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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.
A couple of weeks back I was watering flowers on my deck and I had to let the water run a bit to get the hot water out of the hose. In an instant a hummingbird was two feet from my face taking a bath in my spray. It landed near by did some cleaning and repeated this bath two more times. The deer have lost their shyness, and I saw a fox yesterday eating wild plumbs.
Have you ever heard about a guy near Detroit who harvests raccoons all week, butchers and marinades them, and takes them all someplace on Saturday morning where a bunch of people are waiting to buy them?
Buy Lean - not necessarily, always calculate the percent of fat into the unit price
Avoid Pre-cut - agreed, how hard is it to form a patty
Buy In Bulk - not necessarily, compare the price of a side of beef with what you can get on sale at the store. I don’t pay over $3 lb. at the store.
Look for Markdowns - many stores aren’t doing markdowns anymore. My store is ordering less so when they run out, they’re out.
Try “Meatless Monday” - hmmm, guess it would be too Christian to stick with the old standby of fish on Friday
pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from Costco - Costco isn’t everywhere so I’ve never been to one. The only time I’ve ever bought a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken was many years ago when the store had a promotion that was cheaper than a whole uncooked chicken. Bought several and put them in the freezer.
Add Healthy Fillers - who wants to bet all other grain-stuffs will rise in price, not just corn. Maybe adding grains is a regional thing. We only add crackers to meatloaf and not as a filler but a grease soaker upper.
Grass fed?!? Barf, spit, gag!!!!
Consider a career in rustling.
Crock pot is your friend. We raise beef but buy or trade for pork from a neighbor.
I put all the odd bits of pork (shoulders, ribs, etc.) in the crock pot and make pulled pork out of that.
No waste that way.
That's what we do. Great beef/no corn. It is pretty lean, but the flavor is great. I'm in Ignacio CO....very close the NM border.
Last summer during the Texas drought (still in a drought), the deer camped out in and birthed their babies at people’s front doors as that was the only green around.
I saw an article that said the water level of the Mississippi was down 20 feet and beginning to affect shipping. It said if the water level decreases any more that shipping would have to stop and that the dollar affect would be $500 million a day in losses.
They are expecting the water level to decrease more. So....looks like prices are headed up for a number of reasons.
Railway a truck shipping should boom.
My friend has a truck brokerage company and they're already having a record year in the amount of business they've done.
What is your problem with it? I'd really like to know.
Here, our local beef prices have risen dramatically. They now sell bone-in beef short ribs at “sale price”....which used to be the normal price.
Me and another gal at work were laughing about it. We both agreed “thank goodness we have had our fair share of short ribs already”.
” But our local beef prices have not dropped a penny. If anything they are still going up. “
Not only have the meat prices at my local WalMart (so shoot me..) gone up, but for the past month, the meat department has been pathetic - last time I shopped (on a Saturday!!) the Beef section had a whole 6 packages.. (Not counting ground beef, but they were out of a number of the ‘grinds’ there, too...)
Pork and chicken weren’t much better - and there wasn’t a “Yellow Tag” markdown in sight....
Something bad is going on, here....
I do not remember where, but I too saw a report on the constant need to dredge a 'path' in the Mississippi... I am not surprised at all to read it is down 20 feet.
One of the things that has struck me is the difference in comprehension from 'reading' about the drought, and to literally going through it. While the temperatures have cooled, I have had no measurable rain since June. I mean by measurable rain is anything more than an inch accumulation during any rain shower.
Last I read/heard a few weeks ago Missouri is 25.+ inches behind in an average year. That is a lot of water to make up by December.
Grease-soaked cracker crumbs? Try lining your baking pan with foil, place a cake rack on it and then place your meat loaf on it and bake. You can use a layer pan for a small meatloaf. The fat will drip thru to the bottom of the pan. The fat will harden as it cools. Wrap the foil up and throw it in the trash. I keep it in the freezer until trash day.
THAT dog will hunt! Good dog!
Come to Texas and kill a feral hog or three for yourself.
End ethanol, nuff said...Those votes cost 75Cents a gallon....
It tastes like a bunch of weeds but to each his own.
Our supermarkets here in Arlington VA have plenty of all cuts of meat. No shortages.
It's been that way here for a couple years. They'll put out a couple of packages of whatever cut and that's it. It's like doing a drug deal to get more. You have to find "the guy" and he'll hemhaw around and finally go to the back only to bring out one little package and tell you that's all he has. The usual story is the truck didn't have whatever it is you want. I haven't seen a markdown on fresh produce in a year either. Who knows what they're doing with it all.
I feel like a Soviet citizen reading Pravda not knowing what to believe.
There is terrible inflation, I know because I buy groceries. The media, including "conservative" media, doesn't seem to know about it.
What percentage of this terrible inflation is due to gas prices, etc. and what part has anything to due with rainfall?
Is this drought stuff real, or just global warming propaganda?
Can any Freeper advise?
” You have to find “the guy” “
I go straight for the Assistant Manager On Duty (there’s one that cringes and tries to scurry off whenever he sees me.. ;)) I don’t get any more meat (or whatever else they’re out of), but there’s a certain grim satisfaction in making ‘the man’ squirm... ;)
9] Eat squirrel.
” What percentage of this terrible inflation is due to gas prices, etc. and what part has anything to due with rainfall?
Is this drought stuff real, or just global warming propaganda? “
This year (and last year, and the year before) have been about petroleum prices (fuel and fertilizer) - next year is when we really get clobbered by the double-whammy of drought and even higher petroleum... Brace yourself...
By the bye, yes the drought is as ‘real’ and as serious as it can be...
Some of you considering grass vs. corn fed beef will find this interesting:
Also, since producers will continue liquidating herds in the next few months it could be an ideal time to buy low and put it in a freezer.
This does not surprise me. Right now I have two bucks that visit my garden nightly. In all the time I have lived here 20 + years I have never seen buck so bold. These two will snort and whistle when run off. The does are much braver and make their tour day or night. Course now I watered my garden and there are some apple trees nearby which these two bucks have at least one daily meal. There is no green grass/weeds except around the garden edge.
Thx for the info, unpleasant though it is!
I grew up on grass-fed Black Angus grown on our farm. Totally grass fed, no corn used in “finishing”. Local butcher, hung just the right amount of time in our own cooler.
None of the beef today has ever equaled the taste - even the “grass-fed” I buy at the market. (little or no taste to me - very bland)
I guess it is what you are used to -