We’ve been buying beef from the rancher up the road for so long, I’d forgotten what cooking store-bought beef was like. But last week we ran out of the good stuff, and will have to wait until he butchers again until we can buy more. So, we bought a few pounds of ground beef from the store.
As it browned in the pan, I noticed that it was quickly swimming in yellow liquid- enough so that I had to pour it off into a jar so the meat could continue to fry.
I’d forgotten about how much grease comes off the hamburger meat you buy at the store! Beef from a grass-fed cow produces almost zero grease. I was pretty grossed out by how much fat was in that meat.
When it was all cooked up my husband walked into the kitchen and looked at what was left in the pan and said, “I thought you were frying a pound?” I said, “I did.” He said, “Where’d it all go??” And I pointed to the jar full of grease. And I suddenly had a revelation, for I never before understood what that 80/20 on the package of meat meant!
20 percent of that pound of beef was fat!! Twenty percent! That’s quite a significant loss in meat! And I’d just paid for that grease I was about to throw way. My frugal nature felt robbed.
And it occurred to me that the grass fed beef we’ve been buying from the rancher, with seriously ZERO fat to pour off, was a much better price per pound than we realized. For even though we may be paying about $3.90 per pound for grass fed beef from the rancher, we are eating 99-100% of that meat. As compared to only actually getting 80% of the meat we buy at the store. So for instance, if you buy a pound of ground beef at the store for $2.99, but you lose 20% of that meat, you are actually paying about $3.59 in order to get a full pound of meat. Does that make sense?
And when you consider this, along with the fact that the price we pay per pound for locally raised grass-fed beef also includes steaks and roasts, I’d say we’re getting a pretty good deal!
Just something for you to consider, besides all of the health benefits of eating grass-fed meat, and supporting your local farmers and ranchers. It just might not be much of a price difference for the good stuff, all things considered!
Source: New Life on a Homestead