Friday, December 17, 2010

Purchasing your meat

A trip to the grocery store. 

I am really lucky. I grew up on a cattle farm and that meant that although we went to the grocery store to buy produce, eggs, butter and bread, we always had lots of home raised beef in our freezer. In my opinion there is a really awesome taste to home-raised beef, probably because our beef was marbled (those tiny white flecks in the meat that give it extra flavor) a lot more than what you could buy in the grocery store.

Another, benefit is you didn't really think about how much beef cost when all you had to do was grab a pack of hamburger from the freezer. I was shocked again the other week when I went to go pick up a ham for my cream of potato soup. A small, little, tiny (getting the point it wasn't big) ham was $20. Um no thanks. I instead went with a ham steak to satisfy my recipe needs.

So what are people supposed to do?

One option is check with your local 4-H club to see when their achievement or sale day is. These are usually in the spring through the summer. My old 4-H club worked on partnering up 2-4 people to buy one animal since most couldn't fit a whole animal in their freezers. Also, 4-Her's and their leaders have a grasp of what a quality animal should look like and how much finish (fat cover) should be on the animal. That way you'll know you'll be getting something tasty. Plus, you'll be supporting an awesome youth program.

Through one of my Twitter friends I also came across this site, GroupMeat. Wouldn't it be great if you could visit a site like this and purchase you pork, beef, chicken or lamb directly from the farmer in packages.

I know there are numerous way to purchase your protein, what are some of the ways your family does it? And if there is ever anyone out there that needs to purchase some beef let me know. I might have a farmer friend in your area that could help you out.


  1. What a great idea!! My freezer is always jam packed so you're right, I do forget that others pick theirs up and pay BIG bucks...Mind if I share this post on facebook/twitter?!

  2. Go for it! Hopefully people will know that there are more options out there than just the grocery store.

  3. Oh you ladies are lucky. Hopefully one day soon I too will be able to "harvest"? my own beef. Till then, Mr. Salmon and I share a side with my Dad and his wife. We ordered it in Sept from a rancher on the island, it's being butchered in Jan, then we split it up since the whole side is too much for each of us alone. It's a great way to get good quality beef from a trusted source and also support our ag friends!

  4. Great idea Suzie! I loved your blog about FIshless Fridays.


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