This is what half of a grass fed cow looks like!
For the last 4 years, my family has bought our meat in bulk from a local rancher. Once a year we pick the meat up and bring it home to our freezer and then eat it for the rest of the year. It all started when my husband and I saw this little clip shortly after getting married:
I didn’t jump on the real food train for several more years, but it planted a seed that movies like Food Inc and books like Nourishing Traditions and Deep Nutrition helped to water and grow. Now we buy our meat bulk once a year!
Breakdown and cost for our family:
We are a family or 2 parents and 4 children, plus, right now my sister lives with us, so she is enjoying the meat too. This year we ordered half a cow (some years we only get a quarter, but last year it simply wasn’t enough). Our cow ended up being one of the smaller ones in the herd so, the total weight (dry hanging weight) was 327 pounds. We got half of that (plus a bunch of bones they throw in for free). So we got 163 & 1/2 pounds for $4.50 a pound. So, it cost us a total of $735.75. We eat beef about 2 or 3 times a week (more in the summer when we can BBQ), so it will last us most of the year.
Keep in mind, that we get a variety of different cuts of meat. Everything from steaks, to roasts, to ground beef. Those different cuts vary widely in price at the local grocery store, and are even more if you buys grass fed! At my local grocery store, grass fed beef is $8 per pound for ground beef. I haven’t even checked the prices of steak, because it might kill me. And if you don’t think there is much difference between grass fed and grain fed meat, you should read this.
Interested in getting your own grass fed beef, but don’t know where to start? Well, first you might want to try a small amount. It does taste different than what you are used to with corn fed beef. If you want to order it from a reputable company, I recommend getting it here. But if you know this is the way you want to go, find a local farmer or rancher and work with them directly! To find local farmers, check out this website, which lets you search for local farms based on your location.
Enjoy your delicious, healthy, grass fed beef! I will be here enjoying mine!
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