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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 07:21 pm (UTC)
We bought a half but you can also buy a quarter.

We just called around to all the butchers in the area and asked if they sold quarter and half cows, what the price per pound was and the average hanging weight, do they trim, do they wrap, do they freeze? We got a range of prices. Some included the trim, wrap and freezing, others charged an extra fee. The most expensive was $2.89 per pound hanging weight. That's alot when you consider that you're going to lose quite a few pounds in fat and bone. The butcher we went with raises his own cows and charged the least per pound plus no additional fee for all the extra work. We live in a fairly farm-heavy area so there were a lot of options.

If you're worried about the huge expense, ask family or friends if they want to split it with you.