We all know that food prices are on the rise. Just take a look at your grocery receipts over the past couple of years and you will see the prices increasing. Due to drought and poor weather conditions, meat prices are on the rise too. There are reports of a global bacon shortage, although it looks like this will have a greater impact overseas. Furthermore, beef prices are expected to rise 4-5% next year.
Hubby and I have been talking for over a year about buying a pig from a local farmer. Our neighbor just brought home piglets and we are ecstatic that they are going to raise one for us! Come spring, the pig will be sent off to the butcher and we should have around 190 pounds of pork. We hope to buy a quarter of a cow too.
If you are planning on buying meat from a farmer, I would recommend looking into this now! Prices of feed grain are going up. So, you will want to lock in a price as soon as possible. If you don’t want to purchase direct from the farmer, start looking for good meat deals in stores. Stockup and freeze when you see a rock bottom price.
Meat prices will vary throughout the country but here is my stockup prices for reference. Your prices may vary a little!
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $1.89 to $1.99/lb.
Split Breast Chicken, $0.99/lb.
Whole Chicken, $0.88/lb.
Ribeye Steaks, $6.99/lb.
Beef Roast, $2.99/lb.
Pork Loin, $1.99/lb.
Of course you will pay a lot more for organic and natural meats. And that is one of the reasons that we are buying a pig and most likely part of a cow! We know they will be raised without added hormones or antibiotics!
Have you noticed meat prices going up? What are your meat stockup prices?