Consider skipping the middleman and buying your beef directly from the farmer. You get to meet the person who raised the animal and ask questions about what it was fed, how it was treated, and even how it was slaughtered. And in most cases, you get to order exactly the cuts of meat you want. Bonus: Per pound, this premium meat is cheaper than most meat in the supermarket.
The advantages of buying in bulk include:
- Superior quality meat — Grocery-store meat is aged 5-7 days. Meat purchased from a local source is generally aged 14-21 days. (Note that not everyone prefers the taste of aged meat.)
- Uniformity of product — Commercial ground beef is often produced using meat from dozens of animals. When you buy a side, the ground beef is produced from a single animal, which minimizes the risk of contamination.
- Support of local business — I like the fact that buying beef from a local rancher allows me to support him, and to support the meat packer that processes the animal.
- Constant costing — Because you’re buying your meat all at once, it’s easy to budget your costs for an extended period.
- Fewer trips to the grocery store — Plus you no longer have to plan your meals around what’s on sale.
- Meat is packed for freezing — If you buy large quantities at the grocery store, you need to repack the meat to freeze it. When purchase a side of beef, this is done for you.
- You can pick the cuts you want!
- Excellent pricing — Buying a side of beef can help you keep more money in your savings account by spending less money vs. regular grocery store prices. However, it is possible to save more at the grocery store by watching for sales.
- Raising cattle on pasture instead of in factory farms is better for the environment.
- Grass-fed beef tastes better and cooks faster.
Buying beef in bulk is often a wise economic choice for the meat-lovin’ family! You not only save money on all your steaks and roasts, but your meat is usually much higher in quality than the pre-packaged grocery store variety. (Plus you’re actively supporting local farms and businesses as well.)