How To Enjoy Quality Meat On A Budget
Want to shop local and support Fraser Valley farmers who are producing well-raised meat? But can't help but feel sticker-shock?
Then these tips are for you!
Groceries are expensive. Eating healthy can put strain on your pocketbook. Add ethically raised to the list of requirements and it can feel like you're going to blow the budget.
But, that's not always the case. Often, price sensitivity can be overcome with a little planning.
My top tips to save money buying quality meat!
- Buy whole chickens and either roast them whole giving you multiple meals from one bird or learn to break down a whole bird into the cuts your family loves.
- Don't forget to use that left over chicken carcass to make soup or bone broth. If you don't have time right then, pop that baby in the freezer to whip some up at a later date.
- Look for ways to save money buying bulk. Here at Central Park Farms we offer mixed meat boxes where you'll save anywhere from 5-15% off of our retail cut prices.
- Get familiar with less popular cuts of meat. Smoked pock hocks for example is a favourite cut in our home yet they're often overlooked by customers. They're like a mini ham but at a less expensive price point... pretty sure Jay's going to wish I didn't share this once word spreads!
- Go with ground meat over sausages or other more pricy prime cuts. Aside from our ground white meat chicken, ground meat is typically much less expensive than their prime cut counterparts and have all the same nutritional value. Why not pick up some ground pork instead of those breakfast sausages and season it, fry it up, and add it to a nice breakfast hash?
- Buy direct from the farmer at either your local farmers market or direct from the farm.
- Sign up for your favourite farmers' newsletters. Often they'll release special deals or pricing to those who follow them. Starting in September, we'll be releasing subscriber only mixed meat box deals so stay tuned for that.
- Eat less of it! As a meat producer, believe it or not I actually want you to eat less of it but better quality. No one needs to be eating a 14oz steak... and certainly not the 72oz that's become legendary at a few restaurants south of the border.
Kendall ~ Boss Chick at Central Park Farms