By far, the biggest part of our business is in the sides of beef. A side of beef is, literally, the right or left side of the butchered cow, after it is killed and cleaned. In a side of beef one has lots of options on how to cut and package the meat. You can pick your cuts, pick the size/thickness of the cuts, then pick how many of each you would like in a package. Because of these options and the economy of it, we sell hundreds of sides of beef each year. There are always lots of questions when a side of beef is ordered, so we tried to make a list of the most commonly asked questions, and then answer them.
How much does it cost? $3.75 per pound of the dressed weight. A side of our meat usually weighs 290 lbs + or - 40 lbs.
How much meat do you get? You will lose about 25% to 30% of the dressed weight due to evaporation in the dry ageing process and waste during packaging, so if your side weighs 300 lbs you will get about 220 lbs of meat.
Will I need a deep freezer? YES!
How big of a freezer should I get? At least 9 cubic feet for a chest and 14 for an upright but a freezer is like a garage I have never heard anyone complain that theirs is too big and they just can't fill it up.
How long will the meat last in the freezer? At least 12 months.
What cuts will I get? What ever you want. We cut it to your specifications.
There only 2 people in my house, can I have the meat in smaller portions? Yes, just make a note on the order form.
There are 19 people living in my house, can I have the meat in larger portions? Yes, just make a note on the order form.
Do I get the organs? Not for just sides, you can if you order the whole cow.
May I have the head, the hide, the knuckles and hoofs? Sorry, no.
May I watch them cut up the side of beef? Yes.
I am a chef at a restraunt or work at a butcher shop. Do you sell primal cuts? YES. Call for more information.
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