Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Buying a Cow
Thinking back when my husband and I were first married (almost 10 years ago), we didn't eat much meat. I never made a roast and mashed potatoes on Sundays like I do now. It wasn't practical for us, too many leftovers. Plus, we were in a stage of our lives with dual incomes, we probably ate out way too much!
Fast forward 10 years and 2 hungry sons later, we eat a lot of meat! We go through a lot of groceries! I never thought I would be such a loyal Costco shopper. Bulk is for us, otherwise we would be at the store everyday to refill the stock!
Lately, I have really wanted to try to buy part of a cow for our meat. About 2 months ago, my brother-in-law came to us asking us if we would like to split a 1/2 cow with him. Turns out, his best friend lives on a farm and was going to slaughter a cow and can only take half the meat! We were instantly interested!
We ended up paying only about $3/lb for our meat. My husband brought home about 116 lbs of beef. We got a lot of packs of ground meat, several different kinds of roasts, lots of varieties of steaks, some ribs, and miscellaneous pieces. The 1/4 of a cow filled up our deep freezer in the basement. I am anxious to see how long our cow lasts us! It will definitely be a great budget helper this year, now that we do not have to buy any beef!