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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 07:22 pm (UTC)
Why on EARTH did you need to get that much meat at once? Are you facing a blizzard or something soon?? :)

Wow, we can barely fit two boxes of French Bread pizza & a container of ice cream in our freezer all at once! :)
Nov. 11th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
It was much cheaper to buy in bulk. We're splitting it with three other people. Normally steaks cost like $5.99/lb and up, depending on the cut.

Look at what these people are charging! Arrgghh!

$47 for ONE steak! I got seven of them and I know mine is fresh, fresh, fresh. It was walking around in the field a week or so ago and the only transportation it ever went through was in my car from the farm to my house. We're trying so hard to eat more locally produced foods. I think we may try a pig next time too.

We have a 13.5 cubic foot stand-up freezer in the garage for stocking up so the inside freezer is usually mostly empty.
Jun. 21st, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Awesome! A note about freezers...
Something I learned recently:

Freezers are much more energy efficient when they are full. So, if you don't enough to fill 'er up, put some bottles of water in there to take up the space. It takes less energy to keep less air cold. :)

I really dig this idea and might just start seeing about a big freezer.

Do you guys have basements out there?
Jun. 21st, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome! A note about freezers...
We do have a basement-- totally empty. The kids ride their bikes down there. Just one little corner with stuff in storage.

We keep the freezer pretty full. When I make chicken-- roasts or parts, I put the bones in a large plastic bag and every three months or so I make a huge pot of chicken stock. So I'm storing bones in there and freezing the stock.

That stuff, plus the cow and the other stuff we buy-- big bags of frozen veggies from Costco, fish, other meats, etc, our freezer is pretty full.