Saturday, March 10, 2012

Filling Our Freezer

In the process of remodeling our basement we bought a side-by-side fridge and freezer.  I've been waiting impatiently to fill it up.  This past week I was finally able to do that task.  My local butcher, Janetos Market, had a Truckload Meat Sale.  I was at the shop at 9 am, plunked down my $243 and came home with pounds and pounds of beef, pork and chicken.  Late afternoon and early evening found me sorting and repackaging the meat.  At the end of the process my freezer now looks like this:

My data muse insisted I figure out how much I paid per pound of meat, how many potential meals there are and how much each of the meals cost before adding any other ingredients.  She even suggested I start a series of posts tracking the meals we get from this freezer full of meat.

So, without further ado, here are the statistics:
  • I paid $243.45 for 90.91 pounds of beef, chicken breasts and pork
  • That equates to an average of $2.68 per pound
  • I was able to make packages for approximately 52 meals
  • That equates to $4.68 per meal

Meat packages include:
  • Stew Meat - 3 packages
  • Blade Steaks - 6 packages
  • London Broil - 6 packages
  • Top Sirloins - 5 packages
  • Ground Sirloin - 2 packages
  • Ground Round - 8 packages
  • Chicken Breasts - 10 packages
  • Pork Chops - 6 packages
  • Pork Ribs - 4 packages
  • Pork Loin Roasts - 2 packages

Some caveats to the process:
  • These packages are set up for two people and possible leftovers.  The leftovers generally become lunches for work.
  • Hotel Man travels a lot for work.  When he is gone I generally don't cook big meals for myself.  Therefore, there will be weeks when I may not even open the freezer to take a meal out.
I have set up a page for tracking the posts for each meal.  You can find the page here.

Will you join me over the next several months as I use up The Meat Buy?

Sweet P


Denise in PA said...

It will be interesting to follow along on your progress using the meat! I think that was a great deal!

Lori said...

I'll be glad to join you--its always nice when someone else does the cooking~!