If you don't have a way to raise your own beef or pork, check with a local farmer, sometimes they will sell on the half or quarters. It costs more that way at the time, but half a beef would stock up your freezer and you would know where your meat came from. Plus you would be helping out a local farmer.
Hannah's 4h market steer hubby took to the butcher the other day. He was a pretty nice steer. I think, if she would have shown him, she would have had a good chance with him, but he was a handful for her to handle and she just lost interest.
7 qts of beef, canned. I mixed up water, salt and kitchen bouquet and poured into each jar. I also cut up some sweet peppers and add them. After they came out of the canner, the house smelled so good. You could smell the peppers. Hubby said it made him hungry. lol I have more to finish beef and some pork to cube up and can today.