Pork, lamb, veal, chicken, obviously ground beef, even eggs -- is there a minority or a majority of folks who abstain from conventional meats? Is it expensive?
Do you go as far as finding pastured bacon? What's your reasoning for doing this? Have you noticed any superficial health benefits?
I, myself, cannot make the claim. My chicken and ground beef are pastured without exception but, alas, I have difficulty finding store-bought pastured pork. I haven't been able to bring myself to order from US Wellness but I guess I'm asking the above question to begin the rationalization process that I should...
I only eat pastured meats. Is it expensive? It can be, sure. But it doesnt have to be. It really depends on who you are buying from, the cuts of meat etc.
I buy all my meat from a farm that has a booth at my local farmer's market. Though I don't mind the price (around $7/lb for ground beef, $12/lb for bacon), I could cut my food bill significantly by buying part of a cow through a meat share or participating in CSA's.
Paleo on a budget CAN be done. In fact, last night I read a story about recent comments made by Iron Chef Michael Symon about his food values and it touched on this very topic. In a tweet, Symon said he fed 8 family members and friends for $19 (Chicken Thighs, Kale, Onions, Potatoes, Ham Hock) and he had enough food for leftovers. He also said he gave up TV, a car, and began shopping at thrift stores to ensure his family ate properly. Although I don't think this dedication lives inside everyone, Symon's point is clear; you need to decide what is important to you (health via pastured meats, organic veggies, whatever) and create a plan to attain your goals.
I do. Yes, it's expensive, and somewhat difficult to find. Slanker's Meats will ship naturally-fed, no-grain-etc. pork 'round the country, but there is a minimum order and shipping costs can get a bit high.
My grocery bill is high, but I decided it would be better to pay for the food and reduce other costs, so that's what we do.
We've learned, now, that since we're eating only pastured meat, we can tell commercial meat by its odor and taste without even knowing where it came from. In terms of health benefits, we do feel better eating strictly animals raised on their natural (pre-agricultural) diet, but I believe that most of the benefit is relatively invisible to the majority of folk. I'd say that if someone has the option of luxuries, good food is a priority choice. If a person is trying to do well on a slim budget, eating plainly from affordable but perhaps not perfectly raised animals is certainly preferable to saying "well, I can't get the BEST, so I might as well not do anything at all."
yes. it's pricey, but meanwhile the idea of conventional meat grosses me out enough, where it doesn't matter. i'm currently only working part-time and my income is much less than it used to be, but i've joined a CSA, where i volunteer and therefore get all my fruit and veggies FOR FREE the entire season. i order meats and eggs through the CSA and buy cheaper cuts -- no steaks here, instead shanks, marrow bones, bottom roasts, etc. i've just started learning how to cook them in ways where they are amazing nonetheless! as for things like seafood -- i only buy wild-caught.
in the end, i know this is a worth-while cost. and whenever someone tells me that the amount of meat i eat is unethical and bad for the environment, i can tell them that i'm not supporting the industrialized mess that is the U.S. food system. i can tell them i support nancy and allan of lewis waite farms, who raise their animals in a humane way and on pasture, and put aside my favorite cuts of meat for me, because they appreciate the support. :-)
Not always, I eat out some. At home it all is though. Beef, eggs, some bacon and sausage, cheese, and butter primarily. Don't really eat chicken much, and get my fish from the store since wild caught is not impossible to find.
I buy bulk and store it in a freezer (about 1/4 cow at a time). That helps with costs.
I do, at home. I can afford to, I have all the resources I need for local, pastured everything (there are real advantages to living in Portland, Oregon) and it's something that matters to me.
At a friend's house? NO WAY would I ask about the source of my meat. On the flip side, I saw pork at a big store the other day for 1.39 a pound. NO WAY am I eating that, either. There is balance in the middle.
I'm probably an atypical case, but we are able to grow nearly all of our meat and eggs. I can't say that my husband follows a "pastured" diet for the animals to the letter, but they are allowed to roam part of the time and are fed ground corn part of the time. Our piggies are fed left overs, which are Paleo. I don't have the patience to ponder that one! Occasionally, I buy chicken from the store, but not too often, as we have started raising those too. I do not buy pastured butter, which may be a sin, but I really can't afford the extra expense with two little ones. As I am on this diet longer and longer, I am able to rationalize spending a little bit of extra money on "the good stuff" in more catagories. Maybe with time I will switch over to pastured butter (if I can find it), who knows. I guess I'm more concerned about avoiding sugar, grains, and packaged foods.
All my ground beef & lamb, and most of my roasts & steaks are grassfed. Whenever I go to Whole Foods (once every month or two) or the farmer's market, I get a pastured chicken. Unfortunately I get most of my bacon and about 2/3 of my chicken at the grocery store, but mostly from Giant's Nature's Promise brand, which looks a little better than Tyson and whatnot.
I wish I could, but unfortunately I am a (poor) grad student, so I have to pick and choose when it comes to the type of meat I buy. When buying conventional meat, I tend to pick the leaner cuts of meat, and then cook them in either coconut oil or add kerrygold butter to them. That way I am still getting in some good fats with these leaner cuts of meat.
One thing I do ALWAYS splurge on, though, are eggs. IMO, there's a HUGE difference between store-bought and pasture-raised eggs. I can't go back to eating conventional eggs!
I feed my family pastured meats...I purchase half or whole animals from local farmers, but my local co-op has really great prices on their local grassfed meat...was rarely eat out, and local friends and family who eat meat shop where we do. I am committed to this not only to avoid hormones and antibiotics and less than favorable fatty acid profiles, but also because of the well being of these creatures we're choosing to consume becomes my responsibility when I trade my dollars for their lives, as is the environmental impact of a grass farm vs. a factory farm. I was vegetarian and vegan for half my life because of issues around the way our animals are treated in this society, and I see every reason to be as responsible in my partaking of flesh as my abstaining.
I get half a grass-fed lamb for $120 online (I believe most Australian lamb is grass-fed anyway! But it's more convenient to buy in bulk, if a bit more pricey) plus a kilo of offal 'pet' mince - the only way I can stomach it! Butter is from the supermarket and the same price as regular butter, but it comes from Tasmania and I believe is pastured too. I also buy lamb dog bones from Woolworths, they're like $5 a pack, have some tasty grass-fed fat on them and can bulk up my bone broths.
I can only really afford one type of meat at a time, so I rotate beef and lamb. Fish comes to me in cans for the most part. The only thing that is not 'pastured' is eggs, of which I don't buy the omega 3 kind. They are sooo expensive- but sometimes the yolks of the regular kind are a magnificient deep orange. It depends on the batch and probaby has something to do with the seasons.
To avoid all the less desireables and save money I just avoid chicken and pork. Unless someone else makes it for me... mmmm.
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