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How long does a cow / beef last?

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Created June 01, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I'm about to get my first order of grass-fed beef. I'm getting a split-half. How long does this last most paleo families? Approximately 85lbs of beef. The ranch's website said it lasts some families a year. I'm wondering if I can even get 3 months out of it... I did order extra bones and the liver, too.

It's me and my husband (both big-eaters) and a toddler who randomly inhales beef, then doesn't eat it for a while. The baby may soon be sucking on pieces of meat, but I doubt that will make much difference, at least in this order.

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2435 · January 31, 2013 at 6:27 AM

Turns out this much lasts about 8-10 weeks for us.

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Haha, in my house I'd eat the second one before my husband finished the first. He'd still want the second one, though. So I guess I should plan on us eating 3/4-1 lb each every night it's on the menu.

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3914 · June 02, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Both of us, but that was in a meal with other food. For instance, we might make 3 1/2-pound burgers with a salad or green beans on the side, and I'd eat two burgers and she'd eat one.

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 4:54 PM

This would be good if I knew our protein needs. Also, just how often we can stand to eat beef. For the first two weeks we'll be eating a lot, since we spent this entire month's grocery budget on this cow...

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 4:52 PM

is 1.5 lbs for both of you, or each? Thanks for the Fitday lookup, that's rather useful to know.

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300 · June 02, 2011 at 12:50 AM

1 oz of beef contains about 7g of protein. 16oz in a lb. So you'll have roughly 9,520g of protein. from there you can use your family's protein needs per day against how many times you'll eat from the split half and thus figure out how long it will last. That much beef would last my daughter and I just over 12 weeks (we consume 2 - 3 dozen eggs and 7 lbs of meat per week). Sorry I'm a math person, so this is just how I go about things... might not be a good method for you, but i hope it helps anyway.

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300 · June 02, 2011 at 12:46 AM

1 oz of beef contains about 7g of protein. 16oz in a lb. So you'll have roughly 9,520g of protein. from there you can use your family's protein needs per day against how many times you'll eat from the split half and thus figure out how long it will last.

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 12:06 AM

a split-half is a quarter. My new freezer is just a tad too small for a full half.

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2435 · June 01, 2011 at 9:52 PM

How many are in your household? And aside from eggs and beef, how much other meats/proteins do you consume? My husband and I will be VLC for a little while. He's got about 50lbs to lose and I have about 90.

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25467 · June 01, 2011 at 9:28 PM

We go through 5 lbs a day! and four dozen eggs a week.

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78422 · June 01, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I eat roughly 3-4 lbs of beef/week. With the 3 of you let's say about 8 lbs/wk so maybe 10 weeks. Probably 8 weeks if you have guests over.

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2435 · June 01, 2011 at 9:52 PM

How many are in your household? And aside from eggs and beef, how much other meats/proteins do you consume? My husband and I will be VLC for a little while. He's got about 50lbs to lose and I have about 90.

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25467 · June 01, 2011 at 9:28 PM

We go through 5 lbs a day! and four dozen eggs a week.

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2081 · June 02, 2011 at 12:46 PM

We purchased our first side of beef a year ago; it took 3 of us nine months to mostly finish it off, but we eat it on average of 4 times a week for dinner (and leftovers for lunch). The other nights are pork, chicken or fish or some other type of seafood (I'm partial to shellfish, myself). We also rarely eat out, so it really depends on how often you eat beef, and eat at/from home.

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3914 · June 02, 2011 at 11:20 AM

That much beef lasts a year for some families because they aren't eating a lot of meat, and they're mixing in chicken and fish and other meat with it. So it depends on A) how much meat you eat, and B) how often you'll eat beef as opposed to other meats. You just have to do the math based on your needs, as Leanne did above. My wife and I -- serious meat eaters -- would typically eat 1.5 pounds total per meal, so if you did that twice a week, the whole thing would last you about half a year.

Another way to look at it: Fitday says chuck roast (to pick a cut at random) has 700 calories/pound. So if you ate nothing but beef, one adult would need 3 pounds or so per day, and go through the whole thing in a month.

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 4:52 PM

is 1.5 lbs for both of you, or each? Thanks for the Fitday lookup, that's rather useful to know.

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Haha, in my house I'd eat the second one before my husband finished the first. He'd still want the second one, though. So I guess I should plan on us eating 3/4-1 lb each every night it's on the menu.

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3914 · June 02, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Both of us, but that was in a meal with other food. For instance, we might make 3 1/2-pound burgers with a salad or green beans on the side, and I'd eat two burgers and she'd eat one.

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21405 · June 01, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I eat as much as 3lbs daily... my wife eats about a pound... my son is in a "chicken only" phase right now.

I purchase in quarters and eighths, which after trim and hang weight come out to be 120-130lbs / 60-70lbs respectively.

If you bought a half, that would potentially come out to 300lbs. That would last me 5 months or so (taking into consideration all the non-beef (lamb/pork/duck) that I also eat).

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2435 · June 02, 2011 at 12:06 AM

a split-half is a quarter. My new freezer is just a tad too small for a full half.

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25467 · June 01, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Not long in my house......

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