A Quarter of Beef?

Where Fellowship and Camaraderie lives: that place where the CPS membership values fun and good fellowship as the cement of the community
Post Reply
User avatar
Del
Sneaky Snusser
Sneaky Snusser
Posts: 43265
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Madison, WI
Contact:

A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Del » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:24 pm

Has anybody purchased a quarter of beef before?

I got to Mass early this morning. Fell into conversation with a farmer who raises angus feeder cattle. One thing led to another, we traded business cards.... and I just got a call tonight. He has one last quarter to sell, and would we like to take it?

Ummm... Sure!

So now I have to call the guys at a meat locker tomorrow and tell them.... whatever it is that I am supposed to tell them.

I guess I want lots of steaks and ribs and roasts for the grill and the smoker.

I look forward to your selections of wise advice before I call tomorrow afternoon!
G.K. Chesterton — 'It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.'

User avatar
Bloodhound
Loves Nickel Bands
Loves Nickel Bands
Posts: 10880
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountains / Colorado
Contact:

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Bloodhound » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:42 pm

When I was a teen my parents would buy a 1/4 or 1/2 every year. So when I was a married adult it was reasonable to buy a 1/4 from a co=worker whose son was in 4H. I had no idea what I wanted or what was expected...the guy at the meat locker guided me and it was perfect...they do it all day so they will help you out...congrats :chili:
Scott ( aka - Thor )
Do Justice...Love Mercy...Walk Humbly With Your GOD

User avatar
Del
Sneaky Snusser
Sneaky Snusser
Posts: 43265
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Madison, WI
Contact:

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Del » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:59 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:42 pm
When I was a teen my parents would buy a 1/4 or 1/2 every year. So when I was a married adult it was reasonable to buy a 1/4 from a co=worker whose son was in 4H. I had no idea what I wanted or what was expected...the guy at the meat locker guided me and it was perfect...they do it all day so they will help you out...congrats :chili:
It's a lot cheaper than retail beef! But still a lot more expensive than pork. We love pork on the grill & smoker, and we use pork sausage in most recipes that call for ground beef.

I've mentioned this before: A young friend -- a grill enthusiast and devout Catholic -- isn't quite so sure that pork was "unclean" under the Law of Moses. He suspects that we just needed to wait for the salvation of Jesus Christ before we could be worthy of our tasty pig-friend.
G.K. Chesterton — 'It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.'

User avatar
Gabriel
Enraged by S'mores
Enraged by S'mores
Posts: 12171
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: central IL

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Gabriel » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:10 am

We used to buy a 1/4 or 1/2 from my cousin from time to time. Hogs locally as well. The meat is superior and you have more control over processing costs. I suggest calling the locker that will be doing the processing and just tell them you’re new at this and ask for advice. They’re usually very helpful and should certainly know what they’re doing.
Sola Deo Gloria

User avatar
Del
Sneaky Snusser
Sneaky Snusser
Posts: 43265
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Madison, WI
Contact:

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Del » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:14 am

Gabriel wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:10 am
We used to buy a 1/4 or 1/2 from my cousin from time to time. Hogs locally as well. The meat is superior and you have more control over processing costs. I suggest calling the locker that will be doing the processing and just tell them you’re new at this and ask for advice. They’re usually very helpful and should certainly know what they’re doing.
My friends in the real world agree that the locker will very helpful.

I just don't know what I am supposed to want. I know that I don't want 100 lb of ground beef.
G.K. Chesterton — 'It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.'

User avatar
coco
Uniquely Duggish
Uniquely Duggish
Posts: 31987
Joined: Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: Sweet Home Alabama
Contact:

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by coco » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:01 am

Do it!
There are many terrible attributes of the lowly cob. Not the least of them is that it makes you look like a doof.

User avatar
FredS
Patron Saint of Pipe Smoking
Patron Saint of Pipe Smoking
Posts: 24568
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: NOCO (Northern Colorado)

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by FredS » Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:38 am

Let your butcher decide how to cut what. It's what they do.

I'm not sure if one of the boys is living in yer basement, but be sure to tell the butcher if it's just you and the Mrs so they can wrap 1.5lb-ish packages. You can always take more than one package out of the freezer if you need.
"If we ever get to heaven boys, it aint because we aint done nothin' wrong" - Kris Kristofferson

"One of the things I love about CPS is the frank and enthusiastic dysfunction here. God help me, I do love it so." – OldWorldSwine

"I'd like to put a hook in that puppet and swing it through a bunch of salmon!" - durangopipe

User avatar
Cleon
Walmart Cargo Short Model
Walmart Cargo Short Model
Posts: 15815
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: Indiana - South of 40
Contact:

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Cleon » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:00 am

We do it. Get a half if you can. You'll go through it faster than you think since it's on hand all the time.

A knowledgeable processer can go over it with you. Needs vary by family and lifestyle. For example, our first half we had a lot of steaks (sounded good to me) and a bunch of kids. We learned fast we needed more ground beef and roast than steak since it's much easier to fix quick meals with ground beef and slow roasts in a crock pot. Sounds heretical, I know.
"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven" - Jesus

"More people need to put their big boy britches on." - JMG

"Dang, a pipe slap." - JimVH

User avatar
Thunktank
Small Hip-ster
Small Hip-ster
Posts: 23541
Joined: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: 471 Km from the London Bridge

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by Thunktank » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:22 pm

My brother sells quarter and halves of his grass fed cattle.

I haven’t bought one in years largely because I haven’t found a local supplier. But I would highly recommend that you learn about the different cuts of meat in the butchering process. It’s a lot of work, but worth it. I do my own game meat butchering to this day. But if you know a good butcher you can save some time. Also, consider aging. I want to invest in that eventually.
“ Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.”

H.G.Wells

User avatar
DepartedLight
Archfairy of Carolinia
Archfairy of Carolinia
Posts: 31536
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: Tobacco Fairy HQ, North Carolina

Re: A Quarter of Beef?

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:13 pm

Do it.
DL Jake

It's the closest I have ever come to being in a Soviet bread line. - MrsCoco

Post Reply