This fall we bought a quarter of a cow from our milk farm. I think it amounted to approximately 80 lbs. of meat, almost half as ground beef.
Here it is stocked in our new (used) freezer that conveniently fit in our garage, just steps from the kitchen!
Not only will it be nice to have meat readily available for the next several months, but the cows are grass-fed on natural grass and never given growth hormones, hormones of any kind, or antibiotics, so the meat is more nutritious. It tastes better to! Just one more step in our journey toward healthier living.
And by the way, if you're thinking that "eating beef" shouldn't be part of a paragraph about "healthier living", check out this article (it's kind of long).
I'm not an expert, but what I do know ... Fats are not created equal. The nutrition of all-natural beef can't be compared with assembly-line, medicated, get-big-quick cows. Digesting our food well is crucial to good health, and beef does digest well in a healthy digestive system. There are so many myths out there, and errored research, that so many things we're taught (mostly here in the U.S.) sadly, just aren't true.
There are an endless number of posts that I could write about such food and health issues that I've learned over the past several years (such as, real butter is better for you than fake, low-fat butter substitutions, and raw milk is extremely healthy). One book that dispels many current food and health myths is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. The Weston A. Price Foundation is also a good starting point. Look around, you might be surprised!