So the absolute truth is that I haven't made a lot of progress towards my goal of feeding us better. The forced remodel didn't help any. Not that we do that badly, really. Compared to most people I see in the grocery store, we eat almost no food from the freezer aisle or from boxes, ice cream and cereal excepting.
I have my excuses. I have a job and always had. I don't have all day to do these things. All those stay at home moms who are now mad at me, I'm sorry and I really don't mean it. When I come home, I'm hussling around doing those things that I think are necessities. But wait a second, maybe eating better is a necessity.
There is one fundamental change that we have made. Meat. My husband eats meat and insists on continuing that, so I can just give up any ideas of eating less of it. The next best thing is to take more responsibility for it. We decided to eliminate the whole hormone and antibiotic thing, which can't be good for anyone, including the cow. Standing in front of the meat cooler at the grocery store wondering what we are going to eat this week is a habit I want to break.
So here is what we did. We bought a 1/2 cow from a local rancher some months ago. We discussed with her what they will feed the cow, confirmed that there would be no hormones and antibiotics, discussed their plans to fatten it and butcher it. We paid a $200 at that time to put a hold on that meat. When butchered, our 1/2 cow had a hanging weight of 345 lbs, for which we paid $1.95 per pound. We also paid 1/2 of the $75 kill fee. Our total cost was $707.75 to her.
It hung at the butcher for a week. We went there and made decisions with them how they would cut it. How much would be hamburger, what size the roasts and steaks would be, how much would be stew meat and cube steak? We paid the butcher $194.27 for her work. (Yes, both the rancher and the butcher were women and I didn't do that on purpose.) Our total cost was $902.47 / 345 = $2.61/ lb on average.