You know you should be buying organic meats whenever possible—for your own health and the wellbeing of animals. But sometimes even knowing that your grass-fed organic beef packs more omega-3s than conventional, or that your organic chicken actually had space to roam in a field instead of living in a cramped indoor barn, isn’t enough to make you shell out big money when you’re on a budget.
Turns out, though, that you can snag some awesome organic meat without spending your entire paycheck.
No matter what the meat, buying in bulk at your favorite grocery store can often cut costs. In the case of Wegmans, “Family Pack” meats can save a customer 30 percent or more, compared to the regular size. Another great tip: Consult a butcher. Tod Auman, co-owner of Dundore & Heister butcher shops in Easton and Wyomissing, Pa, says a great butcher can recommend cuts that aren’t as well known and give you options within your budget. “We love when someone comes in and says, ‘Help me plan a meal in $15 or less.’ That’s what a butcher should be doing in this day and age.” (Here are 7 more tips on how to eat organic meat on a budget.)
In general, though, there are some meats—and specifically, cuts of meat—that are the often the least expensive per organic pound no matter where you live. Here, we consulted with chefs, butchers, food bloggers, and grocery store reps to figure out what those are, plus the tastiest ways to prepare them.
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