WFMW: Buy Bulk (Grass-fed) Beef

Wednesday February 1, 2012
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Beef!  It’s What’s For Dinner!

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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!

Find more tips at Works For Me Wednesday, hosted by We Are That Family.

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5 Responses to WFMW: Buy Bulk (Grass-fed) Beef

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    We just ordered our grass fed beef (1/4 a beef) from a local place, and it is $3.35 a pound!!! I can’t wait to get it.

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    KAREN DUNHAM says:

    OR, if people live in NW Montana or Southern CA, they could buy grass fed and finished bison…from us! 🙂

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    Karen says:

    Another great web resource for finding and purchasing meat in bulk or cuts is Home Grown Cow. We list farmers of all variety: beef, poultry,lamb, bison…you name it, we either already have a farm or will find one for you who raises it. We also act on your behalf by accepting credit card payments, arranging shipping if needed, and we protect your order with our Home Grown Cow safety net. We would like to offer your readers a 5% discount for the month of February. Simply enter FEB2012 in the promo code field.
    -The Heard at Home Grown Cow

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