Beef! It’s What’s For Dinner!
Yesterday, I picked up ~80lbs of grass-fed beef from a local farm. Grass-fed beef is considerably more expensive than your average grocery store beef, but it is so much better (for you and the cow). If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend watching Food, Inc. to get a real education on modern agro-business (be prepared for a serious paradigm shift after watching).
By purchasing in bulk (we bought 1/4th of a steer), we were able to reduce our costs considerably from grocery or Whole Foods prices. Our approximate cost is $7/lb for everything. $7/lb is way high for ground beef, but pretty darn good for NY Strip and other cuts. Overall it is a great value.
We have a full-size freezer in our basement, which we use to store our beef, plus other stuff. A freezer allows you to buy more of good stuff when you see it on sale, and also to do bulk cook and freeze meals.
A great way to find a provider of grass-fed beef is to check out a site like Local Harvest. Word of mouth is another great resource, because I’m sure you know somebody who buys bulk beef as well. Another great resource for those in the Virginia area is Polyface Farms. They offer buying clubs where they deliver individual cuts of meat and other food, as well as seasonal bulk orders.
Buying quality food in bulk works for me!
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