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1/27/12 7:14 P

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I have a friend who raises cattle. We usually get a half each fall. The thing I like is the quality of the meat. The thing I don't is you get cuts of meat I usually would not buy, like brisket.

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8/17/11 8:38 A

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You might try Yelp or Chowhound to find some butchers that look interesting and then do some comparison shoping.

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I'm still looking for a local (or semi-local) source that does not mean paying top dollar!

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8/14/11 7:59 P

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I think that would only fit 1/4 of a cow. I think you need at least the 5.7 especially if other items are going in it. (This is only based on opinions of friends who have one).

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8/14/11 1:01 P

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Okay I have always had one question about buying a cow. How much room would you need for 1/2 a cow? I asked this one before and got a depends answer, on cuts/bones, etc. But how much room would you need on average. I do have 2 7 cu ft. freezer but I do store alot of fruit/veggies/baked goods/casseroles.

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8/14/11 12:58 P

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I can't remember the name of the big hunk of beef I buy, I think it is bottom sirloin, or sirloin butt. It is the big roundish hunk of meat. When you are at Costco get the FoodSaver rolls there instead of the grocery store. I paid $36 for 6 rolls, at the grocery store and Walmart I was paying $27 for 2. I gotta head to Costco again soon for bags as corn season is here.

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8/14/11 1:25 A

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Boo Me neither. Well not for meat anyway.

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8/13/11 11:07 P

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I checked out their site. Nothing close enough for me....

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8/13/11 10:33 P

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I found a local farmer to purchase my organic grassfed beef, pig and chickens, from this site, localharvest.org. Hope that helps. I love having 1/4 of a cow, 1/2 a pig and a few chickens in my freezer!

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8/10/11 12:38 A

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Ebay here I come. I want one of these! Freezer bags and white meat wrap from the meat dept. always let me down!

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8/9/11 8:58 A

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I thought about doing that with meat from sam's. What cut of meat is the one you get?


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8/9/11 1:38 A

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I am on my second FoodSaver, I get mine at Walmart for about $100. But like stated they pay for themselves. I buy my steak (beef and pork) from Costco. I buy the big hunks of beef and cut my own steak, stew meat, kabob meat, roasts from it, I normally get 9 meals out of it for $35. I also get the pork loin and cut that too, about 7 meals for $18. And I get the thickness of steak I like, we don't like big thick steaks like the ones sold at Costco.

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8/4/11 10:46 P

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The name of it is Food Saver. You can go on Foodsaver.com, see all the different models and read about them. But you can find them all over, Ebay, Amazon, I got mine at Sam's Warehouse. Look around, see what model fits your needs and what price is good for you. But like I said, I have saved more money by using it, than I paid for it 5 years ago.
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8/4/11 10:15 P

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How much are one of those? What brand is it?

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Good for you...I love mine!!

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I want one of those food savers - it's on my list if/when I have a big enough place for it!

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I divide the ground meat into 1.5 lb packages and freeze them that way. If Sam's has a good price on pork loin, I will separate it into portions big enough for my family. I don't like a lot of leftovers that may not get eaten, so this way I can cut the meat in portions that fit my family. It even works with coffee...I buy the large bag of whole beans, grind them and vacuum pack it, I save money on buying in bulk and always have fresh coffee. It's a handy tool and has paid for itself.

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Do you divide the meat into smaller packages or seal all of it in one?

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I have a Food Saver Vacuum packer and love it! Even though we are only a family of 4, I shop a lot at the warehouse stores, (here it's Sam's). When I do buy (as my 9yo daughter says) 'store bought meat', I buy in 10lb packages, pack them individually, and freeze them. My husband and son love to fish, the Food Saver seals those nicely and I don't have to pack the fish in water. I buy as much as I can in bulk, which has saved us plenty on our grocery bill.

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June,
I agree!

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I never would have thought to buy 10+ pounds at a time. I will have to explore that...

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We have never bought half a cow, but we often buy meat in bulk in smaller quantities. One of the local butchers here sells meet at a reduced price when you buy 10 pounds or more, so unless we find a sale where the meat is cheaper - which sometimes does happen! - we buy 10 pounds at a time.

There are all kinds of packages available. Including the half a cow, although that would include a lot of expensive cuts that we don't normally eat.

You should be able to get a list of butchers by using Google and the names of a couple of cities in your area.

The auction sounds like a great idea if you want a whole cow, especially if you are going for high quality meat.

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If you can find your local livestock auction house and a slaughter house or butcher, you can do it that way. You might want to take a day and visit the auction house on auction day, talk with some of the people there and see if you can get some info on butchers, local farmers, that sort of thing. At auction they should also have smaller livestock for sell as well.
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7/27/11 9:02 P

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KITTY, that is excellent!

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I've been praying off & on about buying a 1/2 or even a whole cow but have to get a deep freezer. However this Sunday this guy is giving us some meat so that'll save us some money. I'm exstreemly grateful for him.

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I have bought a half cow, but from a local farmer. Sorry, I can't help you about the internet. Buying meat this way is fantastic - we had meat for AGES, and at such a fair price. There were even a few pieces forgotten about in the depths of the freezer, but when I did open them, they were fine - butchers really know how to wrap!

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7/27/11 12:32 A

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Our friends and I would like to buy a whole cow. We are in Southern California and am not finding much help on the web.

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