After I received our quarter cow from the farm, I tried to give you all a visual so that you could understand how much meat it would be. All the pictures just looked like piles of butcher-paper packages though. It was really unclear how much was there. So, I decided to break it down a different way for you.
Here are the cuts of meat that I received:
- 2 porterhouse steaks
- 2 top round roasts
- 6 sirloin steaks
- 2 t-bone steaks
- 2 bottom round roasts
- 2 sirloin tip steaks
- 6 rib steaks
- about 80 packs of ground beef (I am guessing to be about 3/4 or 1 lb. each)
Here is a picture of one of the standard packages of ground beef next to my hand so that you can get a visual of its size (by the way, I have very long fingers…) Anyways, we paid $382 for our quarter cow. My family of four + a baby would use one roast or one pack of ground beef or two steaks for a given dinner. According to my calculations, this means that we spent about $4 per dinner for our meat. This sounds expensive until you consider that a pound of organic ground beef in the grocery store is $5 and the other cuts of meat are FAR MORE pricey. So, it really is a bargain. It is well worth it, if you have the money up-front and the freezer space.
PS – you could easily fit a quarter cow in the top freezer of a standard upright fridge/freezer combo, or in the freezer side of a standard side-by-side fridge/freezer. Happy meat eating!