Here’s the beef

Here’s what a whole beef looks like in the back of a 15 passenger van. 581 pounds, to be exact. And they only charged us $365 to butcher all that! It took most of our 20 cf freezer, plus 2 shelves of Grandma’s freezer. We are going to be eating on that for a long time!


  1. That is super impressive. Enjoy all that beef!

  2. Hi Mary! If i may ask, what all did you have made from it (steaks, ground, roasts, ect.)

    Blessings and I love your blog!

  3. Now that is a lot of beef!

  4. So, what time should I come for dinner? 🙂

  5. Marva,
    We got lots of hamburger (prob 1/3 of it is burger), probably about 20 nice big roasts in the 5-6 pound range, and then an assortment of sirloin steak, flank steak, stew meat, cube steak, tenderloin….all sorts of stuff. It is so much fun to have this much meat stashed away. We have steaks thawing for tomorrow’s dinner!

  6. We get a whole cow sometimes too, but I usually ask for as much as possible to be ground. lol – right now I have 70 lbs of ground beef in my freezer. The roasts we got were too small as were many of the other cuts. Also, there were cuts that I had never heard of before and couldn’t find any yummy recipes. Maybe when I get your cookbook I’ll have more ideas! 🙂

  7. WOWZERS! Enjoy!! 🙂

  8. Remember the part from Forest Gump where Bubba is listing all the things you can make with shrimp? I thought about that with the beef but – naw – I’ll take a plain piece of good American beef any day – no need for fancying up the already perfect. So you call it beef now and not by it’s name? Only barrier I have to keeping “food” is I get so doggoned attached to critters.

  9. Every time I spent ‘whatever-it-is-price-per-pound’ on red meat at the overpriced grocery store, I think of you there in the Owlhaven growing your own food and eating well at a fraction of my cost. What an awesome haul of meats. Such a different life!

  10. That’s awesome! I keep dreaming about the day I’ll get a chest freezer.

  11. celina in canada says:

    so does it taste like pumpkin…lol..i grew up eating our own beef…as a kid never bothered me, still doesnt, dad just gave it up..i ate the last of my free beef a few months ago..back to store bought….takes getting used to…good butchers are HARDER to find due to all the nasty regulations, if you find one you like treat him nice…

  12. Limpingalong says:

    We bought 1/2 a pig one time — had it all butchered and wrapped and in our freezer. Boy! It sure was going to be good eating!!
    Then #1 son slammed the freezer door and didn’t notice that it bounced back open — WE noticed it several days later when ice cream and pig blood began to run out the bottom! Can laugh now, but it sure wasn’t funny then.

    Good luck with yours1