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Old 01-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #31
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My parents gave us a 1/3 local grasses beef for Christmas. They do this every year. They get it from a local Amish farmer. They said it was more expensive this year because beef is going up. We have a small chest freezer in the basement. We still had a few roasts from last year, but we use the 1/3 with no problem. I have a hard time eating corn fed beef now that I am spoiled by the beef she buys. It is so good. It makes grocery shopping easier too!

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. I HIGHLY recommend that you get a chest freezer as opposed to the upright kind. The upright kind are normally frost free and this can wreck havoc with your meat long term. The chest freezers need to be defrosted (about once a year is what we have found) but do a better job and preserving food.

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This is going to largely depend on what year your freezer was manufactured. My chest freezer is frost free. My upright isnt. My chest freezer is also newer (like 3 years old) my upright is about 6 or so years old. Just check the manufactures user manual.
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My most prized cut is flank steak. I think I get 2 with my half. I love it. It used to be a cheaper cut but I guess its popularity has risen and so has the price. A few unusual cuts we look foward to are the hanger steak (diaphragm ) and the tri tip (sirloin).

I also really appreciate an eye of round roast because its uniform shape makes it perfect for slow, low heat cooking.
Yum! I love the flank steak. I usually make fajitas and they are so yummy!
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Re: Where did you find your side of beef? Looking to buy half a cow....

Hmm...I'd never considered this before but am now looking into buying half a side this spring for BBQ season.
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We found a farmer on CL who was selling. He delivered it to the meat locker, they processed it and we picked it up. Easy peasy!

You might also trying calling a meat locker and asking if they know of anyone who has beef that might be selling? Or post an ad on CL yourself, I'm sure you'd get hits that way too.
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Can someone give me an example of how much of each cut you receive? I know this will vary on size but just an estimate would be very helpful
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What cuts do you all get? I don't really cook roasts. I use some ground but wouldn't want more than way 50 lb packages. I make beef stew a good bit and was thinking a stir fry cut would be useful.
We get LOTS of ground because we don't do roasts really. Chuck, round, even less desirable parts of sirloin, get grounded.

I like eye round steaks for breakfast (seared under the broiler for 4 minutes, yummy!) so that gets cut up rather than being left as a roast.

Braised ribs are the best!

Brisket, tenderloin, and the flank/flap meat of the sirloin is fantastic.

The general rule is if it isn't a steak/ribs, it is ground.

We eat lots of spaghetti, lasagne, burgers and tacos over the year so the ground really works better for us.

We ask that many of the bones get cut into smallish pieces and we give them to the dogs or we make bone broth.

I can't find our cut sheet from two years ago (and we don't get our new beef until February), but we had something like 50+lbs of ground, packaged by 2lbs increments. 30+lbs of various steaks (cut thin at 4 per pack), 2-3 roasts (these were pretty big, meh, 20+ lbs total), 10lbs (maybe of ribs). This was our quarter beef (116lbs-ish as I recall...somewhere in there). We have none of that left. That's why we are sharing a quarter this time since it took us 2 yrs to eat a 1/4.
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We buy from Beaver Dam Beef (Bill Dunlap). Grass-fed beef, small farm, and he delivers it to your door for a delivery fee that is about what you'd spend in gas picking it up yourself anyway. Based in Roseboro, NC and delivers to Raleigh area.
I can pm you his contact info if you are interested.

A small chest freezer can accommodate a half just fine.
Could you send me that info? We are looking for someone!
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