A few weekend’s ago, my husband and I settled down to a free movie on Hulu.  Our choice for the night?  King Corn.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it.  I learned a lot that I did not know about meat production and how cows are fed (and treated) at conventional farms.

Of course, we haven’t bought conventional beef in quite some time.  For the last two years, all of our beef has come from my cousin’s husband.  While he isn’t officially an organic farmer, he raises small batches of cows, and they are free to graze.  They do eat some corn, but it is only a small portion of their diet, unlike many conventionally raised cows.  Seriously, watch King Corn.

After the movie, we decided it was time to investigate buying a side of pig.  As luck would have it, my cousin e-mailed me the very next morning to say her husband had bought 3 sides of hog and one was ours to buy if we would like.  Best of all, her husband’s friend raises his pigs as he raises his cow, which is close to organic.  Even though money is tight, we jumped on the offer.

Here is what we ended up with:

  • Pork Steaks – 3 packages
  • Bratwurst – 3 packages
  • Breakfast Sausage – 9 packages
  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast – 1 package
  • Pork Spare Ribs – 1 package
  • Pork Baby Back Ribs – 1 package
  • Pork Chops – 3 packages
  • Pork Loin Roast – 1 package
  • Smoked Ham Roast – 1 small package and one 10.5 lb. roast!
  • Pork Steak – 1 package
  • Smoked Pork Hock – 1 package
  • Bacon – 9 packages (over a pound each)
  • Smoked Ham Slices – 3 packages

The total weight for all of this was 77 pounds.  We paid $280, so we bought all of this pork at the price of $3.63 per pound.

Have you bought a side of pork before?


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