Photos Of What Chance Eats
I get asked a lot what Chance eats. So I added a page of pictures of some of what she eats. There is a link to the page on the Prey Model Raw page.
Elk & Venison (finally)
Finally have the elk and venison from the co-op in my freezer! The transport was an hour late but I can't complain since it's run by volunteers, traffic here can be terrible, and the meat I got is cheaper than beef now.
Opened the elk hoping it would be 60 lbs. packaged in 4 bags like some people have gotten. No such luck! 59.97 lbs. of solidly frozen elk meat trim! That's 15" wide by 7" thick by 27" or so tall!!!
Didn't open the venison.
The 2 boxes fit nicely in the 5 cu. ft. freezer so yay!
Even bought myself a new toy just because of this order. A 22" butcher's saw! That way I can carve the blocks up into chunks that are easier to pick up for me and that will fit in the freezer for thawing.
Both freezers aren't completely full so there's still room to keep stocking up on lamb breast.
Lamb Breast & Raw Co-op Delivery
I've managed to get just under 27.75 lbs. of lamb breast for Chance. 13.365 lbs. of that was today! The guys at Whole Foods see me and immediately grab the lamb breast out of the meat case. I usually can only get 3 - 4 lbs. of breast at a time since they butcher the carcasses there so I don't know why they had so many today!
Did find out that the Whole Foods closer to our house calls the lamb breast "riblets" and charges $3.00/lb. more! So we don't go there.
The 60 lbs. of elk and 60 lbs. of venison I ordered from the co-op in mid-August is finally arriving Thursday! It seems like it has taken forever to get here. I'm super excited to be getting it so we can start introducing it to Chance but I'm dreading it because I'll have to repackage it for easier storage.
I'm hoping it will be packaged in packs of 4 per case instead of being frozen in a huge lump.
People who have gotten it say it the cases can be packaged either way. The 4 packs-per-case would be so much easier for storage!
Lamb Success, Brains, Pork Prices
I had an exciting find yesterday! Icelandic lamb breast for $3.99/lb. from Whole Foods of all places! They only had 2 breasts so I bought then out. For that price I would've bought everything they had. Especially since I don't know if I can get that price again. The price wouldn't come up so the butcher charged me the stew meat price.
I cut up the pig brains I bought from the Asian market. Didn't know what to expect but I did have myself convinced they would be gross.
They were still frozen so they came out in the shape of the container and were not the least bit gross. Chance started brain introduction today with a little brain mixed in with her pig spleen.
I stopped by Costco yesterday to look at their lamb. Noticed the pork spareribs we buy for Chance have gone up $0.30/lb. in the past week. Sucks!
I'm thinking my 60 lbs. of venison and 60 lbs. of elk will be in later this month. The raw co-op has 2 deliveries coming soon that will total almost 6,000 lbs!
I'm trying to find some bone-in lamb cuts for Chance that won't require us to take out a 2nd mortgage. So far they are either very expensive $15.99 per pound or more or they are reasonably priced but come pre-Frenched or they are enhanced with sodium.
We went to a Halal butcher today but they didn't have any so I'm going to try another Halal butcher not too far away. We drive by it when we take Chance to the pool and when Chance goes to vet rehab. It looks bigger.
Chance was running low on beef so I stocked up on roasts that were on sale and marked down for quick sale. 22 lbs. of beef and I bought them out of all their cheap stuff.
I can't believe how fast meat prices are rising.
Chickens at Costco went up another 10 cents per pound in just a week or 2.
In May I could get beef at Costco for $3.09 per pound and now they have nothing that is under $4.00 per pound!
I had planned on ordering rabbits from Hare Today as soon as the raw co-op database opened. We don't get a discount on the product but we get a huge discount on shipping that makes it hard to find a cheaper product locally.
But I found out we order from Hare Today almost monthly during the winter so I can wait for a couple of months before I start to get low on rabbit and need more.
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