Monday, May 20, 2013

bulk bovine

Guess what this is!

That's right.
It's a side of beef.

Lori bought a side of beef!
(for the second time in the last year.)
(We're mid-westerners, we likes our beef.)

I loooooove having a whole half-a-cow in my freezer.
It's the best thing ever.
And now if I could just get someone to deliver fresh veggies to me regularly,
my world would be a peaceful place.

Here's what I've learned about making THE very most of
buying bovine in bulk.

1.  Talk extensively with your butcher about the cuts you want.
(If he/she isn't willing to let you custom-order, find another butcher.)
This is the very best way to make sure you will
love every single bite.
(For example:  We don't like roast so much, so I have most of the them made into stew meat.)
(And by WE, I mean, seven of us like roast, K-Man does not.)
(No bitterness here.)

2.  Make sure nothing gets lost in your freezer, by keeping an inventory.

As I was loading all the meat into my freezer,
I jotted down on a list every single package.
Then I put it all back into the paper bags they came in, and numbered them.
(Plastic tubs would have been better.)
Then I typed up the list.

And then I put it in a file folder, just above my freezer.
This way, I can easily find the cuts I want,
AND mark off what I use.

That, my friends, is my fun-filled post for you on this fine Monday.
Go ahead and reread it if you want.
It's riveting, I know.
You are soooo welcome.

Beef, it's what's for dinner!


Joanne Reddell said...

Thanks for the great tips on your beef inventory. We talked recently about getting a 1/2 side of beef. No decisions made yet.

Many years ago we got a side of beef and it was hard to keep track of what kinds we had. Almost every time we wanted to use some of it, we ended up emptying the whole freezer to see what we still had. Your inventory is a great idea! You're one clever Midwesterner, girl!!

quilt'n-mama said...

This is how we buy our beef, I whole from a local rancher. It is SO much better than from the grocery store & so much cheaper!
I like your inventory idea, I have my freezers sectioned off and try to keep things organized that way but a list on the freezer would be awesome, might have to try that!

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Did you know that cows in Australia say "mrrrr" instead of Moo? I learned that from my dh's sister who was an exchange student there.

Enjoy your beef!

connie said...

Now that's what I'm talkin' about! We raised cattle up until a few years ago, and the one thing we were never without was plenty of BEEF! Fresh beef! I miss those corn-fed show steers!

Chris said...

so what did you end up paying per lb?Not hanging weight, but actual meat? We didn't find it cost effective...we has to eat chickn. I love your idea of the fresh veggies delivered.

Judy Deaton said...

Just look at all of us discussing bovine like professionals, I really can't believe I am in on this conversation. As one lady who reads this blog said.....Lori, you get more done in a morning than I do in a week! Pass on some of the energy please! But all that aside, we LOVE having a half a beef in the freezer too! We eat Peidmontese(sp?) beef. It's a double muscle cow from Italy (my father in law raises them) I never drain grease (there isn't any) and our hamburgers never shrink on the grill. I think even K man would love the roasts!! They are not dry and just fall apart:) Let me know if you want some. We are over in the middle of Kansas. You are inspiring.....and make me feel somewhat like a tree sloth in it's a good thing you are funny, or I might not like you at all:)LOL

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