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Anyone had any experience with meat sharing?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Besides someone eating steak off your plate (with your consent), has anyone had any experience with meat sharing: purchasing a whole animal between a few people?

I am starting to look into a long term way of purchasing meat, possibly organic farm meat boxes and even purchasing a small freezer box and purchasing more in one go.

I must admit it is a strange thing that since going paleo I have had to think about food far more then ever before. I have lost 6kg (13lbs) and dropped to sub 13% body-fat in 2 months; feel great but I do have to shift some serious amounts of food to maintain my bodyweight going forward. If I am going to be eating meat everyday this is a serious amount of animal a month which needs to be looked at from a monetary point of view. Currently I am paying around ??30.00 a week from local supermarkets. On the weekends as a treat I get some great Aberdeen Angus beef which is around ??6.00 per steak. I still have to make friends with a local butcher and am planning on investigating this next week.

For reference sake I'm in Docklands, London, UK if anyone else has had any similar thoughts on meat sharing.

I spotted this slideshow this morning which kicked off my thinking about it.

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on January 08, 2012
at 10:18 PM

My sister and I are sharing both a meat CSA and a CSFishery right now, but I don't think that's what you mean. :)

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:29 PM

Sean thanks, I will keep an eye group for next time as it's a bit late now.

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Ah that is interesting! Thanks I will keep an eye group for next time.

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at 01:48 PM

Funny you mention it, there is a WAPF meetup today to discuss a buying group. It was full so I wasn't going, but now there is room. I can't go at the last minute but maybe you can try: At 15:00 today: http://www.meetup.com/westonaprice-london/events/41303832/

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:32 PM

I live in the US, so I can't really help you with sources. But, I do buy a meat share and it was definitely a good investment. The price per pound is far lower when you buy in bulk and it's great to have lots of high quality meat on hand. We don't have to find others to share with; the farmer we buy from just offers shares individually. Our particular share includes 1/4 beeve, 1/4 hog, 24 chickens, 1 turkey. They even provide the use of a chest freezer for one year with a share purchase and offer a monthly payment option for those who don't want to (or can't) pay the whole amount up front. The beef is grassfed and the rest is pastured (supplemented with organic, non-GMO grains). Next year we plan to buy two shares.

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on November 27, 2011
at 07:03 PM

Can't really say on London, but in the US, my parents used to do it. Worked out real well, meat was already butchered and ready to go. Only "problem" is freezer space. They had an extra freezer in the garage to put it in. I don't have room in my apartment for it. Plus, you may need to re-package/seal it to avoid freezer burn if you don't eat it fast enough.

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:53 PM

I'm in London. Would definitely join in a share. By a coincidence there is a meetup today to discuss buying groups: http://www.meetup.com/westonaprice-london/events/41303832/

You'll likely get responses to this from folks in the US where CSAs, buying groups, meat shares and the like are much more common. In the US (my homeland) you can quite easily find a farmer who will let you buy a portion of the cow (1/4,1/2,whole) 6-12 months before the butchering. London is not quite so easy.

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:29 PM

Sean thanks, I will keep an eye group for next time as it's a bit late now.

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