After receiving a few questions about our beef stash, I thought it would be fun to show you our most recent gift. Here it is: a whole cow. (And don’t tell my uncles that I called it a cow. That’s not the right term, because cows are mamas, and you can’t use mamas for meat… except hamburger… because they are older and their meat is tougher. I think.)
We generally don’t have a whole beef on our front porch at one time, but my crazy (and incredibly generous) parents surprised us all with a quarter of beef for (early!) Christmas. Can’t exactly stuff that in a stocking, so they stopped by our house to divvy it up.
What you see in the above photos is 658 pounds of meat. Divided by four means that we now have approximately 164 1/2 pounds of beef in our freezer.
If you have the freezer space, there are many frugal and health benefits to purchasing beef in bulk.
- I know where my beef comes from and what goes into it.
- I am physically unable to drain any fat off of my hamburger after I cook it. It is that lean.
- It’s easier to plan meals around what you have when you already have the meat, reducing trips to the store.
- We get to eat some really nice cuts of meat, because our beef costs $2.36 per pound. For everything. Hamburger, round steak, a variety of roasts, grilling steaks, etc. Have you ever found a good grilling steak for $2.36 per pound???
- When we purchase our beef, we are supporting the local farm economy. And, in our case, our family.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll share what exactly we get in our 164 pounds of beef, how we get it cut, and how we stretch that meat to feed our family of 5 for a year.
Do you buy your beef in bulk? Would you like to? I’d love to hear about your experience!
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