Just last week, Drovers Cattle Network released an article entitled, “Meat Consumption Drops as Prices Rise,” by John Maday. I was fascinated with some of the findings in the article.
Immediately, I was puzzled by the fact that the average family eats home-cooked meals 5 times a week. Assuming that the study was only talking about supper, this number seemed low to me. I guess we have an above average number of family members with seven and we often have friends and guests eating with us. Considering we take only our immediate family out to dinner and each order a glass of tea. Ordering flavored water tacks $14.00 to our total bill. We honestly cannot afford to eat out very often.
The study goes on to say that the average family brings home take-out once a week. Even cheap fast food hamburger meals can add up. It seems we cannot leave a fast food establishment without dropping $40-$50 and that is with two kid meals. Needless to say, eating out is a rare treat for our family.
I am the first to agree that an occasional visit to a restaurant is enjoyable. You get to pick whatever you want to eat. You get served and don’t have to do the dishes. But this service is not free, you leave at least 20% of the total cost of your meal for the waiter/waitress.
Besides the toll on your pocketbook, restaurant food is served in large portions. Sometimes it is hard to gauge a serving size and people often over-eat. It is usually full of salt and possibly MSG. I won’t even attempt to discuss the ill-effects of eating fast food. I think we all are familiar with the unhealthiness of highly processed fast food.
The article continues by stating that meat prices in general have all increased, thereby causing the consumption of meat to drop. The price for beef has risen higher than pork or chicken; therefore, its consumption has dropped the most. Even people who continue to eat beef rely on the lower priced cuts like ground beef.
However, there is an exception. Organic or natural beef’s demand has increased by 26% in 2013. Organic and natural are better than your normal grocery store meats, but you have to read the label carefully. Either can still include grain fed beef. Grass fed beef has the most health benefits for your body. Visit Health Benefits or do your own research. It also is very flavorful meat.
From Cross Creek Cattle Company, you can purchase grass fed beef raised naturally without hormones or antibiotics in bulk. You can enjoy steaks, roasts, brisket, and ground beef to name a few cuts available. At $4.00 a pound based on hanging carcass weight, it is the most economical way to feed your family nutritious and healthy beef. Invest in high quality beef combined with fruits and vegetables and you will be investing in your family’s health.
If you still crave the ambiance of a restaurant, light a candle, dim the lights, spread a nice tablecloth, and play music in the background. Yes, you will still have to prepare the food and do the dishes, but you will also know the quality of the ingredients. Weighing the two options, I would rather do the dishes than eat out once or twice a week.