beef prices

Discussion in 'The Late Night Cafe (off-topic)' started by flipflopgirl, May 3, 2016.

  1. flipflopgirl

    flipflopgirl

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    Someone in another thread mentioned round steak and made me realize how long it has been since I made Grillades.

    Dropped by the market after the gym to pick up a few things.

    I got to the beef reach in and just STOPPED.

    Round steak was over seven dollar per lb.

    You are kidding me...

    I buy a lot of brisket and chuck (to grind) and the occasional rib roast so it has been awhile since I even looked at the round cuts.

    We ate a lot of it growing up as it was cheap and easy to cook.

    I figure since I am in Texas this is probably a good price?

    mimi

    OBTW...dug thru the stack and found a close to one pound package that made the dish with a tiny bit leftover (after shrink).

    That one meal ended up costing out at almost twenty dollars.

    For 2 people.
     
  2. jimyra

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    Beef prices have gone crazy.  The cuts that used to be cheap are now expensive.  More USDA inspected beef is showing up where they had USDA graded beef.  Someone is making a lot of money on beef and I don't think it is the farmers and small operations.  We do not have a butcher that cuts meat off the bone around us.  All the meat cutters think beef comes in a vacuum plastic bag.
     
  3. phatch

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    Remember when the government started subsidizing corn for ethanol production to add to gasoline? That raised feed prices a lot because now there was another profitable avenue to sell corn. And then there was a corn crop struggle in 2012. Not quite a failure.  All meat prices climbed.  Beef has actually started to drift back down some. 
     
  4. chefbuba

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    I'm paying around $2.75 for Prime Brisket at Costco. Inside round (Angus) at the cash & carry was around the same price.

    The same were around $4 a year ago.
     
  5. flipflopgirl

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    I had noticed a LOT of the farms around me had switched from the usual milo (maize) grain to corn.

    Corn was very hard to grow and sell for animal feed ( susceptible to mold and fungi) and get a top price.

    Maybe they are planting a new/different type seed?

    IDK...interesting...will try to catch one of the farmers at the ag office and ask.

    I dropped by my butcher yesterday and after talking to him went ahead and ordered a side.

    Now the hard part....which cuts do I want?

    Cannot get too fancy as it was from a smallish steer.

    mimi
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2016
  6. flipflopgirl

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    I gave up on Costco but the briskets at SAM's (choice) were still almost five dollars a month ago.

    Was going to wait and see what happened before Memorial Day but my burger needs will be met for a while lol.

    How is your BBQ project coming along?

    mimi
     
  7. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    Here in Wisconsin, at the major grocery stores.  I rarely see any beef priced for anything less than $4.00 a pound, even with sales prices.  This includes the cheapest "ground beef"  which is usually at $4.19-4.29 when bought in sizes larger than 3 pounds.  Anything with the word "steak" in the title is usually $6.99 and up, even if it's those really think "steaks" cut from tougher cuts of meat.  Wisconsin is full of little local "meat markets" and luckily there you can usually find a little better pricing but not much better, but the quality also tends to be a bit better also. 

    We eat a lot of pork in our house.  Not only because we like pork, but it is the second cheapest meat in the stores, next to chicken.  I will buy Pork Butts, shoulder roasts and whole loins when on sale and stock the freezer full.  In fact, one of our stores just ran whole, boneless loins for $2.00 a pound.  Picked up a couple, broken them down into roasts and boneless pork chops which I froze in packages of 3 (me, the wife and the kid).  For $40 I got 15+ meals worth of meat.  Could have been even more, but I cut pretty generous pork chops.