Our first year, we worked as a co-op group who “cow shared”-
meaning everyone got equal amounts from all the cuts of the animal. Working like
this we learned to value the importance of respectfully using all parts of the
animal. We and our customers benefited from including varied types and cuts of
meat in our diets. This includes organ meats as well as all cuts of the front
quarter of the animal. We pride ourselves on having all available for our
We traveled the country, meeting ranchers raising cattle,
lamb, duck and poultry, searching for growers who raise animals how we want:
outdoors, on pasture, room to move around, access to clean water, with no
hormones, no antibiotics, kindly treated, raised with “family/social” groups and
in close proximity to processing facilities to minimize travel. Only when we
find growers who meet our high expectation for animal welfare do we add products
to our menu. We first offered beef and lamb, then duck, then organic free-range
chickens. We have introduced many hand made specialty items in the time since
then and look forward to continuing adding to our offering of the best that Artzenu
has to offer.
We want food that we can feed our family. Therefore, we
oversee the whole production process from the grower to your door to ensure no
games are played with the meat. We never add additives, preservatives, water
injections, nitrites, phosphates, chemicals or preservatives or enhancers of any
kind to any of our products. We bring you fully natural and healthily prepared
meats. We struggled to find kid friendly or ready to eat meats that were free of
nitrates, food colorings, gluten, alcohol, grains and added oils, so we decided
we needed to make them ourselves. Our sausages, beef burgers, hand cured beef
bacon are all made exclusively with natural ingredients so you and your kids can
We at Arteznu believe that our products should be
healthy not just for the body but for the soul as well. That is why we hold
ourselves to the highest standards of Kashrut. We hold all our products
to the most rigorous Badatz standards and higher.
Beef, Lamb and Goat- Knives are checked before and after every
animal is slaughtered. Animals are only brought in one at a time for shechting.
All the meat is Chalak L’Chumra, meaning that is acceptable both to Askenazic
and Sephardic opinions. The lungs as well as stomach, and any relevant
internal organ, are checked to make sure the animal was completely healthy and
is Chalak. חלק לדעת המהר"ן הבית יוסף ולחומרות הרמ"א.
Chickens and Ducks are shechted at a peaceful rate of 10
per minute. Knives are checked after every 15 fowl are slaughtered. All lungs,
tendons, and intestines are checked and the backs are split open before salting
to ensure completely Mehadrin animals.
Any animal which does not uphold these Kashrut checks are not included in
We believe that animals need to be treated well during the shechita
process and are vigilant to only work in factories and slaughterhouses that are:
1) Certified through the veterinary services of Misrad Habriut and the
Misrad Hachaklaut. 2) All transportation of animals is only through
certified trucks and drivers. 3) Facilities are provided for animals with food,
drink, shelter and shade and space to move while awaiting shechita. 4)
There is an easy and safe route for animals to be brought from the waiting areas
to the shechting facilities. 5) Animals are never prodded or beaten. 6)
Appropriate amount of time is observed between slaughtering and processing.
We believe in the land of Israel and its people. As Olim, we
gave up our comfortable American lives to come close to and support the land and
people of Israel. Living in the north we are acutely aware how the grazing lands
provide an essential role by ‘holding” many open spaces along our borderlands.
We believe strongly in supporting the local artisans who are committed to
growing locally, and are proud to provide jobs to our Israeli employees and to
contribute directly to supporting the nation of Israel. All animals are born and
raised in Israel. All slaughtering and production is done in Israel. Locally
produced with the bounty of Eretz Yisroel is our greatest pride and the source
of our name- Artzenu- Our Land.
When we arrived in Israel it was impossible for us to find
fresh meat with a kashrut we used. We wanted to change that. Fresh meat
is tastier and in our opinion healthier as well. Artzenu is structured
specifically to allow us to bring you the freshest possible meat! We organize
bi-weekly or monthly shechting and production of all products to make sure our
customers get the freshest meat possible. Items that must be delivered frozen
according to the health code are still packaged from the same animals that are
coming fresh and are always preserved flash frozen immediately on production to
preserve the freshness for you.
When we first got to Israel and went shopping, all the meat
had numbers on them rather than names of cuts. We struggled to find recognizable
cuts and even after learning the Israeli system we struggled with the lack of
quality cuts. Where were the bone-in steaks? Where were the dinosaur ribs?
London broil, BRISKET? We were at a loss as to why these cuts were unavailable
till we learned about the fundamental differences in Israeli production.
We oversee the way our animals are butchered at every cut to ensure we get the
best cuts from all butchery styles - American steaks and briskets, European osso
bucco, Israeli asado. We have invented our own butchery system to bring you the
best possible cuts from every animal.
In order to make each cut as useable as possible, each individual package comes
with the name of the cut written in both English and Hebrew.
We started out as co-op amongst friends and continue to run
the business like that today. We want you to feel a part of the family when you
order from us. We love getting to know each and every one of our customers and
for that reason Yehoshua still comes and brings each package door to door with a
smile. We have an active online community on Facebook where our customers can
interact, share recipes and ideas and where we upload new and helpful videos and
content regularly. Our staff strives to be available and as helpful as possible.
We are bringing American style customer service with a smile into the Israeli
Around 85% of the meat in the Israeli market is brought in
frozen and pre-packaged from overseas. Of the remaining 15% of fresh meat
available, 90% is from animals which are imported by boat, live, at a young age
and then raised to slaughter weight in feed lots. This process is very stressful
for the animals, and has a huge environmental impact due to the transport
We work with ONLY Israeli born and raised animals. This is less then 1.5% of the
meat available on the Israeli market. We are committed to this as it is the most
humane and environmentally friendly option for eating meat. In our opinion,
eating fresh and non-stressed meat is healthier, tastier and better for our
bodies, souls, and the planet.
We take care every step of the way to make sure the meat is raised well,
processed humanely, expertly butchered, carefully packaged, and delivered
seamlessly. We want you to be able to prepare our meat with confidence in your
kitchen, knowing that you are giving the best to yourself and your family.
Our Commitment to You
Artzenu is the culmination of our decades of passion for the land
of Israel and its local bounty, for healthy and sustainable food, good cooking, and the
community that gets built around the table. It is sustained by our deep commitment to our
customers to bring them the best this land has to offer.
We take care every step of the way to make sure the meat is raised well,
processed humanely, expertly butchered, carefully packaged, and delivered seamlessly. We
want you to be able to prepare our meat with confidence in your kitchen, knowing that you
are giving the best to yourself and your family.
Yehoshua and Chana Tibor
It is our great pleasure to bring these delicious meats to your table. We
look forward to feeding you soon!