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Where to get the cheapest red meat?


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Where to get the cheapest red meat?

LaureltQ | | Jan 15, 2011 08:41 PM

Where do you buy the cheapest red meat? Extra points for non-ground!

I have 2 80lb malamute mixes that are rescue doggies that I feed a modified raw diet to (raw chickens, meats, etc, + yogurt, butter, cream, + cooked/frozen veggies). They are very healthy, but I have trouble finding good deals on red meat other than ground beef, which I'd prefer not to feed them(not that they care). I'm looking for notably less than $2/lb. They eat like 100lbs of food a month, and unfortunately, rely too much on chicken (which I can find for under $1/lb) for their protein.

I also find that even stew meats (at my local grocers) run at least $3-$4/lb (which I think is a bit high compared to chicken!). As a result, we rarely eat red meats, though I'd prefer to eat more. We LOVE to eat steak, but don't do it much because of the cost. Iron is good for you!

I have done some searching for local farms that sell portions (like 1/2s or 1/3s) of cows to get a decent deal on meat (I have a chest freezer) but none of the nearby farms have cows, mostly they all have pigs and chickens, which I can find for cheap pretty conveniently. We'd eat all the tasty good parts, and all the freaky parts and bits that we don't want would go to the doggies.

That's not to say that we don't enjoy high quality meat, most of the time I try to make sure we get nice stuff, and during the summer (when farmers markets are open and the garden is producing) we like to eat seasonally and cook/freeze things, but we ARE on a budget, and the more money we spend on the furkids' food, the less we can spend on our own!

Where do you go for killer deals on red meats?