Every Spring our local butcher has a huge meat sale and we always take the opportunity to stock up.
We started this homestead in hopes that we can start to raise our own food, but since we are in the first year of the project nothing is really ready for “harvest”. That means the Commander was sent off to pick up our order and to hopefully fill up the freezer.
Two years ago I got a freeze-wrap machine, it basically sucks all the air out from around the meat so it can be stored in the freezer for an extended period of time.
I pre-cut and sized the bags in preparation for the packing process.
Forty pounds of hamburger needed to be broken down into 1.5 to 2.0 pound patties for freezing. Next we packed the steaks, pork ribs, and spare ribs, the whole process took a couple of hours.
The finished product stacked up on the table – this should last us a good long while.
When we were finished the basement freezer was packed full. Hopefully next year we will have some locally produced meat to put in the freezer. With food prices having increased 17% in the past three months it feels good to have a bit socked away.