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Check out these emails that I recently received from readers Miranda and Gina

I have made a list of all of the meat prices in my butchers’ shops and stores including sale prices, but I’m not familiar with lots of cuts of meat. Please do a small blog post on good meat prices and what parts of beef can be used (i.e. what cut of meat should I use for stews, stirfrys, etc.). I DREAD when we get low on meat because I just don’t know how to find the best deals. Thank you so much!

I was approached by a friend regarding “cowpooling” (i.e. going in with a few other families to buy one whole cow and then splitting the cost and the beef amongst us).  Have you or any of the other readers done this?  I would be interested in readers’ views on the cost versus the savings.  I am interested in both saving money and getting a high quality product to feed my family.  Any input would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks again for ALL you do!!!   You rock!

So you know the drill… what are your tips/suggestions for purchasing beef, cooking with beef etc?

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  1. Anonymous

    Gosh!!!!!!! nobody vegetarian here ? why You need cows people??its so unhealthy and it is just cruel and unfair to kill and eat fellow beings …
    seriously………
    You will spend the money You ve saved on that meat at doctor office…..please do read on that subject before stocking up on massive amounts of meat!!!!
    I strongly advice…..
    I am myself many years avoiding meats and I am fine ..organic greens are not cheap but HIP 2 save helps big time !
    meat eaters on average lives then years shorter then non meat eaters
    try short stir fry with zucchinis,yellow green red peppers scallions etc toss some shrimps on a top if You love meat and You r good to go ….Your health will be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    bowl of berries for later

    thank YOU Collin …

    • Jenny

      OMG! I agree! I saw that picture and it was painfull to look at! I’m a vegetarian as well and I’m fine. There is no reason to eat meat anymore. It’s unhealthy for the enviroment and unhealthy for your body.

    • Kristen

      Just as you are fine, there are many people who have eaten meat their entire lives and are just fine too! There are both pros and cons to being a vegetarian and a meat eater, and either diet can lead to poor health if you don’t know how to balance it.

    • Faye

      My grandfather will turn 98 on July 3. He eats meat 3 times per day, grows a huge garden each year that he takes care of himself. He is in excellent health.

      • Jenny

        I don’t think it’s YOUR health that is the problem. It’s the health of the animal your eating… and well now it’s dead so yea…..

        • Melanie

          If you look throughout history and across various regions, most diets are built around what is available to the people that live there. That’s why coastal regions consume larger amounts of seafood, and midwest regions may consume more beef due to plentiful fields for grazing. Do not judge others unless you are ready to be judged yourself. Just because someone does not agree with you does not mean they are wrong, just that they have a difference of opinion, different upbringing, different culture, etc. It doesn’t mean that someone is evil or a killer.

          • Karin

            I 200% agree with you, Melanie! Very well said.

          • Jill

            Amen, Melanie! Please respect everyone’s likes/beliefs, Anonymous (LOL…it is probably best to be anonymous when you’re mud-slinging). I don’t have kids in diapers, but I don’t complain about the diaper deals or bash somebody for not using cloth diapers because that’s better for the environment. Hip deals come in all shapes and sizes for a reason.

          • Zee

            Vegans! Don’t get between me and my beef! 🙂

    • Mary

      Actually, buying direct is one way to ensure you buy from an ethical farmer. You might say purchasing meat this way is more humane.
      I used to be a PETA member. I’m surprised there are animal rights activists on a coupon site. You have to be brand loyal when you’re always looking for cruelty free products.

      • Jeff

        just heard PETA is responsible for the slaughter of more than 200k animals last year. What a bunch of hippocrits

      • Margie

        We are farmers and people buy direct from us. We DO NOT put any hormones or vaccines in our animals. People either buy half or whole cows from us (some even split a 1/4 of a cow) from our small farm. Our customers constantly visit our farm, see our animals, even pet and help take care of them (and we encourage it). We believe in making our animals happy as well as healthy and they are super friendly. As a matter of fact they are very spoiled.

        Our barns are so clean and are so enormous (esp. considering how limited (compared to other farms) animals we have) that my husband hopes to get in the doghouse because he wouldn’t mind having to sleep in the barn. Our animals (cows, chickens, pigs) are out on pastured and not locked in the barn…they are not strictly grain fed animals…they love their high-quality grass. We have changed skeptics minds in our area and these people refuse to buy meat in the store ever again.

        Keep in mind, I was born and raised a city girl and had a very narrow-minded opinion about farms and farmers and how they were unethical towards animals. Some are, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen the videos. However, my husband showed me (before he was my husband at the time) how farming SHOULD be and how it is for him and I’ve never turned back. I’m a country girl at heart now and proud to be considered a farmer.

        • Donette Koelzer

          Margie,

          Good for you and your family!! I completely agree. I grew up in a small town in Kansas, and most people there were farmers like you. It was fun to visit friends who live in the country and see the animals. My grandpa raised cattle for years, and he loved them. He would take the best care of them. My father was a butcher for many years in that same small town. The animals never suffered cruelty. Yes, they were slaughtered for human consumption, but I feel as though that is all part of nature.

          On to the question at hand. About 8 years ago, my husband and I decided that we were tired of paying the high prices in the store for good quality meat. We decided to slaughter and butcher a steer ourselves and split the meat with his parents. With my father having the butchering background, he taught us how to do everything, and we have been butchering one every year since. We purchase a steer from a local farmer with good ethics. I love having the meat in the freezer ready to use whenever I need it. Since we do all of the work ourselves, the meat ends up costing us about $3.50 a pound. This is a little expensive for hamburger, but pretty cheap for ribeyes!!

          After watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and seeing what they use to make “filler”, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to purchasing meat from a store again!

          • Margie

            I’m right with you Donette. My husband knows most of the cuts on the beef..but we’re hoping to send him to butchering school to learn everything! I totally agree with everything you say.

            • Donette Koelzer

              That’s great. We have also been raising our own chickens for the last 3 years. We do have one egg layer, which seems to be enough for us, right now. She lays about one 5-6 eggs a week. My husband butchers the broiler chickens, and we also butcher a hog each year. I never buy meat at the store.

              I’ve learned over the years how to use the different cuts of meat. We certainly like the steaks the best, but we also eat roasts, use hamburger, brisket, etc. We take the tougher cuts of meat, chop them up, and can them. They are so tender after the canning process, and they are fully cooked. I love to use this for a quick stew, beef and noodles, or just thicken the juices to a gravy and heat the meat, make some mashed potatoes and carrots, and we have a great meal!

        • Zee

          Margie, do you ship to Colorado? Do you also have info in the event I would like to do cowpooling with my neighbors?

    • Jeff

      I’ve seen quite a few fat vegetarians. and at least a few who smoke! Very ironic

    • Marie

      Yea most people might not care about that. But I wonder why people don’t care about the hormones they get from meat. I doubt that everybody buys meat from organic stores. So just wondering… What do meat lovers do? Ingest all those hormones that screw up the body or what?

      • LearnBeforeYouPreach

        I have recieved a BS in Animal Science and it is so disappointing how people judge lifestyles without really knowing much about the subject. Animals that do get hormone injections, those injections are done where there is not trace in the meat we eat (it’s the law). A certain amouth of time has to be between the injection and the time that the animal is slaughtered. Learn before you preach!

      • Jackie

        Not all meat in the stores is full of hormones. My husband and I raise 600 steers a year and ship commercially. You could easily be consuming our beef at your local supermarket and we use no hormones. It is a misconception that all farmers use hormones.

    • B

      This is why people get so frustrated by vegetarians and tree huggers! For pity’s sake, do what you want, but don’t you DARE lecture me about my choices.

    • Mallory

      Way to be Anonymous and bash OUR beliefs. Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean we have to do the same.

      My cousin is a vegetarian and is about the most unhealthy looking person I’ve ever know.

      I like meat and will continue to eat it. BEEF, IT’S WHATS FOR DINNER!

      • Joanie

        People who eat salads are responsible for more animal deaths than those of us who buy 1/2 cow each year. Millions of innocent small animals are killed every year by the equipment used to harvest all those veggies. So I grow my own veggies and support my local farmers by purchasing my cow, pig, and even whole chickens from them : )

    • Mishele

      As a registered dietician, I can tell you that if you would have tried to live as a vegan prior to the days of synthetic fortified vitamins and minerals (which was only about 15-20 years ago), you my friend, would have lived a very miserable life, and ulitmately died due to a lack of critical nutrients.
      I say 15-20 years ago because although we have been fortifying foods with crucial nutrients for much longer than that, they were not synthetic for quite a long time. So all of those people who thought they were eating vegan diets were actually eating foods that were fortified with animal product. Why? Because there are some essential nutrients that only come from animals, proving further more that our diets should consist of animal products.
      I’m all for humane treatment of animals but to say that we are not meant to eat them is just plain silly.

    • Jeff

      You can always see a vegetarian coming. Look high and low for an opportnity to get sanctimonious….

    • Anonymous

      Maybe its just me, but your advocating for the death of several shrimps over the death of one cow. The cow meat goes much further and a life is a life… It seems like you’re trying to say that one animal life is worth far more than several other animals’ lives.
      Personally, I like meat and believe that the key for good health is all things in moderation.

    • Angie

      Isn’t this a web site to help people save money and to get tips. I may be reading it wrong but this specific post is asking for help on information on cowpooling and more right not on why not to do it etc.????

    • Jackie

      Why is it that vegetarians always try to convert us meat eaters while we leave them alone? It’s your choice not to eat meat and good for you. I personally could not care less what you do. I would however, appreciate it if you would not make general statements about all beef and all farmers. The vast majority of farmers are very ethical and it is unfair for you to suggest otherwise. Every animal has a purpose and for some it is to provide an excellent source of protein. Please become more educated on the subject of beef before you subject us to your opinion.

    • Mary

      I think there is probably a rule somewhere on how many exclamation points you should be able to use in one post.

      Secondly humans are omnivores. We are not obligate carnivores. There are nurtients in meat that we cannot get anywhere else without supplements and even those arent always enough. Youre bashing people for eating food we were designed to eat (we dont have canine teeth for no reason at all) If you dont like the way animals are treated when used for food there are many other ways to obtain and eat meat without having to contribute to those things.

    • ashley

      We were born to eat meat, You shouldn’t try and push your lifestyle on other people.

  2. michele walker

    We have been cowpooling for about 15 years with 10 families. We buy 3 cows from a local farmer and he raises them organically. Grass fed, no steroids, growth hormones or anti-biotics, etc. You want your cow to be around 1300 lbs live weight and that will get you about 460 lbs of take home weight. We split the cuts up and you get the percentage of each cut according to your percentage of the whole 3 cows. If you see a farmer advertise a price per lb for the beef, be aware that most farmers are quoting you the hung price, not the take home. You will loose about 35% from the hung to the take home. Our price per lb this year went up due to the feed going up and the locker prices. We paid around $ 3.69 a lb for all cuts.

    • Margie

      Good point educating people about the “hanging weight.” On our farm it is $1.50 a pound to us and $0.50 a pound to the butcher (hanging weight). So in total our customers are paying a total of $2.00 a pound on whatever they order, hamburger ($2.00 a pound) and even filets ($2.00 a pound). Can’t go wrong on that! 🙂

      • Michele

        Margie, where do you live? I’d gladly come by meat from you at that price!

        • Margie

          We’re in Pennsylvania.

          • Kris

            Where in PA?

            • Margie

              We’re in Northwestern PA

          • Michele

            Shoot, it figures. We are in West Central GA, grass fed/antibiotic/hormone free ground beef alone sells for over $6 a pound! I have to get it this way because penicillin is one of the main antibiotics used to treat beef. My husband and oldest daughter are extremely allergic to penicillin. I’ve considered “cow-pooling” before, but the nearest farm that would sell is over 2 hours away!

        • Joanie

          That is what we pay here in Pa as well, about $2.00 lb. it is such a deal and I know where my meat comes from.

        • Jamie

          If you could keep the meat fresh – it sounds like it might be worth the drive anyway!! If you are buying 400 lbs. of meat – $4 a pound savings- – -I doubt gas will cost you that much!!!

      • Anonymous

        Margie, would you be willing to share your farm/contact information? I also live in PA and am interested in additional information.

    • Janelle

      I do the same here with a few families. We pay about 1.30 per pound for the whole animal. We always buy from the local fair. We then know where the animal came from and also how it was raised. And we are also supporting the local 4H groups. But I will say we live in a VERY small town. The best of show steer will go for about 2.50ish per pound.

      • Janelle

        oh well are in northest ohio also.

  3. Candace

    My husband and I recently shared half a cow with a few other couples and were really happy with the situation. I live in central TX and we payed about $3.50/lb, which is a great price in an area with good prices for grass-fed meat. I would recommend buying small cuts of meat from a farmer before getting a whole cow to make sure you like the taste since it can vary. Also make sure the total price is clear up front, both with the farmer and with whomever is coordinating the division of meat. While I enjoyed my meat, there was a hang up about price with the farmer, who I had never dealt with before. We’re going to do it again next year, but through a farmer we know and have worked with before.

    • Lacey

      I live in Texas too. We just got a side of beef last month. Something I would point out is to make sure they truly are grass-fed. I have seen some large operations here in our state call their’s grass-fed. Once I researched their process, I found they were grass-fed. But, the last year to year and a half they were in a feedlot. So, they weren’t really grass-fed. So glad you were able to get a good price. We pay $4 for all parts.

    • ka

      wow…where in central TX…this sounds like a really interesting idea.

  4. Danielle

    We did this last year and bought half a cow and split it with my family. It came out at barely over $2.50 a pound and that was for everything, from the ribeye and tbones to ground beef. This is a great price just for lean, healthy ground beef and the rest is a huge bonus. We packed our quarter into a small chest freezer in the basement that I picked up for $50.00 second hand. In retrospect, I could have easily put half to three quarters of the cow in that small freezer and will definitely purchase more the next time around. The only downside is that we were eating more red meat than usual because it was so available. The beef was organic and fantastic tasting!

  5. Jen

    Check eatwild.com to locate farms that sell 1/4, 1/2 and whole grass fed cows. We’ve been doing it for 3 years and we LOVE it!! We pay around $3 per pound, and it includes roasts, steaks, ground beef, ribs and more. If you like to make your own homemade beef stock, you can ask for all the bones too. I get enough bones to keep us in stock for the year!

    We don’t have to find other families to split with. My farmer takes the order, and if you’re buying 1/4 or 1/2, he will wait until there are 2 or 4 people total before processing the cow. We’ve never had to wait more than a few weeks.

    The meat is SO much better than the factory farmed meat in the store, and the animals are treated humanely. Also, grass fed is so much healthier for you, and tastes awesome.

    • emilytwinmom

      I checked out eatwild.com, and only found chickens in our area… guess I live in chicken country HA! I did find some farms offering other meats farther away, but they seem pricey. Darn!!!

  6. Megan

    I’m a meat eater, had hamburgers and steak this week infact.. but thinking of it in these terms is creeping me out! lol I don’t eat meat off the bone, I think too much about where it’s from. If I liked more veggies i’d probably go that route. Anyway we bought a meat pack from a local butcher last year and were greatly disappointed in the quality of the beef, very fatty/grissley. Be sure to taste before you buy in quantity!

  7. Laura

    As far as what to do with different cuts of meat… I use a pressure cooker for all of the lower grades of meat. They are instantly tender and very juicy. It only takes 15-20 minutes and dinner is done. Its a nice way to use up all of the cuts of beef. Also, works great for venison!!!!

    • Panda

      Absolutely LOVE my pressure cooker!!! I’m surprise more women don’t use them. None of my friends use pressure cookers. Guess I do because I grew up watching my Mom cook with one.

      • FairyDust

        they always scared me – I always thought Mom’s was going to blow up 🙂 Never learned how to use one myself…

  8. Amy

    Sharing a cow or other animal is a great idea! It supports your local economy (maybe an FFAer or 4-Her),you know where your food is coming from and it is often fed and better taken care of than a feed lot animal. I have raised food animals my entire life and it’s a good idea. If you are going to keep the meat in the freezer for some time (like most of us) try to get a butcher who will vaccuum pack it. Remember that if there are cuts you don’t want or aren’t familiar with you can always get more hamburger. The butcher will cut what you want. Also it is good to make sure that they are fed grain as well as grass or hay, this will lend to more tender meat.

  9. Anonymous

    We raise beef as freezers and sell cuts of meat for those who dont have room for a 1/4 or 1/2. We are south of Chicago. We raise hormone and antibiotic free beef. We charge $1.80 hanging weight. The only comments we have gotten are “I will never buy meat from the store again” and “its the only steak I dont have to use A1 on”. Just be warned that if you go with a 1/4 or 1/2 you wont want to buy meat any other way!

    • Mandy Borvan

      Is this you business? I live downtown, and I would love to know more about it. If you have an e-mail or phone number, I would like to talk to you to learn more about it.

      Thanks!

    • mom2mnn

      I would also be interested. Please post an email if available.

      • Mandy

        me too! I would love to check it out!

    • Meg

      I am also interested…would you be willing to email me your website if you have one or your email address to contact you. meggiemoo1021@gmail.com Thanks.

    • Angie

      I would love your info as well. I am in Joliet, Southwest of Chicago.

  10. BD

    I love their burgers grilled on the bbq and their chicken nuggets and patties are delish 🙂

    • BD

      this was in response to the previous commenter regarding morningstar…

      • Jenny

        Yes they are very yummy and the price is good to! It’s a great alternative and just one day a week will make you feel better and help the enviroment as well.

        • Joy

          have you read all the preservatives in Morningstar? it is NOT helping your health!

  11. Mary

    We did this once and it was awesome! Bought it direct from my cousin who treats his cattle like he treats his kids.

    • AshATL

      I hope you mean right up until he sends them to the butcher, right, Mary? LOL. I couldn’t resist.

      • Lacey

        LOL!

  12. Jeff

    We buy beef this way and are far happier with the flavor than feed lot beef which is what you are getting when you buy meat in the grocery store. We just paid 737 for a 350lb side of beef hung weight. We took home 250lbs of cut and wrapped meat making the final cost 2.95 lb. Considering the cost of beef is predominately higher than that- I am thrilled. And most importantly it’s the best tasting beef around!

    I will say if you are soley worried about cost the cheapest way to buy is case lot sales at Costco. I have a relative who does this with nice cuts (New Yorks, tri-tip, fillet) and it’s hard to beat with no waste. Catch is you have to cut the steaks from whole sections of meat.

    • Sondra

      thanks for the chart… this is a huge help!

  13. fran

    This is something I have recently started to think about….How would I go about seeing if there is even a place local to me I live on Long Island

  14. tambry

    We just bought 1/4 of grass fed, hormone free beef. The ground beef is 90/10, we are supporting local farms, for around $4/lb average INCL steaks!!!
    To those posting comments about being vegetarian I wish you the best but why be rude and post comments on here? If it isn’t for then move on. I don’t go to your message boards and write about my meal we just ate. A few vegetarians I know like to quote scripture so here is another: do unto others….. youknow the rest. You leave me alone and I will leave you alone. Don’t try to change me and I will do the same.

  15. Michelle L.

    I am in MI and we buy a 1/2 a cow every fall. We are a family of 5 (dad, mom, triplets age 11). We have bought 1/2 a cow going on 5-6 years now. Always from the same farmer, and we use the same butcher. The farmer finds the other family who wants the other 1/2, or 2 families who want a 1/4.
    The cost is $1.90 a pound for the 1/2 – this is the hanging weight (bones, and insides, etc). In 2010 we got 400 pounds and it was $177 to process. A total of $937 for 1/2 a cow. Our butcher asks us who we want it packaged and what cuts we want. I do all the hamburger in 1 pound packages, and 3 steaks to a package. I only have him do 2-3 roasts and make the rest of the roasts into hamburger.

    Then I do buy chicken & pork at the grocery store. It is a great deal if you can find a good farmer!

    • Michelle

      I am also in Michigan and wondering what is the name of the farm you purchase from.

  16. Susan

    My sons are on a gluten free casein free diet due to food allergies and having autism. We eat a lot of meat, fruits, and veggies because of this. Yes, we have bought whole cows and shared the cost with other family members. The cost does very, but it is a health way to buy meat. You can contact the meat processor to see if any fillers or MSG are added to the meat before you decide on where to have it processed. Love this!!!! We are all healthier because of it!

    • emilytwinmom

      I have celiac disease and find myself eating a lot more meat since going gluten free. It’s a healthy easy way to stay away from gluten and all the places it hides! Glad to hear I’m not the only gluten free couponer on here 😉

  17. Margie

    We are farmers and people buy direct from us. We DO NOT put any hormones in our animals. People either buy half or whole cows from us (some even split a 1/4 of a cow) from our small farm. Our customers constantly visit our farm, see our animals, even pet and help take care of them (and we encourage it). We believe in making our animals happy as well as healthy and they are super friendly. As a matter of fact they are very spoiled.

    Our barns are so clean and are so enormous (esp. considering how limited (compared to other farms) animals we have) that my husband hopes to get in the doghouse because he wouldn’t mind having to sleep in the barn. Our animals (cows, chickens, pigs) are out on pastured and not locked in the barn…they are not feedlot animals…they love their high-quality grass. We have changed skeptics minds in our area and these people refuse to buy meat in the store ever again.

    Keep in mind, I was born and raised a city girl and had a very narrow-minded opinion about farms and farmers and how they were unethical towards animals. Some are, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen the videos. However, my husband showed me (before he was my husband at the time) how farming SHOULD be and how it is for him and I’ve never turned back. I’m a country girl at heart now and proud to be considered a farmer.

    • Mallory

      Margie, I would love to know your website!

      • Margie

        Unfortunately, we don’t have a website just yet. Most of our meat sold is just through word of mouth from customers who serve our meat during a dinner party, or just talking about the meat they get from us. We actually have a waiting list for our cows. We are located in Pennyslvania. Thanks for the interest! 🙂

        • LisaB

          Margie… If you happen to see this please send some contact info… I’m in PA and would love to purchase from you!

    • Jill

      We are currently raising our first three cows on our farm. They will be ready in the fall. We are grass feeding them and I am very worried about my abiliy to cook the beef. We are from Iowa so everyone here (of course) think that corn feeding is the only way to go. I have been informed by many that my grass feed beef will be very lean and tough. Any advice?

      • Margie

        I tend to cook my meat faster, and honestly, we like pink (other than hamburger), but not mooing like I’ve heard the saying go. Though with our grass-fed beef, I have found that as long as they are steers (they had to have become steers before being able to reproduce) our meat has been quite tender. I have not found it to be tougher than grain-fed or corn-fed beef. Even my husband’s grandfather agrees and he’s been farming “forever” (as he says) and thinks the only way to raise cattle is by grain-feeding them the last 6 weeks. 🙂 Perhaps we baby our beef too much?? 🙂

  18. eva johnson

    Kroger has strip steak for $4.99 per lb. If you buy the whole loin you pay $3.99 per lb. Yesterday I bought a 17 lb loin, had it cut into steaks and have 19 large steaks. Eva

  19. Audra

    I’m wanting to make some steak kabobs this weekend and I cannnot figure out what cut I’m supposed to use. Any help?

    • emilytwinmom

      If you don’t find a response here, try asking the butcher at a local grocery store. As long as they aren’t telling you to buy the most expensive cut I would believe them! We have some great butchers at our local Publix who help me find cuts whenever I ask – for fajitas, grilling, and marinating!

    • Margie

      I always use some of the medium-grade roasts (we’re not a big roast family) or steaks…not the higher quality meat, it just seems like it would be a waste. However, I’m better at raising the beef, not cooking it! 🙂

  20. Tom

    (Kansas) I recently purchased a quarter of a cow (234 lbs) as part of a “cowpool”. We paid $0.64/lb for the processing of the beef and $1.80/lb for the meat itself. That’s a total of $2.44/lb for a great mix of steaks, lean ground beef, roasts, soup bone, oxtail, etc. I rarely see any ground beef prices that are as low as this and certainly never see steaks, roasts, etc. at this price. It requires a hefty outlay of cash at once, but it is certainly economical over the long haul.

  21. Darlene

    I’m in Trinity, NC and would love to purchase 1/4 or 1/2. Anyone know where I could go?

  22. mechele

    ok…they didn’t ask for everyone to judge them because they eat meat! they just want answers and help, c’mon you guys we’re better than that.

    cowpooling is a great idea and way to save $$. i’ve done it and was very pleased…usually count on $850-$900 out of pocket for a 1/2 cow.
    the “chuck” roasts and/or cuts are ones you need to cook low and slow, a bit more greasy, but very good when prepared properly.
    i have the burger put into 1# pkgs and steaks in 2’s and 4’s. the roasts i have cut into 3-4# of the ones i want and the rest for burger. make sure you get flank and hanger steaks cut, these are wonderful for fajitas, stir fry’s etc. and they cook very quickly with amazing flavor!

    hope this helps 🙂

  23. Steph

    Our cow turns out to be around $2.50/lb for steaks, ground beef, roasts, and all other cuts of meat. It’s a great deal! And our deep freeze didn’t cost us more than $200 from Sears, but you can probably find one on Craigslist too.

  24. Susie

    In addition to working for Farm Bureau and the Angus Association, my husband raises grain-fed Angus cattle for this purpose. Everyone who has purchased meat from us has been very pleased and will no longer purchase from a grocery store. It is so much easier to go to a freezer full of meat rather than trying to buy it every shopping trip (overwhelming to me!) If anyone in the northwest or central Ohio/southeast Michigan area is interested, post your e-mail and I can send you some information!

  25. Kathy

    I’ve been going to culinary school and last semester we took meat processing. The easiest thing I can tell you is think of yourself as walking on all four like a cow. Any part of the cow that is used alot in walking is going to be tough and needs to be cooked with moisture and for a longtime in the oven or grill. Flank steak or skirt steak is tough it is cooked on the grill pretty fast and is used for fahita’s and has to be cut very thin and across the grain at an angle. Anything that is part of the back like tenderloin it really tender.But VERY EXPENSIVE!!!Chuck roast is great for a pot roast (moist heat in the oven0 ground chuck is the best ground meat for the price and has the flavor for ground meat. Any tenderized beef is great for coating with flour and frying in the skillet with some oil.It looks like it has wholes in it. The fibers have been broken in the meat and it makes it tender.Great with some mashed potatoes and steamed vegs.Ribeye is a wonderful steak. Has lots of marbleing (some people call it fat but it is what gives the flavor)Short ribs are great for browning and then stewing. Go to Winn dixie and ask for a meat pamplet they have it is wonderful. All the info you are hunting for and it’s FREE. Good luck.

  26. Margie

    Let me just say we are farmers (in case you didn’t read other posts of mine) and we raise cattle, pigs, and chickens. We sell our meat and actually as a result of this got a better deal on my car! We gave the dealership a pig to divide among themselves (we’re in a rural area) in exchange for money off of our vehicle! 🙂 Needless to say we have repeat customers from the car dealership. Bartering still works!

  27. Heather

    Actually my mother-in-law does “cow-pooling” and to be quite honest it is the best meat you can get! Her food is sooo delicious! I think it is also cost effective as well, purchasing it in bulk. I hope that you give it a chance! Also, choosing to be a vegetarian is a personal choice and I hope many of you take a second before you judge someone for choosing to eat meat. We all choose our own paths.

  28. Stephanie

    I usually just ask the butcher which cut of meat is the best because I have no clue. I usually only cook meat when my husband is home (he is military) but now that he is home more we are looking into “cowpooling.” My SIL’s family has done it for years. Besides knowing exactly where the meat came from it is a better quality, more cost effective (less time going to and from the grocery store), and you are supporting local farmers.

  29. Momy2Akshu

    I do not eat beef, but do eat chicken and goat/lamb. Wow this post is so informative, as I was unaware of cowpooling prior. I learnt a new way of eating healthy meat than buying from the grocery stores. I live in norcal, bayarea. I would love to know any farms near from where I could get organic poultry and lamb/goat. From some of the previous posts, I did lookup in eatwild and localharvest sites, but not much help for my area. Would greatly appreciate if some one could provide good options around this area.
    Thanks all for all the valuable time and informative posts and thanks collin!!, as this post has made me realize to change to a healthier lifestyle and feed my family better quality food.

  30. Marian

    I you are going to cowpool one thing I would recommend is you get it from a processing plant. Make sure that it was raised on grains and hay. There is nothing like beef that has been home grown. You sure can tell the difference from the stuff that you get from the store. For one thing the beef in the stores have all kinds of steroids in the meat, normally the home grown ones are raised with grain and hay (big difference). Well that’s all I have to say. I use to raise my own steers for our family home consumption.

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