, or free range instead, as these animals are natural omnivores and eat a little of everything. Our family farm produces grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free range turkey and chicken. Our gourmet meats and dairy products are shipped fresh to customers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and the Chicago, Illinois area. Pastured pork, beef, chicken, and turkey is not only better for the animal, but it’s also better for the consumer too. If you’ve shopped for meats at most grocery stores, you probably saw bright red packages of similar shapes and sizes, which is different from the varying packages of beef you would find when shopping with an small, local farmer. Each animal is unique, and John Henry’s doesn’t use steroids, hormones, or fatty feeds on our farm. This produces a higher-quality cut of meat that can vary in size, shape, and color depending on what muscles were exercised more. Grass-fed beef, and pasture raised turkey, pork, and chicken also have fat that is more yellow due to healthy beta carotenes that are present. We also cut each of our meats fresh and ship it to you the same day! If you haven’t tried grass-fed beef, pastured pork, or free range turkey and chicken you don’t know what you’re missing. Save $10 on your first shipment with promo code “New10” John Henry’s ships to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennesee, New England, Virginia, West Virginia, THe Carolinas, And more!