Twice a year, our local co-op sells grass-fed beef in bulk.  We last bought it a year ago and were completely out, but we didn’t plan to buy any this spring.  That is, until we started seeing the bare grocery shelves last month.  We decided that we feel more secure if our freezers are full of quality food, so we placed our order.  I thought I would share with you if you’re wondering what you get when you order 1/4 side of grass-fed beef.

What You Get When You Order 1/4 Side of Grass-Feed Beef

Where to Buy Bulk Grass-Feed Beef

We buy from a local healthy buying club.  The farmer is local to our area of Arizona, and the cows are 100% grass fed.  We’ve had this meat before, and it’s delicious.

If you want to find a farmer in your area, try Local Harvest and search in your area.  Your local health food store may also know where to buy meat direct from the farmer.

What You Get When You Order 1/4 Side of Grass-Fed Beef

For the purpose of taking pictures, we separated out our order by organ meat, burger, and all other cuts of meat

Organ Meat

What You Get When You Order 1/4 Side of Grass-Fed Beef

1 whole tongue
1 oxtail,
6 liver,
1 – 1/2 heart,
1 kidney

Burger

What You Get When You Order 1/4 Side of Grass-Fed Beef

31 packages burger,

All Other Cuts of Meat

 

 

What You Get When Your Order 1/4 Side of Beef

3 chuck roasts,
1 eye of round roast,
1 round bone roast,
1 big & 3 little packages of soup bones,
3 London broil,
1 brisket,
4 rib eye steaks,
1 T-bone steaks,
1 sirloin tip steaks,
2 top sirloin steaks,
1 Porterhouse steaks,
1 tenderloin steak,
1 tri-tip steak,
2 bottom round roasts
3 ribs,
3 packages of stew meat

Technically, we only paid for the burger, steaks, roasts, etc.  The organ meat was added on for free.  So, I thought I would compute our overall cost with both the organ meat and without.

Overall, we paid $561.00 for this order of beef.

Without the organ meat, we had 108.5 pounds of meat, or $5.17 per pound.

However, the organ meat was an additional 14.5 pounds of meat, bringing our total of meat to 123 pounds.  When I use that total, we paid $4.56 per pound for everything!

I feel better having a freezer stocked full of meat as we enter these uncertain times.

If you’d like to see more of our meat purchases through the year, check out these posts:

Our Semi-Annual 1/4 Side of Beef Purchase, October 2016

Our Semi-Annual 1/4 Side of Beef Purchase, May 2016

Do you order meat directly from the farmer?  If so, how much do you pay per pound?

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