Animals that graze daily in pastures and feel the sun on their backs produce food with more nutrients. Pastured animals store more vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, conjugated linoleic acid, and Omega 3 fatty acids in their fat giving us more nutrition in each bite.
On the down side, pastured animal products can be expensive for many families on tight food budgets. When I transitioned from conventionally raised animal proteins to local pastured animal products, I started with eggs and slowly progressed to cheaper cuts of meat such as whole chickens, chicken thighs, and ground beef. Pastured eggs can cost anywhere from $0.15-$0.55 each making them an affordable source of protein. Eggs are packed with protein along with 13 essential vitamins and minerals.
10 COST SAVING TIPS TO EAT PASTURED ANIMAL PRODUCTS
- Opt for pastured butter and eggs because they are cheaper compared to other pastured products.
- Decrease the amount of meat your family consumes but increase the quality of the product purchased.
- Use pastured meats as flavoring in casseroles, stews, and soups instead of the center of the plate. In other words, make multiple meals out of a whole chicken. Cooking with Clancy’s meal plans incorporate pastured animal proteins helping families eat healthy on a tight budget.
- Increase the amount of vegetables in each dish or meal. Frozen vegetables are perfect because they are usually cheaper and are time saving!
- Choose game meat when available.
- Use cheaper cuts of meat such whole chickens, chicken thighs, and ground beef.
- Stock up when the meat is on sale.
- Invest in a freezer and buy in bulk from a local farmer.
- Use all parts of the animal (chicken feet, necks, and bone for soup, skin and fat for flavoring, organs for sweet breads).
- Start slow. If there is something your family always consumes, spend extra for pastured and reduce food costs somewhere else in the food budget.