December 17th, 2009


Moo. In more ways than one.

This year, we bought a share of a whole cow. We weren't going to do the bulk beef thing but my sister and mom and cousins insisted they wanted it and we got dragged into organizing the mess. Here's the results:

Collapse ) The hanging weight of our cow was 638 pounds-- and that includes all the fat and bone that is trimmed off in the butchering process.  We paid $1.85 per pound of the hanging weight.  That makes it difficult to calculate what we pay for actual pounds of meat that we end up with. 

Here's the tally of what we got: 

20   1-lb. pkgs of stew beef cubes
11    pkgs of Rib Steaks (these are cut 1.5" thick and wrapped two per package)
18    pkgs of short ribs, with 3 ribs per package
181 1-lb. pkgs of hamburger
10    pkgs of soup bones
4     Roll Roasts-  these are brisket roasts rolled up for ease of cooking.  (I asked that all our roasts be cut to 3lbs)
2     Flank steaks
3     Arm roasts
24   Round steaks
6     Porterhouse steaks (2 per pkg, 1.5" thick)
10   Sirloin steaks
9     T-bone steaks (2 per pkg, 1.5" thick)
4     Rump Roasts

We also got the tongue, liver, kidneys and heart.  

That mountain of meat was divided up between 6 people.   5 people bought a full share and 1 person only wanted $100 worth.  So we divided as if there were 6 shares (because each share was $220) and then we divided the sixth share in half-- the guy got $100 worth of meat, with his very choice selection of cuts-- and we divided the rest among the full 5 shares.  That was the fairest way I could think of doing it.

Wayne and I packed into our freezer: 
33 pounds of hamburger (two of which have already been eaten) 
3 pounds of stew beef
4 round steaks
2 soup bones
1 sirloin steak
3 pkgs. short ribs
1 Round Roast
1 pkg. t-bone steaks
2 pkgs rib steaks
1 arm roast
1 roll roast
2 flank steak
1 skirt steak