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    Amy Kubal has provided a guest post for us which details some of the best ways to Buy Meat on a Budget.

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    Thanks!

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      I just found a CSA combo share from a local farm & can't wait to score some grass fed cow & happy piggy! They will also have oxtail and marrow bones at the drop off site for purchase. SO EXCITED! $175 for 30 lbs of grass fed/pastured critter. That's enough meat to feed us for 1 month. I'm hoping it lowers our grocery bill dramatically.
      --Trish (Bork)
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      • #4
        Dr. Bork,

        That sounds like a fantastic deal. Having enough freezer space so that you can buy in larger quantities is a great strategy.

        Tim

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        • #5
          We just have a standard freezer on our fridge, but we feel pretty confident that it can fit 30 lbs. Any more than that, however, and it would probably 'splode
          --Trish (Bork)
          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
          FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            I'm thinking of buying a small chest freezer and keeping it in my room since any good meat cut I buy tends to disappear. I live with my parents BTW and my mother "thinks" that was a cut she bought and makes things like chicken fried steak with my good meat! I am still not having much luck finding local grass fed beef even though I live by all ranch land. I am getting ready to start hunting for the owners of the ranch lands and trying to work up a deal as long as I don't have to kill it or meet it first.
            Success is getting what you want, Happiness is wanting what you get~Brother Dave Gardner

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            • #7
              OK Dr. Bork, now I'm jealous. We have a great CSA near us but they only do wholes and halves and right now its outside our budget. They did give me the name of their butcher/packager and said I may be able to get marrow bones and fat from them. I haven't called yet for the prices (waiting for payday to get here) but can't wait to taste grass-fed fat.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kaylee99 View Post
                OK Dr. Bork, now I'm jealous. We have a great CSA near us but they only do wholes and halves and right now its outside our budget. They did give me the name of their butcher/packager and said I may be able to get marrow bones and fat from them. I haven't called yet for the prices (waiting for payday to get here) but can't wait to taste grass-fed fat.
                Me too! Can I rub it in? They sell 4 lb blocks of grass fed lard for $15.

                For us it hasn't really been a matter of affording 1/2 a critter, it's just that we don't have anywhere to put it. Maybe I should be more socially outgoing and make friends with half-empty coffin-freezers people
                --Trish (Bork)
                TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                • #9
                  Dr Bork-Wow, what great deal. I just bought an 1/8 share and it was 40lbs. of meat for $ 410. They said it should last about 6 months, but I don't think so.

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                  • #10
                    40 lbs would last us 40 days. We always have meat for dinner! I'm hoping the $175 for 30 lbs will help cut down our grocery bill, and then we can just supplement with fresh veggies, chicken, and fish (Target sells wild caught shrimp super cheap!)
                    --Trish (Bork)
                    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                    FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      Wow, I'm envious. Cheapest CSA I found out here is $120 a month and that nets you 5# of ground meat and 2-3# of steaks for beef or pork. $12 - $20 per chicken.
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                      • #12
                        From their site:
                        CSA Share | Christiansen Farm

                        I AM GETTING UNCURED BACON!!!
                        --Trish (Bork)
                        TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                        http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                        FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                          From their site:
                          CSA Share | Christiansen Farm

                          I AM GETTING UNCURED BACON!!!
                          I did a post on Robb Wolf's site a few month ago on how to make your own bacon (starting with a pork belly). You can definitely save some money "curing" and slicing your own.

                          ...Tim

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                            $175 for 30 lbs of grass fed/pastured critter. That's enough meat to feed us for 1 month. I'm hoping it lowers our grocery bill dramatically.
                            Erm.... That would feed me (alone) for half a month. Am I doing something wrong?
                            Oh and I just got 35lbs (aproximately) of pork shoulder roasts for 70$!!!!!
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                            • #15
                              Alex, to each his own. Hubby usually takes leftovers to work, and supplements with lunch meat sandwiches when necessary. The 3yo usually asks for eggs, bacon, cheese, and lunch meat during the day. We stock up on tuna regularly, and I either have a salad, leftovers, tuna, IF, or whatever I can scrounge up, leaving us with 1 lb of meat usage/day. Eat more Big @$$ Salads maybe?
                              --Trish (Bork)
                              TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                              http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                              FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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