Did you ever wonder what you get when you buy a whole hog directly from the farmer?
My cousin, whose husband is a Angus beef farmer, sold us 1/2 a pig last year from his friend’s farm. We loved it, so this time he was able to get the whole hog for us.
Wow! It’s a lot of meat!
We paid $545, and in return we got 144 pounds of meat. Here’s what we got:
Sliced bacon–14 packages
Ham slice–6 packages
Smoked ham roast–2
Smoked pork hock–2
Smoked whole ham–1 (this baby is 19 lbs! I don’t know what we’re going to do with that much meat at one time!)
Bratwurst–6 packages of 5 each
Pork spare ribs–2
Baby back ribs–2
Pork loin roast–3
We ended up paying $3.78 a pound for the pork.
Besides the price, best of all, is that it’s from a local farmer.
Because of our food intolerances, we eat much more meat than we did, say, 3 years ago. Buying direct from the farmer is one way we can keep this expense reasonable while still eating meat that is raised in a humane way rather than on a feed lot.