1. How much beef should I get?
If your family of four eats beef 2x per week, it would take about a year to eat a half beef. It would take about six months to eat a quarter of beef. In other words, this comes out to about 100-130 meals from a half beef and 50-65 meals from a quarter beef. Details below.
Meat from a typical half beef (from a 1,000 - 1,200 lb. live animal) consists of approximately:
14 T-bone steaks (3/4” thick)
14 rib steaks (3/4”)
8 sirloin steaks (3/4”)
8 round steaks (3/4”)
2 sirloin tip roasts (3 lbs.)
6 chuck roasts (4 lbs.)
4 arm roasts (3 lbs.)
2 rump roasts (3 lbs.)
8 packages of stew beef (1 lb.)
4 packages of short ribs (1.5 lbs.)
4 packages of soup bones (1.5 lbs.)
80-100 lbs. gound beef
(Variety meats, if desired, such as heart, liver, tongue, and oxtail)
2. How do I order cuts of beef?
You can always discuss your cuts directly with the butcher, but if you don't want to deal with ordering cuts, we can take care of the cutting instructions for your first order and let you know exactly what you'll get. We have a standard list of cuts (see question #1) that we like the best.
3. Where do I store all this meat?
The average-sized refrigerator/freeze in most homes usually holds 1/8th of a beef (50-60 pounds). This would be an excellent time to split beef with a friend!
We keep a stand-alone freezer since it keeps the meat colder. Some butchers will allow you to rent out freezer space at their shop, for a small fee. The butcher we use has been very generous in allowing us to pick up meat at our convenience. You can usually keep high quality frozen beef for up to 12 months, as long as the freezer works, of course!
4. How do I cook all these cuts?
Surprise! We like to send our customers our favorite cook book for cooking grass-fed meat. Whatever your cooking level, this book will help make you a super chef in your family.
5. What if I don't like the taste of grass-fed meat?
6. Isn't it more convenient to buy meat from the grocery store?
You'll find that the most convenient meat will be in your own freezer in your own house, which you purchase once, instead of down the road at the nearest grocery store, every week.
7. I'm a vegetarian.
Our cows are strictly vegetarians too!
Got more questions? Email us at Windyoaksagent@gmail.com - we will happily answer your questions!