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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I mean, literally, a whole or half cow.

    Does anyone here buy their meat in bulk from farmers? If you ever have, would you recommend it? Or was it more of a pain in the ass than buying farmer market meat as needed?
    My mom did this for a long time, buying from a local farm. She said it tasted better and was cheaper in the long run. It'd last like, the whole year.
    You do need a whole separate freezer for it, but yeah, it's worthwhile for the lower cost and convenience if you eat beef. Definitely know what cuts you like and which you don't, though.
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    Currently we have a freezer, but my father keeps shoving other stuff in there instead of eating it down -_- .. I was thinking about this as a potential option for us in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    Currently we have a freezer, but my father keeps shoving other stuff in there instead of eating it down -_- .. I was thinking about this as a potential option for us in the near future.
    It's a good option. We are considering a pig in the fall. I currently get chickens and meat from a local co-op. This is a great way to do it and support local farming. I order from the website and pick up on whatever day they schedule. I volunteer on pickup days when I can too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    It's a good option. We are considering a pig in the fall. I currently get chickens and meat from a local co-op. This is a great way to do it and support local farming. I order from the website and pick up on whatever day they schedule. I volunteer on pickup days when I can too.
    There's a really great co-op here in the Houston area but it's only fruits and vegetables, as the owner is 80/10/10. I just found a small market up the road that sells discount veggies and fruits and beef and eggs, so I think I'm going to ask them about chickens.
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    I grew up on a farm and we filled our own freezers in addition to my Dad selling sides of beef, pork and lamb to many friends and family. I would suggest striking up a relationship with a local farmer who has a good reputation aligned with any personal values on the life of the animals that you feel is important. A fully pastured beef will be far more lean than you might expect. Some grain in the feed will naturally up the fat content of the meat.

    Alternately, you could purchase a steer and have it raised by a farmer of your choosing. Then, once it reaches slaughter weight, make arrangements with the abbatoir yourself. You'll need a large freezer, as ceecee pointed out, and you get to choose the cuts, sizes of roasts, how much to make into ground beef etc.

    Since I grew up living like this, it seems pretty natural and it is certainly economical. You do, however, get some variability in taste from each animal. Even if you're not happy, you then still have to find ways of cooking to help it be more palatable to you.
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    My father had red deer for quite some time and when one of the younger stags turned out to be Testosterone 2000, killed a hind and injured another, he bought a big freezer and had him slaughtered.

    Cost wise, that was a lot of cheap grade A meat we had the pleasure of indulging in for quite some time. Plus, red deer meat is soooooo good. Cows don't compare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Plus, red deer meat is soooooooo good. Cows don't compare.
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