Why do people buy a side of beef?
Before anyone pulls the trigger on buying, lots of questions go through their minds. The most common questions we hear are…
- Is this really a good deal financially?
- It’s a lot of beef! How can someone possibly eat 100+ pounds of beef a year?
- What about the hassle of storing it?
Here are 6 reasons why our customers tell us they like to buy a quarter, half or whole beef every year. We’ve also thrown in a few facts and figures for those of you who are more analytical. 🙂
1. Farm fresh beef is more flavorful. You can’t beat the flavor of farm-fresh beef. This is in large part because farm-fresh beef doesn’t waste time in transit time or in a freezer case at the grocery store.
2. Farm fresh beef is lean and healthy. Dietary experts say that high-quality foods are unrefined, minimally processed foods like beef, fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Although there have been many arguments against red meat, they’ve all been debunked. Studies have also shown that if you pick lean beef, you’re giving your body monounsaturated fat (the same healthy fat found in olive oil) and it decreases your risk of heart disease by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.
3. Farm fresh beef will save you money. Often times, it’s hard for people to believe they’re going to save money on their annual groceries and beef because they’re comparing a pound of beef at the grocery store compared to hundreds of pounds you get buying a quarter, half or whole. You have to look at the price and quantity to understand how you’re going to save money.
At Clover Meadows Beef, we do a price comparison about once a year comparing our prices to local grocery stores. Currently, the average price per pound of Clover Meadows Beef’s grass fed beef (when buying beef in bulk) is $5.45/pound. Compare this to Walmart’s beef at $7.03/pound, a local St. Louis grocery store at $7.84/pound, and Whole Foods at $9.86/pound. Granted, you will need a freezer to store a quarter of our beef, but a new 9 cubic foot freezer has a one-time cost of about $400-$450, and its yearly running cost will be approximately $38. As you can see, farm fresh beef comes is the less expensive and higher quality alternative.
4. Farm fresh beef is more convenient. How many times have you had to run to the grocery store for an ingredient? You’ll never have to do that again for beef since your freezer will be stocked full.
5. Farm fresh beef is nutritious. Believe it or not, beef is a natural vitamin. It is the #1 source for protein, Vitamin B12, and Zinc, which your body needs to stay strong and have a healthy immune system. One serving of lean beef offers the most protein with the fewest calories when compared to other plant proteins like black beans and tofu. A three-ounce serving of lean beef supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for nine essential nutrients, and it contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet. This means that calorie-for calorie, beef is one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet.
6. Farm fresh beef sparks creativity. This may sound funny at first, but it’s very true. Have you ever been in a cooking rut making the same go-to dinners over and over. This is almost impossible when you have a freezer full of beef. Why? Because you now have your favorite cuts and some new cuts at your fingertips. You’ll be amazed at all the new recipes you can make.
Do you have another reason not listed above? If so, share it in the comments!