To Better Health and Beyond: Higher Meat Prices



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I watched a startling movie that kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s been out a while and I’ve thought about seeing it before, but never made it. Last night, I watched Food, Inc. and it opened my eyes to the realities of food production and how our government is involved. It  prompted me to research our local meat prices.



I’ve been toying with the idea of buying local meat the past few years, but I just couldn’t bring it to myself to pay the outlandish prices. It’s nearly two and half times the amount of conventional meat on sale. However, this movie changed my mind and re-opened the thoughts of buying as much as local foods as my pocketbook can afford.

As the movie shared, the prices of local meats are well worth the cost because of the health factors. Grassfed animals, verses conventional animals, are not tainted with dangerous hormones, antibiotics, and fed genetically modified corn. God made cows to eat grass, not corn. The movie didn’t state that, it was my thought. I nearly cried when a mom shared her story about her son dying from a hamburger with e-coli. No wonder she’s an advocate for passing important laws and fought for Kevin’s Law.



Let’s face it, local meat and produce costs more. You can check out your local foods in your area by googling it the city you live in. WNC has an online local food guide, called ASAP.

I’ve done some research for our local meat at Hickory Nut Gap, in Fairview, NC. It  runs $5 to $6.50 per pound depending on what cut you’re buying. Obviously tenderloin is much more. However, when you buy a box of various meats, which includes, ground beef, roasts and steaks, you get that overall price. I’m going to try the 20# box for $130. A 60# box runs $360 and a quarter cow which ranges 70 to 90# runs $500. My suggestion for buying in bulk is finding a friend or neighbor and split. They also have a CSA, which includes meat, pork and chicken, beginning in June. 15# is $600 for 6 months and 10# is $420, made in 2 installments. This info may help you compare your local town.



Warren Wilson College also sells local meat. Their spring sale has started. It looks like it is $6.25 per pound for steaks, roasts, ground, burgers and kabobs. Check out their order form and WWC Farm. They also sell country breakfast sausage, which sounds good. Several of you could go in together and split. Make comments below if you’re looking for someone to split with.

Will I still freezer cook with bulk local meat? You bet I will. The packages are Krylon sealed so I can take my sweet time cooking and prepping the meat. I will thaw the raw meat in bulk and refreeze the cooked meat. I will still make cooked taco meat and meatballs for convenience. I’m organizing my side by side freezer and my chest freezer to accommodate this meat. Later, I’ll see if we have the space to buy in bigger quantities, perhaps a quarter of a cow or share with someone, hint, hint.



I’ve been making homemade bread for a number of years and I cut out most processed foods, except crackers and cereals. I’m finally trying cracker recipes this year-I’ll keep you posted. This was a small step for us and now taking a more expensive plunge is another step in our journey toward better health.

Freezer cooking is a way for me to implement healthy, homemade foods without preservatives for my family. It began in small ways beginning with muffins and bread, then moved on to casseroles,  snacks and now local meats. Freezer cooking can be a small or big part of your life. Everything you freeze helps in the future. It’s a small way of making your family healthier and saving money.



How could you make your family healthier? What baby step could you take to make this happen TODAY? Please share your ideas, we could all benefit from them.

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3 thoughts on “To Better Health and Beyond: Higher Meat Prices

  1. Malisa

    Hi there! I just stumbled onto your blog because of another blog, but I really enjoyed your post on the movie Food, Inc. My husband and I watched this movie in early January and I must say, it was quite eye-opening. For the past few months, I have changed our meals to begin eating more beans, fish, and only meat we can get at Trader Joe’s. Your post has encouraged me to find a local farm and a CSA. Thank you, Jackie!

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  2. Jenn Douthit

    Hey there Jackie! I saw your link for SHE SPEAKS on Facebook, which brought me to your blog. And now…30 minutes later, I should probably go get my children ready for our day. I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it is that you are doing this ministry. I still struggle at 5pm everyday with WHAT ARE WE HAVING FOR DINNER, so I think that Freezer cooking will benefit my family and me. Chris and I have become more heath conscious in the last several months. Thru seminars and classes held by our chiropractor, we have learned about the dangers of mainstreamed, processed food and we are taking steps to eat healthier and live better. Just wanted to say that you’ve inspired me today….take care!

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    1. momo2360

      Jenn, I’m glad to hear your doing well, keep it up, with God anything is possible. I’d love to

      help you anytime cooking healthy. Send me your ideas or qts, glad to be your friend from a far. Blessings

      to your beautiful family!

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