If you know me at all, you know I will research and research something until my eyes cross. I was looking for the best deal on chicken, beef, and pork, and after reviewing the information of 13 different farms across Indiana, I found the best options.
As it turns out, natural chicken is the most expensive meat you can buy! I often saw numbers like $6.85/lb when buying chicken breast. My old price point before going all natural with our meat was $1.77. That is quite a jump! However, again, after seeing Food, Inc., I can't eat regular chicken anymore, and I'm not going to feed it to Ryan or Noah either. The best price I found was at Seven Sons, but it is still very pricey. The cheapest option is to buy 20 chickens at once (split them with friends/family if 20 is too many for you), and it will cost you $11 per chicken. If you want them cut up, add an extra dollar per chicken. It ends up being about $3-4/lb. Their website is great for ordering, so check it out!
I learned WAY TOO MUCH about cows. Again, I found myself reconsidering the vegetarian lifestyle. Vegan even crossed my mind! My friend, Dalia, is married to a guy named Kevin, and he is WAY TOO enthralled by sections of the cow, cuts of meat, preparing meat, etc. I drew the line one day when Kevin said, "Oh yeah, that part of the cow is really delicious. That meat is right there by the kidneys."
No more, Kevin. We are done talking about meat - forever - unless of course you want to tell me that you are grilling me a steak. Then, we can talk.
Please note: I am no longer endorsing the aforementioned farm as a place to purchase your beef. Although they provide a great price, I unfortunately have realized that their customer service does not meet our standards. I like good deals, but I am not willing to sacrifice service throughout this process. Good news, though! I have found an even better option that is local, organized, and still provides the quality of meat we desire. Please watch for the future post for more information!
The most cost-effective place to buy pork is from Moody Meats (the Ladoga Branch). With hogs you buy either a half hog or a whole hog; there is no quarter hog option. Their price is $2.99/lb., and the average hog is approximately 100 lbs. Therefore, you'll pay $150 for a half hog and $300 for a whole hog. If you call them, ask for Ken. He's wonderfully nice and made choosing my cuts of meat very easy over the phone. To give you an idea what a half hog will yield, here is what we ordered: two shoulder roasts (pulled pork sandwiches), baby back ribs, spare ribs, 10 boneless pork chops, 12 bone in pork chops, 3 hams, 5-8 lbs. of bacon, and 15-20 lbs. ground sausage. Is your mouth watering yet?
If you have any other questions, please let me know! I didn't spend all that time and effort finding the best prices for just my family. I want to save everyone else money, too! Plus, it's a great way to introduce natural, organic meat to your family. :)