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It will be a long time before I’ll be able to eat another hamburger

Remember that I said we were going to use our economic stimulus check to buy a 1/4 of a cow from a local farm that specializes in hormone-free grass-fed beef? I was so excited to tell you about the great deal we got on this and how we found a freezer to store it in for a steal off of Craigslist.

However, that was not to be.

Oh, we bought the meat alright–all $614 worth of it. And we bought the freezer, too. We were thrilled with the whole experience and were looking forward to lots of great hamburgers and roasts and steaks over the next number of months.

We didn’t get a chance to eat any before we went on vacation, but I couldn’t wait to get back and get cooking. I had visions of all these various dishes I could make and all the great grilling we could do. Since we’ve cut back on our meat consumption for years in an effort to keep our grocery budget low, this high-quality meat was going to be a real treat.

We arrived home from our week-long excursion to Arkansas refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to get back to real-life. As we were unpacking our bags, I went to throw something into the recycle bin in the garage.

I noticed a somewhat-strange smell when I opened the garage door and went to investigate.

You guessed what it was… our whole entire freezer full of meat was off and completely thawed! Not only that but it was room temperature and wreaked of spoiling meat!

Apparently, it rained while we were gone and the electric outlet our freezer was plugged into was shut off as a safety mechanism. (We didn’t know that our garage outlet did this or we sure as ever wouldn’t have hooked our freezer full of meat up to it!)

Gratefully, since we had just purchased the freezer, it wasn’t also full of other things, too. Had it been a few weeks later, I very likely could have had it full to the brim with food in addition to the meat. It was still quite a big disappointment, though, not to mention being disgusting.

I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it will be a very long time before I’ll be able to eat another hamburger again. So much for our bright idea of buying meat in bulk.

Note: It looks like we’re going to be able to recoup about $140 from our renter’s insurance, but since our deductible is $500, that’s all the recourse we’ve been able to drum up. Oh well, at least it was our economic stimulus check and not money we’d worked hard to set aside for this purchase.

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  • Oh no! This happened to us too. We bought 1/2 cow, beautiful organic, grass fed beef… oh it was so good 🙂 We bought the cow at the beginning of August, 2005… just 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit, oh did I mention that at that time we lived n SE Louisiana. Oh, it was bad. My dear Hubby couldn’t get back to the house for 2 weeks after the storm. Ewww… I’m just glad that he dealt with that.

    I am really wanting to get another freezer and side of beef. But, he’s a little gun shy – I can’t blame him I guess.

  • When we moved into our house, the company told us to use the outlets that were for the light bulbs in the garage (you can add an attachment if they don’t already have it.) Those ones don’t have safety switches.

    I am so sorry about your meat! How terrible!

  • Wendy says:

    Something you could possibly look into is a generator. We always buy meat in bulk (beef,pork, and chicken) and I freeze a lot of stuff to have on hand when I need to take a meal to someone who is sick or just needs to be blessed. So our freezer is pretty full, but it is also hooked up to a generator. Obviously this isn’t something you are going to run right out and buy, but it would be a great addition to your home and I think stocking your freezer can be a great way to save money. Just what works for us!

  • Stephanie says:

    You can also can meat (look it up on Gildebrook homstead) that way it’s safely cooked and preserved….but you wouldn’t have had time to do that before you left. We lost almost $500 in books when our basement had a minor flood. Not as nasty a cleanup, but still heartbreaking for some of the books I got in grade school (30+ years ago)

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