Buying local beef

Yesterday I was searching Craigslist for pork. Our half pig from last year was basically used up so our meat supply was getting low. After having nice farm raised meat I didn’t want to have to start buying the stuff you usually get at the grocery stores. Eating naturally raised pork makes a world of difference in the taste. I found someone who was selling a half pig for a better price then we paid last time, so I was pretty happy. We met up and gave him our deposit and the pig should be ready for pick up from 4 Star Meat Company (local butcher) around the 15th of next month.

While we were chatting with the farmer, he asked us if we were looking for any beef. I said that I had looked at buying beef before, but that I thought that it was pretty expensive. Buying a half cow at once can get spendy quick. However, it turns out he had a quarter cow for sale, still at the butcher, as the original buyer backed out, and he didn’t have the freezer space. So we got it for a deal: 125 pounds and paid $2.60 a pound for all naturally raised beef. I thought it might be interesting to someone to list out the cuts of meat you end up with in a quarter cow:

  • 4 packages stew meat
  • 5 packages chuck roast
  • 2 packages rump roast
  • 2 packages round bone roast
  • 4 packages short ribs
  • 20 packages ground beef
  • 5 packages round steak
  • 1 package cross rib roast
  • 2 packages sirloin tip steak
  • 1 package flank steak
  • 4 packages sirloin steak
  • 4 packages T-bone steak
  • 3 packages rib steak

Most of those packages are about a pound, except the roasts and ribs which were 2-3 pounds. I think we are going to be stocked for quite a long while after we pick up our pork. Plus it’s a pretty nice feeling buying your meat local and supporting a farmer. I rarely bought any meat last year due to having a freezer full of pork. When I did it was usually beef for those dishes that you just couldn’t substitute pork for.

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5 Responses to Buying local beef

  1. Lynn says:

    Wow, that’s alot of meat for cheap! And good cuts, too! That’s a really good idea – to buy locally grown meat on Craigslist! I am going to try to sell some furniture on Craigslist soon, so I’ll look for meat, too! Thanks for the idea, Robin!

  2. Rachael says:

    Wow, so you’ve been having only pork for a year? I’d be happy for a change. $2.60 a pound is a bargain! Usually only the tough meat is on sale for that much. If you need any recipes, I have some nice crock pot ideas.

    Where are you going to store the meat? Is your freezer big enough, or do you need to rent one somewhere?

  3. robin says:

    Rachael- Lee and I eat out a bit so there was plenty of non-pork meals throughout the year. Otherwise it would get old fast only eating pork. We have a 13 cubic foot freezer, and a half pig and a quarter beef take up about 5 cubic foot. There’s a lot of frozen vegetables and blueberries in there, but we should have enough room. I would love one of your recipes by the way.

  4. Leigh says:

    Great buys. I’ve been trying to find a local source for farm raised meat but I hadn’t thought of Craigslist. Good idea. We talk about raising our own too, but that probably won’t be for some time yet.

  5. Jessica says:

    Yum, I know where I’m going to be mooching dinner from this year. ­čÖé

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