It's here, It's here! The beef! I made the 2.5 hour drive down to the butcher and the 2.5 hour drive back home and unloaded 5 cases of beef. I have all sorts of steaks, roasts, short ribs, soup bones, and ground beef galore. My freezer is filled to capacity. We had to have a couple of friends over to eat just so we would be able to close the freezer. I had to move all my veggies and stuff to the upstairs freezer, and needless to say, it is full as well. If I go to the grocery store any time in the next month, it will be for nothing besides juice, cheese, and soy milk. I need nothing. It is really a weird feeling, and definitely well worth it.
Now, for those who have never gotten a side of beef, you will be amazed at the price. Now, Row Family Farmers Extraordinaire have given us our beef as a Christmas present (and let me say, I am happy to get that EVERY year instead of presents wrapped in bows) and all we had to pay was our processing fee. The grand total for us? $165.00. Yep, you read that right... A year's worth of beef for under $200. I love having farmers as family. It's friggin awesome!
How to keep track of all of this? I found this handy little inventory list over at Northwest Edible Life... Her downloads are awesome, and I definitely recommend checking them out.