I am blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I can get 52 varieties of organic lettuce, raw milk, and beautiful grassfed beef wherever, whenever, or so it seems.
The downside? All the things that books, blogs and people tell me I should be getting "dirt cheap or even free" are anything but.
For example: I just came home from the butcher (with whom I'm a regular shopper and rather friendly. Not sure I've yet "made friends" with him, as the books, blogs and people advise if I want the good deals, but still). I spent $1.29/lb on chicken feet for broth. A great deal for sure. But I also spent $10.93 on a beef heart. All my online and literary sources tell me beef hearts should be throwaway parts to be had for a song. Yikes.
I get my grass-fed beef from a meat csa at a consistent $7.99 a pound. Meats that are unusual or generally regarded as less expensive, such as goat, are equally pricey.
My question: What, other than going broke trying to feed two adults and a toddler, am I doing wrong? Are there secret offal sources, secret cheap, good meat sources that everyone knows about except me?
Anyone else in a big metro area struggling with the same thing?
Brandon natural beef delivers grass fed to your door for $5/lb ground. $9/lb steaks. They send them in 10lb packs on a monthly subscription. I'm switching to them soon, I currently get 1/4 steers elsewhere.
You can try shopping online. I use US Wellness Meats at www.grasslandbeef.com. You can sometimes get good deals in the sales sections. The offals (liver, kidneys, and heart) are priced pretty well too.
San Francisco is a super trendy foodie place...I live five hours north and was just down visiting my brother...restaurants are serving goat, offal, etc. for top dollar, so you're going to be hard pressed to get good meat deals in the city...I would shop around outside the city for deals straight from farmers if I were you.
You aren't doing much wrong, its just the place where you live. One thing you could try is to find Asian specialty stores that have better prices on fresh fish. Sometimes you can get weird cuts and end pcs. for cheaper. It might take some digging.
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