Amy Kubal has provided a guest post for us which details some of the best ways to Buy Meat on a Budget.
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.
That sounds like a fantastic deal. Having enough freezer space so that you can buy in larger quantities is a great strategy.
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
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
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.
See what I'm up to: The Primal Gardener
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
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.
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!)