We have in the past purchase half a pig at a time. This works well for our family and we eat off it for a long time. The price is much less than paying store retail! I visited the butcher planning on purchasing half a pig again. Pork was priced at $1.99 a pound, up a bit from time. They had a sign up for beef hind quarter at $3.59 a pound. Hey now!
For the extra bit I would rather have a freezer full of beef! So I made a phone call to my husband to see what his thoughts were and he was on board. They were going to cut it the next week so I had a little time to figure out a freezer strategy!
The butcher went over with me how I wanted it cut. How many steaks in a pack and how thick to cut the steaks. How many pounds of ground beer per pack? Did I want hamburger patties? Did I want soup bones?
The hanging weight of our quarter was 185lbs. I weighed my bags of meat when we came home and I had 108lb of meat. Almost 30 packages of ground beef that will last us a long time! And bunches of steaks, that is what husband is happiest about.
So the cost was $664.15 for my 108 pounds. We will see how long it takes us to go through the beef. It will be a refreshing change from pork this summer. And I will admit that you don’t want to try to get anything from the freezer right now…. Its in there like a puzzle and I don’t want to admit how much I was sweating if it would all fit! We might have had to pull out the next couple of nights meals to make it go.
Here is a link to my post about buying Pork: https://stretchingittotravel.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/how-do-you-purchase-your-meat/