Here in Missouri, I recently bought a family pack from a local, independent butcher (viz, not an employee of a chain grocer). For $82 I got 10 pounds of ground beef, five5 pounds of ground pork sausage, five pounds of pork steaks, and three pounds of bacon. Not sure what I saved vs. paying for those items off the shelf, but nevertheless, it’s a good deal. AND, I get to support a local business AND purchase meat that was humanely and organically raised and not factory-farmed.
A couple of local butchers did this back in Springfield, Illinois where I used to live, as well.
Having never been in a position to patronize a butcher outside of these two locations, I don’t know if this is a Midwest thing or typical for butchers nationwide and/or worldwide.
So Dopers: do butchers in your neck of the woods sell meat in all-for-one-price bundles?
Yes, But I’ve found that they tend to include a crappy overvalued cut and they always resemble a pretty bleak 1960’s menu plan.
Two roasts for Sundays. A couple pork chop nights but the really thinly sliced bone-in style. Cheap chicken hindquarters. Burger, sausage and hot dogs for low cost filler.
I can do better from a cost and quality standpoint, but it’s also something I enjoy like a minor hobby. For a single parent or a low income family it might be just what they need. It also can be a budget friendly for low income families that might not always make it to the next paycheck.
Based both on my observation of neighbors and on my very informal surveys of what my grocery customers are buying, there are a LOT of people eating like it’s 1960 out there, down the boiled-to-death vegetables and molded jello salads. So it probably works fine for them.
It would also be quite a step up from a health/nutrition standpoint compared to what some people are currently eating, but I suspect the folks currently subsisting on frozen pizza, hotpockets, tostitoes, and frozen burritos are probably not inclined to cook much if at all, so it probably wouldn’t be helpful for them.
I pay attention to what’s in the cart of the person in front of me at the register. It gives me something to do while they slowly unload their cart while trying to talk on the phone held to their head with their good hand.
I have been amazed how often I see somebody buying what’s clearly a lot more than just dinner for 1 tonight, and 100% of what they are buying is frozen in a box or is soda or is snax. Then I look at my cart. It’s all food, there’s no boxes at all, and about the only stuff in a factory sealed container is peanut butter or tomato paste. There’s snax in mine too, but they’re nuts and fruits.