thegleek wrote:That's awesome man! what motivated you? health? paleo diet? documentary? what state do you live in? i'm curious about the availability and costs.
Cowtalk! I have a few paleo friends but I'm not one myself (yet...) because I like bread and pasta too damned much. I got this particular lot because I know a preacher who knew the farmer and he didn't want to fill his freezers with the whole cow so we split it (and I gave/sold some of my share to friends). I like buying locally anyway as something of an ethical concern (I'm also gardening).
I'm on the Indiana side of the Ohio river. If you want a large portion of meat you can find a co-op or ask at a farmer's market. Butcher might set you up, too. Also, interwebs! Cost will vary a helluva lot given the cuts you want and based on the breed, rearing, and packaging (and branding, if the outfit is big). Anywhere from like $3/lb for a mostly-burger package of grain-finished lot beef to ridiculous crazytown prices ($12/lb+) for bunches of steaks cut from exotic pasture-finished cows. Also, it can be cheaper if you put a deposit on or buy a calf. Offal and bones shouldn't cost you much if you want them, and you could do as I do and have them grind some stuff in with the ground beef like the heart and tail (you can even cook some tendon in a crock pot to add to a burger mix).
The 209 lb half of a pasture-raised grass fed and finished Angus/Simmental ended up at $5.50/lb (vacuum packed). That's a nice price for the cuts I got (whole tenderloin, lots of steaks, nice mix of burger, bones) and the work, and it tastes great and is well-marbled. It would cost me damn-near twice that at the grocery/butcher. Actually, the groceries rarely sell grass-finished beef (only grass-fed) and the butchers usually do silly markup on it because they can.