Skip to comments.How To Save Money On Meat As Corn Prices Soar
Posted on 08/19/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by blam
How To Save Money On Meat As Corn Prices Soar
Andrea Woroch, AndreaWoroch.com
Aug. 19, 2012, 12:14 PM
A few weeks ago, the USDA warned about the impending increase in food prices as drought continues to diminish corn and soybean crops. More recently, however, the USDA advised corn crop yields are even less than previously estimated, making the future of grocery bills even more bleak.
Since 40 percent of US-grown corn is used for animal feed, beef, pork and poultry will see the most significant price increases. If you and your family depend on meat as a primary source of protein, consider the following eight strategies for reducing your grocery bill without sacrificing your taste buds.
1. Buy Lean
You may be tempted by the pricetag of 70 or 80-percent lean meats, but all of your savings will end up at the bottom of the grill. The fat comprising the remaining 20 to 30 percent of that package will render during cooking, making the lean-meat purchase a better deal in the long run. Plus, lean meat is the healthier choice -- bonus!
2. Avoid Pre-cut
Cubed meats and pre-made patties are convenient, but ultimately a waste of money. If you're guilty of purchasing these pre-made provisions, cease and desist to realize immediate savings. Additionally, grind your chuck at home or ask the butcher to do it for you. You'll get the same ground meat for much less, plus it seems fresher!
3. Buy in Bulk
If you consume a lot of meat, buying in bulk is a no-brainer way to keep costs down. Consider going in on a side of beef with a few other families to score healthier, high-quality meat for less. You'll need storage space, but you'll pay
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"Consider the Grain Giant Cargills CEOs extraordinary statement recently that the U.S. Government Mandate that Corn be used to make Ethanol for fuel, could lead to a 40% to 50% rise in food prices!"
I hadn’t thought about it for meat but I did just order two more live traps for the critters.
This list comes under the category of “no duh”.
Too bad we poison cows w corn at all. Grass feed is everywhere.
Once we get our new freezer I’ll be getting a side of beef from a place near here. They cut it all up and vacuum seal it.
Grass fed and corn fed beef have a totally different taste. Most people, like me, are used to the corn fed taste. We have a friend whose mom used to have a ranch and he would bring us grass fed tri tips, I couldn’t eat it, hated the taste.
Guess you would get used to the taste after awhile but.....
Oh the other thing, buy local from farmers who grass feed their cattle. Lots of them here locally.
For weeks we have been reading news stories that beef prices are dropping as herds are thinned due to high corn prices.
But our local beef prices have not dropped a penny. If anything they are still going up.
Maybe the grocers haven’t read the same news stories.
If you live in North Texas or Southern Oklahoma, take a look at this:
They raise their cattle themselves.
Another helpful hint would be to take up hunting and fishing. I bought a few ribeyes last year and this year but mostly we eat wild game. I put three deer 4 hogs 2 turkeys, over a hundred lbs of catfish, dove, quail and an elk in the freezer last year. We eat good and have fun in the process, my wife loves to hunt and fish and so do I.
My meat prices have dropped (NE Illinois), but not by much.
In the midwest we get corn fed beef. Mmmmm...yum.
But I've been to some restaurants in Texas and out west, that pride themselves on their steaks. Eh...not so good.
I know wet aging and dry aging and frying, broiling and grilling. I don't care for grass fed beef.
Ethanol for cars is about the worse idea that any pin head ever thought of.
Personally I would rather eat than drive a car. In case anyone is wondering I travel by bike for 90% of my personal trips and I commute by bike. You would be surprised at the amount of work that a bike can do. If needed I use a trailer to move groceries, concrete, and almost any job you need a car for.
It may sound strange for many people but I can’t afford to drive and I want to stay fit.