On the weekend we picked up our first bulk meat purchase. Something we've been meaning to do for quite some time, both for the health benefits of fresh grass-fed produce and for a more economical way to buy meat. In our area it was a little harder to source meat off the farm as we live in a predominantly wool district. But with the help of a friend who likes to buy his meat in bulk, we bought a whole lamb from a local farm and a whole side of grass-fed beef rump.
We carted our two esky-fulls of meat home and spent an hour or so dividing the meat into bags. There was bags of cutlets (I used to love these as kids, but sadly they became trendy and have been outside the budget until now), a bag of lamb shanks, four leg roasts, huge ribs, chops and a bag of scraps for the dogs. On Daniel's instructions we didn't get any liver or kidney, but I'm going to ask for them next time. Sorry Daniel.
The beef rump was cut into steaks, cubes and stir fry pieces. I'm only just starting to learn about meat, but the creamy fat and marbling is supposed to be a good thing. And thank goodness for a sharp knife.
I had never thought bulk meat could be such an enjoyable process of preparing, bagging and popping (or cramming) in the freezer. It was a joint effort between the two of us.
That night we enjoyed a barbeque of lamb chops, cutlets and steak. The next night we enjoyed a roast lamb dinner. Then cutlets the next. I think we need to slow down! But the thing is, I don't think I've ever had such delicious and tender meat. The difference in taste and tenderness was amazing. I've never been a meat and three veg type person, even though it was what I was brought up on. But I think I'm converted.
Not wanting any to go to waste I have started saving meat dripping which have already made the tastiest and crunchiest roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
So I am hoping that this meat will last us quite some time. Trouble being, with so much meat to choose from, and it being so delicious, it may not last all that long in this house.