First Cuts

On Monday, I picked up eight banana boxes full of beef. The gross weight of the steer was 646 pounds and the net weight (what I brought home) was 456 pounds.

Here is the list of packages, mostly in two-person servings.


14 T-Bone
7 Sirloin
2 Chateaubriand
2 Tri-Tips
4 Filet Mignon
4 London Broil
11 Top Round
2 Bottom Round Roast
2 Eye of Round
2 Rump Roast
2 Sirloin Tip Road
7 Sirloin Tip Steak
12 Chuck Roast
4 Cross Rib Roast
4 Brisket
1 Rib Roast
5 Rib Steak
4 Market Steak
8 Short Ribs
18 Stew
100 Ground Beef (1 lb)
2 Flank Steak
2 Skirt Steak
3 Neckbones
8 Bones

I paid sixty-eight cents per pound (on the gross weight) to have it cut and wrapped. I paid an $85 kill charge. Total was $528.28. I paid $500 for the steer initially. So it’s about $1000, not counting the cost of hay or any labor involved in taking care of it.

Last night, I had the first cut — T-Bone steaks. I was a little worried that a fully grass-fed steer would not have as much taste. At least, that’s what I had read. However, the steak was tender and tasty. And the smell of broiled steak, the sizzle, is just the best experience, which may be the cook’s special delight.