Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saving the Moola: buying beef in bulk

Two weeks ago, I shared many ways in which our chest freezer is going to work for us to save us money. Here's the number one way in which our freezer is working for us: by keeping 163 pounds of beef frozen!

We received 33 pounds of ground beef. YUM!
Our good friends, Jena and Brian of Becker Farms, were so gracious as to allow us a tour of their farm, and we were so impressed. Jena and I went to high school together, and I can tell you she has always had a love for animals and farming. Their farm has been in the Becker family for more than 100 years, and when speaking with Jena and Brian, you can sense their passion for farming and for taking quality care of their animals.

Becker Farms offers beef in bulk (such as a quarter cow, half cow, etc.), and whole chickens are also available for purchase. You can visit their website here to learn more.

After we decided to purchase a chest freezer, we knew right away we wanted to purchase a quarter side of beef from Becker Farms. The prices are beyond reasonable! The price per pound was about $2.20 at the time we purchased beef (subject to change, please check with Becker Farms for current prices!), and this was the price for all the pounds - meaning not only is this the price for ground beef, this is also the price for t-bone steaks, sirloin steaks, etc.

In the past, Jason and I were only purchasing ground turkey because we weren't super happy with our choices of ground beef. We were spending about $6 per pound. Whenever we were purchasing beef, again, we weren't happy with normal beef retailers (such as Wal-Mart, Meijer, etc.). We only purchased meat from Whole Foods or Knob's Hill (a local farm in Flint). We were easily spending $25 in meat (and quite a bit of it just on beef) on a weekly basis.

Jason picked up our side of beef this week, and we are so happy with the variety of beef we purchased! Here's the different varieties we purchased:
  • English roast
  • Blade roast
  • Arm roast
  • Sirloin tip roast
  • Chuck roast
  • Rump roast
  • Sirloin steak
  • Delmonico steak
  • Porterhouse steak
  • Cube steak
  • T-bone steak
  • Ground hamburger
We're expecting to save several dollars off our grocery bill each week, and in writing out our grocery list for our menu next week, I can tell you it is much, much smaller than usual, and there is nothing we are purchasing from Whole Foods! The beef purchase is already making a difference in the amount of grocery shopping we have to do and the money we're spending at grocery stores. We're planning to purchase several chickens from Becker Farms as well to round out our choices of meat.

Not only is buying beef in bulk a great way to save money, but as someone who has not had a whole lot in her fridge at one time (you can read about this part of my life here), it feels really good to know we have many pounds of food stockpiled. And it feels really great to support a local farmer and a friend.

Share with us: Have you purchased a side of beef or a whole chicken from a local farmer? Why/why not? I would love to hear from you!


Carlye Jean Rankin said...

That is awesome. My husband and I decided to purchase 1/2 of a cow (1/4 for us and 1/4 for his parents). It was the best decision we ever made. We were never impressed with the quality from any store either. And I love helping out a friend and their farm! For 1/2 of the cow it was $750 for about 300 lbs of beef or 2.50/lb.

It is delicious and I will never go back! I hope you all enjoy your beef as much as we have!

Aimee said...

I want to do this so bad, but right now our fridge just won't fit that much haha. I can't wait until we get our freezer!

Rose said...

I have been thinking about buying a portion of a cow, but haven't. Next time I need to stock up, I will definitely use these guys. Thanks for the info!!!