A few years ago I watched a TV nutrition expert tell her audience that cutting meat out of their diet would save money in their budget. And I became upset. Because I think meat is very affordable!
I just browsed my local grocery store flyer. I found chicken breasts for $1.99 per pound, pork loin for $1.79 per pound and a bone-in ham for $.99 per pound!
I got to thinking about my favorite ways to prepare meat in our family. We butcher our own hogs every winter. I can’t recall the last time I had to buy pork chops or sausage. And we buy half a cow from a friend who raises cattle. It’s butchered at a facility in west central Indiana.
My favorite way to eat my steaks and pork chops is on a Pappy’s Campfire Cooker. This is so much better than a gas grill! My Farmer and I have a great friend who works for the company that makes these. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the first ones and have loved it every since! This cooker uses wood on the bottom and then the top grill grate can hold your steaks, chops or burgers. The pictures shows the meat we grilled for our 4th of July celebration! While this was all meat in our freezer, with pork chops and steaks on sale around the holiday, this would have been affordable for the celebration. And it fed our entire party with plenty left over.
I think bacon is another great way to stretch your food dollar. Bacon doesn’t have to only be enjoyed at breakfast. We eat a ton of BLT’s during the summer. The hogs we raise go to a processing facility that makes the Indiana Kitchen label. So if you see Indiana Kitchen bacon in your local WalMart or Kroger, you can know is could have been raised on my 5th generation family farm!
In my house, I can’t get away with serving just vegetables for any meal! Meat is important to our family history and future. Sometimes I can make just spaghetti and sauce and The Farmer and kids will eat it. But most nights, the family wants meat. My very athletic kids need the protein for their performance and I just love a good steak!
So while some may tout that you should replace a juicy steak with a can of beans, I just can’t do it. I can find meat on sale, and plan my meals around it. I hope you’ll do the same!