Buy A Side of Beef; You Will Always Know Where Your Food Came From
Buy a grassfed side of beef and you will get a good deal.
Before you buy, make sure you have the storage space. Here’s the rule of thumb: You need approximately 1 to 1.5 cubic feet of storage space for each 30-35 pounds of grassfed beef or lamb bought in bulk.
The advantages of buying grassfed beef in bulk include:
Superior quality meat-—Grocery-store meat is aged 5-7 days. Beef purchased from a local source is often aged 14-21 days, depending on the locker and the request of the farmer or consumer. (Aged beef is generally considered more tasty and tender.)
Health--Grassfed meat is loaded with CLA and omega-3 fatty acids, both cancer and obesity fighters. Plus, you consistently have a supply of healthy meat on hand.
Food Safety--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. Grassfed beef has an incredible 315,000 fewer e-coli than grain-fed beef according to a recent test.
Support of local business-—Buying local saves shipping costs, helps the environment, supports a local farmer and the meat packer who processes the animal.
Easier budgeting-—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—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.
Excellent pricing-—Buying grassfed beef or lamb in bulk can save you money over regular grocery store prices. However, it may be possible to save more at the grocery store by watching for sales. The disadvantage, of course--grocery store meat would not have the health or taste benefits of grass-fed beef.