Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Go, MEAT!!

No, I have not watched that Hillshire Farms commercial too much. LOL!

Last week I had taken Friday off, just because. Since we recently got our tax refund, small though it was, and my annual bonus, a little larger, we decided to take advantage of a sale at our local meat market. The above is NOT a picture of the actual meat market. I will take my camera next time we go, as it is really cool. It has been there for over 20 years and is just wonderful. The meat is fresh, the prices good and the service is great.

We called our order in, while we were at lunch, to pick up on the way home. We got there and walked in and it is just like stepping back in time. The hardwood floors, the walls crammed with antiques and garage sale items. The smells reminiscent of an old country butcher shop. It was yummy!

Our order was ready, except for the ground beef, which we just got from the case. I got 9 3 lb packs of fresh ground beef for $.99/lb! I haven't got ground beef at that price in at least a year.

Hubby ordered 6 BBQ sandwiches, made fresh while he watched. (They were HUGE!)

This is what we took home:
27 lbs ground beef
4 lbs Sirloin Steak
4 lbs Round Steak
4 lbs Chopped Sirloin
4 lbs Pork Chops
4 lbs Arm Roast
4 lbs Lean Ground Chuck
6 lbs Fryer (chicken) cut up
1 lb sliced Turkey Breast
1 lb sliced Virginia Ham
3 lbs Pan Sausage
1 dozen egg rolls
15 lb bag French Fries
1 Dozen Large Eggs
6 BBQ sandwiches

Are you in a meat coma, yet? LOL! We got all of this for $125!! I was very happy with the price and the quality is amazing. Oh, and they packaged everything exactly the way I wanted it, in the portion sizes I requested (except the ground beef) and tenderized a lot of it!

I got home and divided up the ground beef packages into 1 lb packs, keeping 3 whole for meatloaves. I used my seal a meal to package it all up and put in the freezer. Our freezer is now stocked with enough meat to last us many, many months!

I only spent $22 at the grocery store this weekend. A couple of more trips like that and the meat market purchase will still be in line with my (informal) grocery budget.

Go, meat!


Annie Jones said...

Yay, you!

spaghetti0625 said...

I wish I had a meat market by us :(

SonyaAnn said...

That was an awesome deal. Just another reason for me to come visit you. I just wonder if the meat would make it back to IL without spoiling.;)

Frances said...

Spaghetti, I wish you did, too! I have not been finding any deals on meat at the grocery store. I was so glad to go stock up.

Thanks for coming to see me!

Frances said...

Annie Jones, thanks for coming to see me, too!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, the meat you ATE while here would not spoil on the way back!

Marilyn's Money said...

When's the cook-out? I'm coming! Rats, SonyaAnn beat me again!

Diane said...

What a great deal. I wish we had a local butcher shop to purchase meat, especially if it was organic or locally grown.

Frances said...

Marilyn, there is enough to go around. LOL! Or enough to last us for a really long time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frances said...

Diane, thanks for coming by.

I don't know if our meat market sell organic meat. Personally, I just don't worry much about that. They DO sell a lot of local meat, though, so I may have bough organic and just didn't pay attention.

I know a lot of local farms here farm organically, but aren't "certified organic". I am not sure why. But I like to support local farmers.

Together We Save said...

That is awesome!! Not haing to buy meat in your regular grocery budget really can help!

Together We Save said...

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Sorry again... I really can not spell.

Frances said...

Hi, Together We Save! Thanks for coming to see me.

We have done the big meat buy a few times, usually using part of my annual bonus to do it. I don't know why we don't go more often. It is cheaper than the grocery store.