Friday, March 24, 2006

The Market Basket: Natural Beef

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My favorite grocer, Harris Teeter, is now offering a line of antibiotic-free, veg-fed meats called HT Naturals.

London Broil was advertised at $3.99/lb this week, or about the cost of the regular cut when not on sale. I thought this would be a fine time to try replicating Maggie's experiment with natural meats.

Will they taste better? Will my family be satisfied with less because the
quality is higher?

When we first married, I never bought meat unless it dropped under $1 a pound; seven years later this goal is near impossible. $2/lb has become my target price point.

While we were browsing, we also found some deals on the HT Naturals NY Strips (roughly $2.50 for a 10 oz steak) and a slab of natural top round roast. The price reductions were within my regular budget for good steaks and boneless roasts, so I snapped them up, two for a special dinner at home and the rest to freeze for upcoming company.

Along with vitamins and some vegetables, my bill cost less than $20, or the cost of an average restaurant meal for two. I'll keep you posted on the results!

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