After many question on my Instagram stories about our recent journey to Payson to pick up our pork. At Gary’s meats in Payson Utah. I thought I would take some time explain it more. First off I speak openly the way I grew up in a small town (like less than 500 people small) Adams, Oregon. I have alway has chickens and helped out on other people’s farms. I can say farm to table is the absolute best! Each year I take weeks and bottle, can, and harvest fruits and veggies. We eat a lot of salmon, halibut, elk, chicken, beef, pork, and shell fish. Most my months of August and September are consumed by jamming, salsa, spaghetti sauce, bottle tomatoes, bottling, canning, blanching and freezing local fresh fruits and veggies.
About 4 weeks ago my uncle called asking if I would like to buy half a pig and of course my answer was yes. Over the years we have purchased many animals 1/2 cow and pigs and let me tell you it’s the best meat you will ever have. So as a frugal mama I have to tell you it isn’t bare bottom prices how ever it is very close! Now days the variation in quality and price, it’s cheaper to choose your own cuts, steaks, and choice of meat rather than the store prices.
We were able to choose all of our own cuts of meat bacon, pork chops, bone in pork chops, shoulder roasts, ham hock, ham roast, cured ham, pork roast and bunch of sausage
We purchased 1/2 of the pig for $165.00
The slaughter, cut and wrap and to $75.00
($18 of that was for curing the hams. )
In total 1/2 of a pig was 78lbs we paid in total $240.00 coming out to $3.00 per pound.
Which is still amazing think about it pork chops in Costco are on sale for $1.67 /lb but they are normally around $2 a pound, shoulder roasts vary by price and size, extra thick bacon at Walmart 1.5 lbs is $8.00. All honesty I am not a huge fan of ham so the next 1/2 pig I most likely will not do the curing process which would save our family an extra $18
Farms truly make the world go round. Our 1/2 of a pig came with about 8 very generous 1 pound packs of thick bacon. We ate the last two days for breakfast. 10 (1 lb packs) sausage 5 hams (packaged out to less than 4lbs each because we don’t want a lot of waste by making a giant ham.) 6 or 7 packs of pork chops since our family is larger each pack has 6 chops. 1 ham hock, 1 pack of spare ribs, and 5 pork roasts.
This is a lot of meat. So hopefully we will not need to purchase anymore pork for 6 plus months. My goal this year is to have more than 100lbs of meat on hand at all time. I am so excited that I have been able to package all our meat out using our new air sealer.
I highly encourage anyone to buy local when you can. Currently I am looking at purchasing 1/4 or 1/2 a long horn cow.