9.21.2011

Beef, Part 1

Today, I got the magical call from my sister that our little calf (I mean, I am sure he wasn't little) had been taken to the butcher! Yay! So I had to make my first order ever for our very own half calf. I am SUPER excited! I have never done this before, so I ordered a little of everything.... Roasts, ground meat, burger patties, stew meat, short ribs, soup bones, and steaks. Oh the steaks. I cannot wait for the steaks! We have been in a red meat deficit for quite some time, like seriously 7 or 8 months, since I refuse to purchase beef from anyone but my sister and her Hubby - Row Family Farmer Man. We are realy craving it, and knowing that it will be here in like, 2 weeks is just really salivating. I just can't wait!!!
Yum Yum!

8 comments:

  1. I remember the first time we did this. And you are right, how do ya know what to get? Luckily, my dad was a butcher early on...made it real easy! Who knew where all those pieces parts come from???

    Enjoy your awesomeness!

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  2. We have always gotten it before from my Sister and Hubby, but it was always a little here, a little there, whatever they had gotten too much of... So now it is really ours! I am pretty excited!

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  3. We SO need to do something like this! Right now, I'm completely jealous! Enjoy that fantastically fresh, and oh so good for you beef!!!

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  4. We're right with you. We've not purchased grocery store beef for 2 years now. We have purchased 2 (or is it 3) quarter cows from a trustworthy, grass-feeding, local farmer.
    Can we offer just a small bit of humble and hopefully helpful information? It's a taste bud adjustment. Don't be surprised or discouraged with your first meal. I recommend beginning with hamburgers! You'll see the major difference in the amount of fat. Grass fed cows are leaner than corn fed cows. They are profoundly healthier to consume; but like most healthy things, it's... hmmm... a happy change! We're so excited for you. Please keep posting. When we get our cow we'll post too.

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  5. Congrats on your first "real" freezer-stocking beef! We haven't purchased grocery-store chicken, beef or pig in several years and I think I'd go veggie if I had to now.

    I remember when we had "our" first hog sent to the butcher and the lady asked me what kind of cuts I wanted.....I asked her (somewhat jokingly) if I could get it all in BACON! Oh, wouldn't that be nice??

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  6. Bee Girl, it really is worth it to find a local farmer that you trust to supply you with beef. Totally worth it!

    Jody, We have gotten beef from my farmer BIL before, just not a whole half. Always a little here, a little there, whatever they had extra of when they got their beef done. I am truly excited to be able to stock my freezer! And yeah, the taste is different, but it has been so long since I had conventional meat, that I really dont remember what it tastes like!

    Carolyn, HA! ALL BACON! I would be in heaven! Hubby would not, as he hates bacon - I am set on the fact that he must be from another planet. I am still working on finding a local farmer to supply us with chicken. There are plenty down in the country where I am originally from, but that is like a 3 hour drive... I know it would be worth it to do the drive a few times per year, but wowza I need to stop making excuses! The chix at the market we go to are all organic, pastured, etc, but come from VA, and I would really like to find someone closer to supply Ohio birds!

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  7. You are going to be very pleasantly surprised when you see the number of packages of beef. Make sure the freezer is organized and ready!

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  8. That is so awesome. I've been wanting to do that also, but we were late in the game this year. We did a half of a pig though.

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