Organic, pastured meats generally cost more. Having said that, we don’t have to pay the incredible prices at the major grocery stores. I like to buy your meat straight from the farm because thenI know exactly where my meat is coming from and I save a lot of money.You may think you won’t be able to find the right kind of farm near you, but it’s easier than you think. Each time our family has moved, I’ve wondered where I’ll get my meat and I’ve always found a reputable farm to purchase from. It might be a few hours away, but I find a friend or two who wants to order, we ride together, and make a day of it. I use the site Eat Wild to find local organic farms.
Even with reasonably priced meat, feeding a large family can really start to add up. I like to find creative ways to stretch my meats so they go further. One trick I use is instead of serving everyone a chicken breast,I shred the chicken and toss it in a salad instead. Or I slice the chicken breast and serve it over a bed of rice. You can use halfas much meat this way. We love bacon, but the organic, pastured, uncured kind is also pricey. So, instead of cooking up a few pieces for everyone, I cut the bacon into small pieces, toss it in with the scrambled eggs and make eight pieces of bacon last for four meals instead of one.
Remember, saturated fats from real, natural sources can be very healthy for you. Organic, pastured meats have a higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and conjugated linoleic acid compared to their conventional counterparts (read more here). So what am I trying to say? Do a little research, find “your” farm, and don’t be afraid of bacon!