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Festival of Beef

Have you ever wondered what half a cow's worth of meat looked like?  I had it on my kitchen table last night.  Don't worry, it's all wrapped in paper and stuff.

Actually, that's not even all of it.  There were about 40 more balls of hamburger that we couldn't fit on the table, filling up two boxes.  

So here's how it played out.  Half a cow, a little less than $2 per pound, hanging weight, cost $549 plus tax.  The total was $584 and change.  That's before they trim off the fat and remove bones and stuff.  Here's what we loaded into the freezer last night: 

2 rump roasts
6 T-bone steaks (2 in a wrapped package) 
6 Porterhouse steaks (2 in a wrapped package)
6 pkgs short ribs
15 chuck roasts
12 round steaks
1 flank steak
2 brisket roasts
8 sirloin steak pkgs (these are sized and shaped like a full rack of pork ribs) 
4 pkgs soup bones
1 arm roast
9 Rib steaks (you know, like prime rib, 2 per pkg) -- we're having a couple of these for dinner tonight!
9 pkgs of stew beef cubes
68 pounds of hamburger
2 skirt steaks


Nov. 11th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
My brother and his GF raise cows to do this. My mom always buys half a cow. I have no idea how she uses up so much with just my dad and her! She does pigs too. My mom has two freezers in her basement!

Bruce and I got a 1/4 of a cow a few years ago. I was so bad at remembering to take stuff out! We wasted sooo much. I still feel guilty.
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
We got a few people to buy some from us because it's way too much unless you want beef every single day. Wayne's parents, my sister and my friend Stacy all are getting about 35 pounds for $100 from us.

I prefer to quick thaw... so earlier today I took the steaks out of the paper and wrapped them in saran wrap and then put them in a freezer bag in a big pot of warm water. They thawed in about 15 minutes. Now they're in the fridge marinating.