Well, we've gone and done it. We've invested in a half of a cow.
After last January's purchase of a quarter of a cow, we decided to move forward and move up in the ordering department. So, about 2 months ago, we placed our order with D&R Ranch again and waited patiently to be called to set our cut list and then pick it up.
The process took a little longer than we had hoped this time and by the time our beef was ready, we were completely out of our January order of beef. It was a sad state of affairs, no doubt! This is what our chest freezer looked like before we picked up our order...
Chile. Veggies. Turkey stock. Lots of empty space. The end.
And here's what it looked like after picking up a little over 146 pounds of beef...
Filled to the brim. Literally. I don't think we could purchase a larger portion of beef without first purchasing a larger freezer, and that's not happening any time soon!
So, how does it all break down this time? Well, we went in on a whole cow with the same family we shared our last (half of a) cow with. Each of us paid $980, which included the slaughtering, butchering and packaging. It didn't however, include the transportation costs this time...we did have to go pick it up.
$980 / 146 pounds = $6.70 per pound
So, the price went up a bit from last times $6.35/pound despite the larger portion we purchased, but I'm sure that has to do with drought and the price of feed. No big deal. In my opinion, it's a wonderful price for grass fed, organic, local beef!
Included in that 146 pounds is:
- 53 pounds of ground beef (53 packages)
- ~ 12 pounds of round steak (5 packages)
- ~ 14 pounds of short ribs (9 packages)
- ~ 16 pounds of chuck roast (3 packages)
- ~ 10 pounds of rump roast (4 packages)
- ~ 6 pounds of brisket (2 packages)
- ~ 11 pounds of sirloin steak (4 packages)
- ~ 8 pounds t-bone steak (3 packages)
- ~ 4 pounds of neck soup bones (3 packages)
- ~ 4 pounds of sirloin tip roast (1 package)
- ~ 9 pounds of rib-eye steak (3 packages)
With the purchase of this beef we have two family goals...
- Ration ourselves and eat beef a maximum of twice a week (if we succeed at this goal, this beef should last us well into next fall)
- Spend less money every two weeks at the grocery store to "pay back" the up front costs of purchasing so much meat at once
Our second goal should be achievable since we were able to put up so much from the garden this year and therefore already have to spend less at the grocery store. But our first goal...well...with meals like the one pictured above, it will take some serious restraint to not whip through our delicious steaks in no time flat! ;-)
Linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #54