Well…I gave up on my freezer challenge. Not completely but it’s hard when this happened…
Our freezer had really gotten to the point we had little beef left. Karl had gotten a pig from his employer around Christmas time so we had enough meat..just not beef.
I ended up messaging Hannah at the farm where Kramer used to work and told her if they had extra hamburger, I’d happily buy some and if they they were butchering anytime, I’d take a quarter beef. Well they had 30 pounds of extra hamburger so I bought it and then mid May, the quarter of beef came.
Well then…Karl’s work (he works for a LARGE pig farmer) was in jeopardy of having to euthanize hogs mid Covid when the packing plants were being shut down so they offered all employees a chance to purchase a pig for $20. They secured local lockers to butcher the pigs and employees would have to pay the processing plus the $20 per pig. Our family ended up reserving 3 pigs. Kelli took one, Buck took one and Karl and I split one with Kalissa.
Karl and I really didn’t need anymore meat but with the scare on that meat might be really expensive at the grocery store and possibly could be limited on quantites to buy, we opted to take a half of pig, just in case.
About then my “using up things in the freezer” went into high gear. We ate everything and anything that took up lots of space. I made pies with the frozen fruits. I did really good and it’s a good thing I did as now both of the freezers are packed. Fingers crossed that we don’t have one go out as I’ve heard that getting a freezer is still a little bit hard.
For those of you curious. This is our receipt from the locker….
there was 191 pounds of meat. We opted to cure hams, hocks and bacon…and we got smoked sausage links. The total cost was $236.95 for processing plus the $20 for the pig.
That pencils out to be $1.34 per pound of pork. We’re really happy with that. We’ll some “good eatin'” for that amount of money.
I’m so happy I worked on the freezer challenge earlier in the year. It made us be able to have room for all of this…and it made it a whole lot easier to rotate what was in the bottom of the freezer to the top.
I’m really happy we can eat whatever we want for a little while. I still want to work to use up some of the things in the bigger freezer but that shouldn’t be a problem. It has a lot of fruits for pies in it and I never have a problem getting rid of pie.