In my freezer! 8)
After a year of waiting we finally got our half of a cow we agreed to buy from our CSA farmer. Overall it was more expensive per pound than I expected but still better than what I could have paid elsewhere for grass fed beef. The steer was around 2 years old (He should have been butchered earlier last fall but they couldn’t get an appointment until January.) He was a Jersey so we knew their wouldn’t be as much meat as a beef cow would have. He was raised on a small farm with plenty of grass to eat, fresh water and sunshine. They have 5 cows and treat them almost like pets.
We get our milk, eggs and veggies from this farmer.
All in all we got 145 pounds of grass fed beef for $533.40. Which works out to about $3.68/pound. Online grass fed beef goes for around $3.50-$22/pound depending on the cut and quantity you order. So I think I did pretty good & I didn’t have to pay for shipping and was able to support our local farmer.
Here’s what we got:
25 -2 pound packages of ground beef
7 packages of rib steak
5 packages of T-bone steaks
6 packages of sirloin steak
12 cube steaks (1 feed our whole family Friday night)
4 arm roasts
8 chuck 7 bone roasts
4 tip roasts
2 packages of porterhouse steak
3 packages of liver
6 soup bones
A lot of these cuts of meat I have never cooked so if you have any tips please let me know! We are used to ground beef, rump roasts and grilling sirloin steaks.
I’m very curious how long this meat will last us. I’m estimating that it will last at least 8 months. We may need to get more ground beef towards the end but it will be interesting to see how this all works out!