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Old 08-17-2019, 04:49 PM
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We pasture raise / butcher 2 or 3 steers every year.
Then ground our own hamburger.
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Which is a great way to save if you are dealing with several people to feed. However I am just one old guy and to keep up with the preparation, packaging, clean up and storage of large quantities of meat does not make a lot of sense. Heck I rarely eat much beef anymore. It has been several years since I have had beef roast or steaks.
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I make my own patties and they are hard to beat.

Lean ground beef. Lots of seasoning, some onion, mushroom, etc. And some liquid BBQ sauce or steak sauce to keep it moist. Mix it all up good. Make 1/2 pound patties. Cook to taste on the grill.

Now I'm craving a burger!

I can barely eat the frozen patties... gross.
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Get a hamburger press and make your own.
I recommend this too. Presses are cheap.

Let me trot out my old favorite advice on ground beef as well.

Whole packer briskets are already a perfect meat to fat ratio for home ground beef meals. You just have to find it at a price that is in your price per pound acceptable range, and get it ground. Many grocery butchers will give you a free grind if you buy the brisket from them and don't try to ask during a common period of store rush. Late weekday mornings are optimal for begging for a free grind. Memorial, Independence, and Labor holiday sales weeks are the most typical time for whole brisket sales.

Take the big lump of ground meat home, mix again to ensure even fat distribution, and start cranking out patties. Everything you need for the job is typically at most restaurant supply stores. Press, parchment sheets, foil and plastic wrap.

Labor Day is real close. Check online for all the grocers in a hour radius and watch for a brisket sale. $2.99/lb? Jump on it. Buy a 20lb brisket and make yourself up 60 patties and save 5lb for assorted other ground beef meals. The first time doing this may set you back a hundred between gas and a restaurant supply store trip, but next year it will get cheaper.

Obviously my big city access gives me advantages in this plan that you might not have, but it is worth looking into and adjusting. As long as you can find that whole packer brisket for the pound price of local cheap ground beef at least once a year then you can cobble the plan together somehow. You won't regret the taste.

This plan doesn't put you at the mercy of some distant patty maker, who are always so price proud of their product if the meat is decent, or getting stuck with stadium grade bone chip burger patties.

You could even pull this off if you have family you visit once a year in a place where brisket sales happen. Just get them to freeze the whole thing until you visit and buy an inexpensive meat grinder for when you drag it home. Done right you should be getting roughly one nice quarter pound patty for a buck a pop.
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BTW, as for prices of meats, my local stores always have periods when they discount meats with a pending expiration date. You just have to get a feel for when that is and where they park those meats (and dairy) time/location. Then go there often at that time and stock up.

It's quite common that I'll get meats and dairy with a 1-2 day expiration window, which is always generous by several days. Plenty of time to consume it or freeze the meat.

Since choice meat cuts are often the slowest sellers, those are generally discounted 50% to move them fast as the store otherwise takes a 100% loss. You'll easily score choice ground sirloin or angus, T-bones and other prime cuts, etc. at 30-50% discounts. Seafood and poultry too.

I load up, fill up the freezer immediately and thaw as needed. Generally save hundreds of dollars annually this way, and eat better too.
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If you can find a decent motorized grinder at a thrift store or even online, you can grind some great tasting meat. Not just beef, but you can grind pork, and my favorite turkey. Around the holidays turkey can be gotten for as low as 25cents/lb. You can bone and grind it easily, freeze it, and have turkey all year mixed with your favorite seasonings. Turkey chili, turkey spaghetti, turkey patties. There's a huge difference in taste if you grind your own. If you almost freeze the meat, pork or poultry you can grind it much easier.
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BTW, as for prices of meats, my local stores always have periods when they discount meats with a pending expiration date. You just have to get a feel for when that is and where they park those meats (and dairy) time/location. Then go there often at that time and stock up.

It's quite common that I'll get meats and dairy with a 1-2 day expiration window, which is always generous by several days. Plenty of time to consume it or freeze the meat.

Since choice meat cuts are often the slowest sellers, those are generally discounted 50% to move them fast as the store otherwise takes a 100% loss. You'll easily score choice ground sirloin or angus, T-bones and other prime cuts, etc. at 30-50% discounts. Seafood and poultry too.

I load up, fill up the freezer immediately and thaw as needed. Generally save hundreds of dollars annually this way, and eat better too.
When I was in town everyday for my job I did take advantage of watching for good meat prices like you mention. I now only run to town once every 5 weeks or so. Thus finding a discount is unlikely. The other matter is the quality of available meats locally is not high by my standards and getting progressively worse. Most of the younger generation has no idea of how bad it is.
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If you can find a decent motorized grinder at a thrift store or even online, you can grind some great tasting meat. Not just beef, but you can grind pork, and my favorite turkey. Around the holidays turkey can be gotten for as low as 25cents/lb. You can bone and grind it easily, freeze it, and have turkey all year mixed with your favorite seasonings. Turkey chili, turkey spaghetti, turkey patties. There's a huge difference in taste if you grind your own. If you almost freeze the meat, pork or poultry you can grind it much easier.
I have grinders and tools to process meat. Used to do it all the time as I was a hunter/fisherman and needed to process my catch. But I am no longer into that so it is hardly worth it for a single old guy that don't eat as much.

My thread is for people that have recommendations for places they have ordered frozen hamburger patties that they found was good.
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Wow, 1/3 lb burgers too big for a man??

Hard to fathom.

I have eaten those 72 oz challenge steaks when goaded into it. With all the sides. For lunch. Wasn't really even hungry.

No problem, other than tired jaw muscles. Need more training I guess.
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Wow, 1/3 lb burgers too big for a man??

Hard to fathom.

I have eaten those 72 oz challenge steaks when goaded into it. With all the sides. For lunch. Wasn't really even hungry.

No problem, other than tired jaw muscles. Need more training I guess.
Back when I was a young sprout my appetite was prodigious. If I ate that way now I would be either be dead or hideously obese. The metabolism slows as you age. Not to mention that in my family we tend to get skinnier as we grow old.

So no more eating 8 pieces of fried chicken as a snack before dinner. Or downing 43 slices of pizza during at all you can eat pizza nite (not counting the 3 pitchers of Coke and assorted potato wedges).

My diet is now down to about 2-3000 calories a day versus the 8-10,000
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No more pizza for me, but if a slow movin beef critter walks by, it's on!
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When I was in town everyday for my job I did take advantage of watching for good meat prices like you mention. I now only run to town once every 5 weeks or so. Thus finding a discount is unlikely.
Every grocery chain and most full size single grocers now put their weekly flyer online.

Way easier than bouncing between stores. It's also handy to plan cruise missile trips to just snag all the loss leaders.

With so many grocery stores in my urban area I have to check all the online ads first so I don't get stuck in traffic going to stores that have nothing I want this week, also so I know exactly what to snag instead of wasting time wandering the stores. I'd be totally screwed trying to get all the local deals and get it done in a half of a weekend day that I allot for this.
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Every grocery chain and most full size single grocers now put their weekly flyer online..
This week, following on line flier loss leaders I bought bulk pack chicken thighs 79 cents lb, at one store, bulk pack rib on chicken breasts 89 cents lb at another & bulk pack bone in big thick pork chops 98 cents lb at another.

Any decent MEAT for under a buck a pound, is cheaper than I can raise it.
Plus I don't have to raise, feed, kill, butcher & package it

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Sams and Costco both have the 1/4 lb burgers but some stores just carry the 1/3 lb’ers. We prefer Costco’s meat so that would be my recomendation.
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Sams and Costco both have the 1/4 lb burgers but some stores just carry the 1/3 lb’ers. We prefer Costco’s meat so that would be my recomendation.
Thanks, but I do not have any Costcos in my area. I suspect also that for all the big chains they have the same regional suppliers.

Back long time ago this was not always the case. I remember when Walmart stores had individual butchers in their stores and they bought beef locally. Nowadays it is all packed elsewhere and shipped out to the stores. You can not ask the store butcher to make you a special order. There is none. Now large urban areas may allow smaller stores to operate differently but in my location the small stores can not compete and are struggling since they mostly have the same merchandise at higher cost.

I know of only one independent butcher that allows you to custom order and he is about 60 miles away in a different direction than my routine shopping location. Though I am not entirely sure that he is still in business since it has been years since I have traveled that way. My old truck only gets 10 miles per gallon so I do not make unnecessary trips.
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This week, following on line flier loss leaders I bought bulk pack chicken thighs 79 cents lb, at one store, bulk pack rib on chicken breasts 89 cents lb at another & bulk pack bone in big thick pork chops 98 cents lb at another.

Any decent MEAT for under a buck a pound, is cheaper than I can raise it.
Plus I don't have to raise, feed, kill, butcher & package it

The key word is "decent". Bulk pack chicken is darn near inedible garbage and most loss leader meats are not of high quality thus the reason they sell for less. I would rather not eat meat at all than eat some of the stuff available out there. Flavorless fast grown
chicken, gristle filled un-aged tough beef, tough and oily pork are not my idea of good food. Not to mention a lot of the retail meats are pumped up with solutions and dyes to make them look pretty for sale.
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This week, following on line flier loss leaders I bought bulk pack chicken thighs 79 cents lb, at one store, bulk pack rib on chicken breasts 89 cents lb at another & bulk pack bone in big thick pork chops 98 cents lb at another.

Any decent MEAT for under a buck a pound, is cheaper than I can raise it.
Plus I don't have to raise, feed, kill, butcher & package it

Cheap meat= deer testicles, they are always under a buck!
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It has been getting to where the frozen hamburger patties found in my local stores are not worth buying. Filled with gristle, sometimes bone chips and not very good tasting. .
Matt, Can you list the brands that you have found gristle & bone chips in??

I used to live in TX and the HEB ones were awesome. Since coming back to SD I have been buying Ballpark but my last bag is on the last burger so I will need to buy again soon. Before buying another bag of Ballpark I want to make sure their quality has not slipped since it has been awhile since I got my last bag.

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Matt, Can you list the brands that you have found gristle & bone chips in??

I used to live in TX and the HEB ones were awesome. Since coming back to SD I have been buying Ballpark but my last bag is on the last burger so I will need to buy again soon. Before buying another bag of Ballpark I want to make sure their quality has not slipped since it has been awhile since I got my last bag.

Thanks.

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Both the Walmart and the Aldis 85/15 all beef store brand I have found lately to be of questionable quality. I do not bother with either of their 80/20 varieties. The Walmart Black Angus is acceptable but only sells as 1/3 lb.

I have not seen the Ballpark brand.
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I had to give up on pre made burgers , I just cut slabs of burger out of a 20 lb wade of burger meats and cook it up .
Throw bacon and cheese on it with a shot of mayo and Katchup.
The kids will eat any thing (I have12 to 16 kids at all times ) we have been getting decent sliders ( small burger ) with good buns at a fair price from shop rite here in NY .
I don’t eat much bread .
But really I get a half cow of dry aged beef for about the same money.
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I had to give up on pre made burgers , I just cut slabs of burger out of a 20 lb wade of burger meats and cook it up .
Throw bacon and cheese on it with a shot of mayo and Katchup.
The kids will eat any thing (I have12 to 16 kids at all times ) we have been getting decent sliders ( small burger ) with good buns at a fair price from shop rite here in NY .
I don’t eat much bread .
But really I get a half cow of dry aged beef for about the same money.
Mayo and ketchup? Don't they sell bbq sauce there? Bullseye or even the new heinz?

just pulling your chain for the most part, people eat what they like to eat, but my wife is the first person I ever saw eat their burgers that way and I give her **** about it all the time.
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