I am almost ashamed to admit this as a prepper, but I fell for the Prairie Gold Foods “drive-by-steak scam.”
It was back a month or so ago when the markets one Friday evening really looked like the following Monday was going to be the Big One. The wife and I were contemplating a Costco run that weekend to stock up, when this fellow in a pickup rolled up, scratched his head, and toted a brochure and a box to our door.
“I’ll handle this,” I said with my usual bravado, having pitched many a pitchman off the porch. But this guy asked if we knew the X family a few blocks away. No? Well, they were on a regular bulk steak-buying plan with his company, but they were out of town, and this fellow’s boss told him to get rid of the steak boxes at a discount. Would we be interested in a box of various flash-frozen, vacuum-packed, store-’em-frozen-for-more-than-six-months packaged beef cuts at half-price?
The box contained a variety of cuts, from a nice bone-in Kansas City to well-marbled filets, a thin ground pepper-steak cut, nice ribeyes, and some decent strip steaks
Half-price turned out to be $180 for just over 20lbs of beef. I knew, after looking at the cuts of meat, that the price per pound was pretty high compared to, say, Costco — but at the time I was thinking it’d be really nice to just stick these pretty, pretty steaks into the freezer and check “frozen beef” off of my prep list. And of course, the deal was done before I had time to check the Internet to find out that these steaks are sold by the same sob story every day.
Well, they turned out to be very nice steaks. On the smaller side, yes, but the quality seems pretty good. That’s the pepper-ground steak on my plate, with the frozen Kansas and filets flanking. We don’t regret our purchase, but won’t likely do it again.
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