Saturday, July 5, 2008

Holy Cow...literally!

Or, should I say "holy beef"!! Not that the beef is actually holy, but it sure is a blessing to have farmers as family members!! As much as I would love to buy organic and believe in the idea of putting less junk in our bodies by buying things with less junk in them, I can rarely justify forking out the fortune it would cost to stock my cupboards,fridge, and freezer!

So, the other week when Jim's Oma called us to let us know they were slaughtering "Brown Cow" (not really his name, but I figure I owe him that much!), we jumped at the opportunity! Knowing full well that we are only 2 adults and a toddler eating meat at the moment, it worked out perfectly that she was only looking for us to purchase 1/4 of Brownie!

Now, in case you're unsure of what buying a quarter of a cow yields, welcome to the club!! I was sitting on the phone trying to figure out which "quarter" to choose, not knowing that you get 1/4 of every type of meat yielded! Duh...isn't that an ingenious thought! Everybody gets a bit of everything...how fair!!

So, today our meat arrived - along with his innards that no one else wanted, which we promptly sent away with Jim's parents!! Who knew you could get 4-1lb packages of liver, 2-1lb packages of kidney and a huge bag with the word tongue written across it?! Good bye...not in this house...hope you don't take offense Brownie!! The rest of the 3 ice boxes contained every type and cut of beef you could imagine! Of course there was a majority of ground beef, but the other cuts ranged in variety from 7 roasts - 2-5 lbs each, 3 packages of short ribs, 7-9 packages of steaks of all types, 4 huge packages of stewing meat, 4 full bags of soup bones and 4 packages of minute steaks! We will not need to buy red meat in this house for what seems like an eternity! And the even larger blessing...all 210lbs of Brownie that we got was purchased for a whopping $1 a pound!! I don't even think you can get full fat ground beef for that price!

Get a load of what a quarter of a cow looks like....

It's hard to capture it from the awkward angle, but this freezer is layered with beef, in some semblance of order, but really, how can you keep 210lbs divided?!

A closer up view.....This is...I think...somewhere around the 5th or 6th layer of meat!

And one last picture, just because there's so much meat!

So...thank you Oma and Opa, thank you Brownie, you've made our freezer full and didn't break the bank! And we'll be able to have BBQ's for the rest of the summer!! YUM!!! Anyone wanna join us?!


~~::~~::~~::~~ R.I.P. Brownie! ~~::~~::~~::~~

SIDENOTE: ONLY THOSE OF YOU WHO KNEW ME 5 YEARS AGO WILL TRULY APPRECIATE THE IRONY AND HUMOR OF ME BEING SO PLEASED WITH A FREEZER FULL OF MEAT!

3 comments:

kelly said...

purely awesome!

Barley Girl said...

ironic, humerous, and AWESOME!! no more trying to find protien in wierd vegitarian dishes... and no more me having to eat them!!Yippee for free meat!!!( well, pretty much free!)
Love you!!!

Dawn said...

mmmmmm..... meat!
good for you guys! you'll need all that protien :-)