Beef 101: A guide to what 25% of Americans eat every day

I wrote a post at the end of March about how you can lower meat costs by purchasing sides of beef.

The infographic below is along the same lines, but contains more information about the health benefits of beef, and offers a simple breakdown of the different types of cuts you can buy at the grocery store, and some easy guides to shopping for beef.

I find that guides like these can be really helpful for novice shoppers and seasoned pros alike when it comes to meat—I think it’s never a bad idea to reinforce best practices.

Even better than that may be that in buying a side of beef, you’re more likely to purchase from local livestock farmers, which helps support your local economy. More of that and prices ultimately come down.

And when your food travels fewer fossil fuel miles, the environmental circumstances for fostering healthier meat production increases, resulting in better meat for you, which may in turn lead to lower health care costs down the line.

Frugality is also factored in to transport. When food travels a smaller distance, money is saved on fuel costs, which can be passed on to the consumer. Again, the more this is done, the more chance that buyers can get a better deal on their local meat purchases. That helps consumers and producers.

It’s also important to consider well tended grass fed beef.

Traditionally, all cows fed on grass. Many observers argue that cows cannot process grains, especially corn, and shouldn’t be fed them. Grass fed beef is leaner, which is the opposite of the USDA’s grade on prime beef. But the meat and fat quality is of a kind more conducive to the human digestive system, and therefore we think it’s better to consume.

Read on for a basic guide to buying beef. I hope you find it helpful.
Beef Infographic

–The Frugal Dad on Transition Voice

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  1. Auntiegrav says

    Good work. The next step is extending this to all forms of meat that we purchase. We don’t often think of grass-fed chickens, and we take it for granted that lambs or goats are fed on grass, and the massive pork industry feeding corn to hogs wants us to forget the story about pigs finding truffles.
    The animals we eat need to be part of their environment, not taken out of it. The people who purchase things need to be part of their local economy, not just consumers sending money out of town.
    Our waste products need to become part of the ecosystem, also, rather than treated and dumped into an ocean somewhere or burned for electricity (biomass).
    Meat animals should be replacing our lawn mowers and tractors. That’s why they have legs.

    • JaiGuru says

      Meat animals should be replacing our lawn mowers and tractors. That’s why they have legs.

      Yeah, I think we’ve all had enough of the days when animal shit smell permeated the air of our local towns, thank you. Most of you never even lived in that time because our generation put a stop to that nonsense. You’re welcome.

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