A quarter of a cow, to be exact. After discussing it for a few years, but never really knowing how to go about it, or how it'd work for us, we finally decided to suck it up and write out a fairly large check for a freezer full of beef.
Mitch's cousin knew a guy, who knew a farmer to buy a cow from, and they already had a butcher they used and liked. It couldn't have been much easier, and the meat couldn't taste much better! Never having been a really huge fan of steak, I was skeptical that it would be something I'd really care about. Oh, baby. I was wrong. There's actually flavor in the meat!
As far as cost goes, I've decided that it's kind of a wash. I love a good deal, and it turns out this is not a way to save money on food...which, was a disappointment to me honestly. I had really thought that buying it this way would probably work out to be cheaper, but it isn't.
We paid $1.80/lb for the cow, which was about 1000lbs. Then, we paid $500 (split 4 ways) to butcher it. So I figured about $550 for 250lbs. of meat....and I thought, oh nice! $2/lb in the end, right? That's a deal! Well, no. The bones, blood, guts, etc. that you don't actually eat is not packaged up and sent home with you (unless you wanted it, which I didn't). So, in the end we got about 110lbs. of meat and paid $525 which is roughly $4.75/lb. This is not a great price for ground beef or the cheaper roasts. When you think about it that way, it's a little sad. At least it is for me! :) But, spread out over the more expensive roasts and steaks, which we definitely enjoy, it kind of evens out. It's great to have some variety, and the quality hormone-free meat is probably worth the extra money in the end.
In fact, it kind of almost makes me want to move to a farm and raise all kinds of things like chickens and pigs. Who am I!?? What have I turned into, that I actually see the appeal to wide open spaces, and livestock? Maybe I should start with my garden and prevent it from failing (like it did last year) before I move onto expensive real estate and living things.
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