I worked with a woman whose family raises grass-fed beef for slaughter. I’d heard about the benefits of eating grass-fed beef, so, in my typical “jump in with both feet” style, we purchased 1/4 of a cow. Any idea how much space 140 pounds of beef takes up in a freezer? A lot. And we don’t own a standalone freezer…We are not huge meat-eaters to begin with, so eating beef maybe 3-4 times a month it took us close to a year to finish it up.
It tasted good, and I felt righteous eating it, but we only went that route the one time. Now I will shop the Co-op and buy grass-fed beef by the package or even can more easily find it nowadays in the local grocery store.
As I said, we don’t eat red meat very often, so it just didn’t seem worthwhile to invest in a large purchase like that again.
Total Investment: $490.00 (From the Colvin Ranch website: “A beef side, either a half or quarter beef, is a good buy. It is priced at $3.50/pound, hanging weight, (this includes the harvest) plus cutting and wrapping of about $.70/lb. ( $.75/lb.for quarter).The hanging weight is the weight after it is butchered, but before it is cut and wrapped. While weights will vary from one animal to another, a good overall average would be 280 pounds hanging weight on a half, and 140 pounds for a quarter.”)