Although we've purchased pork and beef from local farmers in the past, I've never really done a full accounting of our costs and weights so I was anxious to see what the numbers looked like.
Approx. live weight of hog: 330 lbs.
Hanging weight* of hog: 230 lbs.
Total packaged meat: 175 lbs.
Total Lard / Fat: 30 lbs.
*eviscerated, skinned, feet & head taken off
Average Local Grocery Store Sale Prices
Chops: 36 lbs. pounds @ $2.43 = $87.48
Roast: 15 lbs. @ pounds $2.49 = $37.35
Ribs: 9 lbs. @ $3.19 = $28.71
Ham Steaks: 18 lbs. @ $2.49 = $44.82
Bacon: 21 lbs. @ $3.54 = $74.34
Sausage: 62 lbs. @ $1.72 = $106.64
Liver: 6 lbs. @ $1 = $6
Neck bones: 4 lbs. @ $1 = $4
Hocks: 4 lbs. @ $1 = $4
Lard: 15 lbs. @ $1 = $15
Fatback: 9 lbs. @ $1 = $9
Theoretical cost of pork products if purchased on sale at local grocery store: $417.34
The prices I listed above are the lowest prices from this week's two local non-Walmart grocery store sale papers. Couldn't quickly find prices for the neck bones, hocks, lard and fatback so I just used a low price of $1 per pound. Obviously there are times when one of the stores has a really good sale, but I figured I did enough work getting all the prices in the first place, so this is good enough for me.
So according to my ciphering (that's what they call math down here), we saved about $55.
Really not that much of a savings if you consider the amount we bought and that we have to store all that meat in the freezer (and it costs $$ to run the freezer). And not only do we have to keep it in the freezer, but we have to make sure we don't let it get "lost" in there and lose any to freezer burn. The chest freezer we have is big and deep...and currently full. Even when it's empty I can't get to the bottom corner of it without teetering my midsection on it and lifting my feet off the ground. For all I know, Hoffa may be hidden in there under a four year old smoked duck.
A very full freezer!
And I even put all of the ham steaks & bacon in the little chest freezer.