What You Should Know When Buying A Side Of Beef
Here at Circle L Ranch, we offer a wide variety of options when you are considering purchasing a side of our farm fresh all natural beef from our Ohio raised Limousin cattle. We offer a 1/8 side of beef, a 1/4 side of beef, a 1/2 side of beef, or a whole side of beef available for purchase directly here on our website!
In this month's article, we'll explore the advantages of buying a side of beef, and what you need to think about before placing your order.
Advantages To Buying A Side Of Beef
The chief advantage to buying a side of beef is the quality of the beef. When you buy a side of beef from Circle L Ranch, you can be assured that the product you receive has No Antibiotics, No Added Hormones, and Nothing Artificial. Ever! It is 100% all natural beef from our farm in Burbank, Ohio. Also, our beef is generally aged longer than grocery store meat. Longer aging times improve the tenderness and flavor of the beef. Curious what "all natural beef" means? Check out our August 2019 article: "What Does All Natural Beef Mean?"
Additionally, when buying beef at a grocery store, the uniformity of the product can vary greatly. This is especially true with commercial ground beef which can come from a variety of different animals and regions, and varied feeding programs. When you buy Circle L Beef, you know you are getting consistency.
Furthermore, buying a side of beef can be more economical over regular grocery store prices, and you'll be making fewer trips to the grocery store when you have a freezer stocked full of all natural beef.
How Much Beef Is It?
Without a doubt, purchasing a side of beef is A LOT OF BEEF! A rule of thumb is 1-1/2 cubic feet of freezer space for each 35-40 lbs. of cut and wrapped meat. Visit our Beef Sides page where we list the exact cuts and quantities for each of our sides of beef products. As an example, our 1/8 side of beef is approximately 70 lbs. of beef, and comes in 2 boxes which are sized 19.5" long x 12" wide x 9" high, so you will need about 3 cubic feet of freezer space. Larger sides of beef will require a dedicated freezer.
When reviewing what's included in our sides of beef, be sure to take a look at our September 2019 article "What You Should Look For When Buying Beef" where we discuss the different types of cuts and grading when purchasing beef.