Quarter Beef

So what exactly does a quarter of beef get you? We were really excited to find out today when Ryan picked up the meat at Archer's. We paid for 147.5 lbs. (hanging weight) of beef, which kept us under our budget of $400. Above you will see a picture of the ground beef (i.e., chuck, round, and beef), stew meat, and hamburger patties. Below you will see another picture of the roasts and steaks. Each item is wrapped in butcher paper, and the type of cut and date of processing is stamped on each one. How nice and organized is that??

Our quarter beef translated to the following cuts:

10 packages of beef patties (40 patties total)
5 lbs. stew meat
29 lbs. of ground beef
4 chuck roasts (2-3 lbs each)
2 arm roasts (2 lbs each)
1 rump roast (2-3 lbs)
2 sirloin tip roasts (2-3 lbs each)
3 packages of sirloin steaks (6 total)
3 packages of T-bone steaks (6 total)
1 package of Porterhouse steaks (2 total)
3 packages of Ribeye steaks (6 total) - my favorite!

I'm pretty sure that will easily last our family an entire year, maybe even 15-18 months! That means we only spent $4.75-$7.00 per week on all natural, hormone free, antibiotic free, pastured beef. That is a steal! I have visions of freezer meals, cookouts with friends and family, and delicious dinners dancing in my head. What to make first...

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