Why Buying Meat in Bulk Makes “Cents”



We all want meat that comes from animals that were raised humanely, lived in their natural habitats, fed natural feed, never given antibiotics or hormones, and processed responsibly (click here to find out why all of this matters). But these kinds of meats can be expensive — especially for those who are feeding entire families.

Fortunately, there are ways to make feeding your family natural & properly raised meats completely affordable. Farmer Paul shared his ideas on how to do this in a recent email. His top 3 tips to stretch your food budget BIG TIME went something like this:

1. Buy a deep freezer and purchase in bulk
2. Buy a deep freezer and purchase in bulk
3. Buy a deep freezer and purchase in bulk

When we talk about buying meat in bulk from a farm, we’re taking about purchasing a whole, 1/2, or 1/4 of an animal (beef, hog, lamb, etc.). I know — it sounds intense. When I first learned about the whole animal share buying stuff, I couldn’t help but imagine somehow trying to stuff an entire whole cow into my freezer.

But animal shares are nothing like that. The meat still looks exactly like the meat you usually get — packaged separately according to the cut. The only difference is the amount of it that you’ll be getting at once, which will be a lot more than you’re used to (hence the need for a deep freezer — you’ll be surprised how quickly it pays for itself)!

Think about some of the things you’re already buying in bulk.

I can think of a few…toilet paper, coffee, coconut oil, etc (you know, the necessities). Why do we do this? Because buying in bulk is always cheaper. And this same principle holds true for meat!

By purchasing a 1/4, 1/2, or full animal share, your price per pound will be significantly less than if you were to purchase that same amount of meat over time in smaller amounts — savings that equate to over two thousand dollars on one whole beef! (Primal Pastures bases pricing on “packaged weight,” as opposed to “hanging weight” or even “live weight” which most farms charge for. By paying for packaged weight, you’re ONLY paying for what goes into your freezer — read more about our bulk meat plans by clicking here).

The best part about buying meat in bulk? You and your family will be eating the best, most nutrient-dense, toxin-free meat available — and you’ll still be able to pay for your kids to go to college.

Other Benefits of Buying Animal Shares

In addition to saving on cost, animal shares also offer the following additional benefits:

  • You get it all! Your beef share will come with everything from ground beef to fillet mignon. You’ll expand your culinary prowess by cooking/trying different cuts of meat and organs that you may have never been exposed to otherwise. Who knows — you might even find a new favorite! Acclaimed butcher Tom Mylan says, “If you’re going to kill an animal, then it only seems polite to use the whole thing.” Buying in bulk allows you to do just that.

  • Your connection to your food will be enriched. Buying from a local farm (and especially buying in bulk) will deepen your understanding of how the animal was raised, who raised it, and how it was processed. Your relationship with your meat will become more transparent and less opaque.

  • You get to make the big decisions. Want more ground beef? You’ve got it! Don’t care for chuck steak? No problem. Often times, farms will allow you to make these sorts of choices when buying an animal share.

Unleash the Possibilities…

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, take a minute to consider this little scenario taken from Farmer Paul’s email…

Imagine yourself on a normal night in the kitchen trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. After striking out in the refrigerator and pantry you examine the freezer only to find some frozen peas and a T.V. dinner (from your pre-paleo days, of course). Just before giving in to the urge of going out for a meal of factory farmed pink slime-burgers cooked in soy bean oil, you remember that you did the smartest thing of your entire life and purchased a split a half share of of a pasture raised cow and a half share of primal hog with a friend, then bought a whole lamb for yourself — and it’s all out in the deep freezer waiting for you. You wander out to be delighted by the difficult but beautiful choice between Pasture Raised Beef Rib eye, Filet Mignon, the best Pork Chops in the world, 50/50 Lamb/Beef Sliders, New York Steak, Pork Shoulder, and the list goes on. and on. and on. Good luck with that!

meat freezer

Sounds nice, right? We think so. Every day, more and more people are catching on to the advantages of buying meat in bulk. But despite the long term savings, this can be a daunting option for some people. And if you can’t afford to jump in and get on board with the animal share thing right now, that’s okay! But it’s nice to have it as an option, right?

Head over to EatWild.com to find a local farm that sells animal shares, and get ready to reap the delicious benefits of your investment!


  1. pam says

    Could you break down the size freezer needed for whole, half, quarter cow? Best Buy lists their freezers as Less than 10 cu ft, 10 – 13.9 cu ft, 14 – 18.9 cu ft, 21 cu ft if that helps. Many homes especially in cities don’t have room for a large additional freezer to the one attached to their fridge. Thanks!


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