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1/4 Beef and Wind Storm

September 1st, 2015 at 08:12 am

On Thursday we picked up 1/4 of a beef cow (yes, cow, not steer) at the butcher's. The meet itself was $475. The cut and wrap was $195.71. Total cost was $670.71. It worked out to about $3 per pound for grass fed organic beef. I also got 40 pounds of tallow. I only asked for 10, but they give it away, so now I have an overwhelming amount of frozen beef fat to render.

It is for making soaps and lotions, though, so it will all get used eventually. I might also use some for the deep fat fryer. Tallow used to be what all the restaurants used to cook their fries in before they all switched to hydrogenated vegetable oil for "health" reasons, only we know now that is far worse.

It has filled up 3 compartments in the freezer. It is amazing how little space it takes up. If I hadn't had the tallow it all would have fit in two compartments, which is 1/8 of the overall chest freezer space. It will last a long time, though.

We had the first meat from it last night for dinner and it is very flavorful.

We lost power on Saturday in the massive wind storm Western WA had. We were out of power for a little over 8 hours, so we ended up getting takeout from a place that still had power. We spent $48 for 4 people. If it had gone more than that day we would have gotten out the camp stove and started using it to cook on. We had hot water since our water heater is gas and the pilot light was still on.

I made a couple of videos from the day of the storm and the day after showing damages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FciaxrDMHtE

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7ElDGouEDk

It got pretty bad in places, but most of the county has power back as of today. We lost a bush and had a lot of damage to some squash vines, corn, and tomato plants, but otherwise came through pretty unscathed. The animals were okay, especially after we put the shutter up over the windows of the rabbit shed. All of their roofs stayed on.

The first half week of school went well for my son. Although he is already starting to pull some of the same stuff as last year. We are nipping it in the bud, though. It's not my fault if he stays up too late playing video games after being told to go to bed. He doesn't get to be "sick" and stay home and sleep because he made wrong choices. He gets to go to school anyway. And his video game machine gets to sleep in my room until the weekend.

My mom had her 76th birthday on the 28th and then my husband had his 46th birthday on the 30th, but it was all very laid back. We had too much work to do to really celebrate. We had to clean 18 rabbit cages over the weekend, plus we were canning. Farm chores and garden preservation do not stop just because someone is now a year older.

It has been raining pretty non-stop for the last two days. Since it has only rained twice prior to this the entire summer, it is very good for the area, but I feel spoiled after such a nice summer for wanting it to stop. And I'm worried it will spoil and split the rest of my tomatoes. The weather is supposed to get nice again by Friday, at least for a few days.

16 Responses to “1/4 Beef and Wind Storm”

  1. PNW Mom Says:

    We woke up Saturday here in Portland to a crazy windstorm as well and lost power briefly. We received some rain on Sunday....after this crazy HOT summer, we are ready for some cooler temps. The rain was welcome as well as there are so many wildfires around.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm guessing that will be enough to make a lot of soap and candles. Smile

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good to hear you have a firm stance with your son, staying up all night playing video games won't set him up for a good life

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    PNW--It rained only twice this whole summer until now. Now it doesn't seem to want to stop. But the plants are responding pretty happily to it. It was so dry. I hope the rains are putting out the fires. We have had so many in our state, too, that it has set a record.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--Yeah, it'll be more than enough. We might be able to make enough soap for a year and hopefully some nice candles and lotions, too.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    VS-ozgirl--We have to. Last night was a completely different picture. He sat and did all his homework then conked out early.

  7. PauletteGoddard Says:

    We lost power at 9 PM Saturday and regained it before 5 AM Sunday. We were luckier than a lot of Cascadia (my Coquitlam friends reported being off-grid for over a day and a half): areas one block east and three blocks north, and one block south lost power earlier than we did. We went out when we thought it was "kinda windy" and came back to, no exaggeration, dark intersection lights, people deciding they needed to go 30+ on side streets w/traffic circles, 'cos power outage, several emergency vehicles, and fallen trees on the highway.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Paulette, glad it wasn't too bad for you. Are you sure those weren't just regular Seattle drivers? Because they kind of drive crazy even when there is power. There are some places in my city and county that still don't have power. I'm sure it's like that all the way up and down the coast.

  9. PauletteGoddard Says:

    I can't really be sure, as we saw someone in a van going 20 mph in a parkade (covered multitiered parking lot). Seattle and Bellevue drivers are so rotten that claims estimators are flown in from other parts of the country to deal with the summer surplus. I know this from having to visit one in July, and from being hit by a Seattle in daylight, dry roads, fine visibility...

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    Yeah, I kind of think the Seattle/Tacoma area has the worst drivers in the country, and I've been in Los Angeles traffic, which is supposed to be worse, but isn't even close.

  11. PauletteGoddard Says:

    BC Lower Mainland area is worse. "I have to exceed posted speed by at least 40%, you guys. We all do! We need to have a fatal crash periodically at highway intersections. It's in the bylaws!"

    I thought I had a sheltered traffic life, but even with sudden surprise movements in Vancouver and speeding drivers in Coquitlam, I hadn't had as many collisions in 20 years as I've had in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area in 13 months. It's not me who's the bad driver, I put my lights on at all times, because my car is the colour of Bellingham skies and Bellingham roads, and I was parked properly in one collision, and stopped legally in another. So I don't have any anecdotes to rebut your claim, only support them (sigh).

  12. LuckyRobin Says:

    I haven't driven in B.C. for about six years so I'll have to take your word for it. I don't remember it being too horrible back then, but my husband was usually driving. Bellingham skies have been blue for the past 5 months. But I am assuming your car is grey based on the other 7 months of the year!

  13. PatientSaver Says:

    You don't sound at all like i thought you would!

  14. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Can you tell me where you got your beef? Email me maybe? I'm curious.

  15. LuckyRobin Says:

    LAL--I just got it from a local farmer. My county has a facebook page for farmers to sell and trade their products. If you are looking for something near you I'd search on facebook with your county and the word farmer and you should find something near you.

  16. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS--Yeah, I get that a lot. I think we have voices in our heads when we read blog posts that can be quite different from the reality.

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