January 15, 2017

FAQ’s

How much freezer space do I need for 1/8th-1/4th of a Cow? 
Mastering the Freezer-99 lbs

Mastering the Freezer-99 lbs/quarter of a cow

1/8th variety pack ~50#

1/8th variety pack ~50#

What are the cuts and numbers of cuts I might expect?

Weight varies with each cow; all meat is freezer ready.   We do our best to keep the 1/8th and 1/4 variety packs as equal in offerings and weight as possible.  However, because the cuts do not always come out in even numbers, variety packs will vary slightly in numbers of steaks, roasts etc.

Average weights and prices are:

1/8th Variety Pack   ~$400-480     $8.75/pound    ~45-55#
1/4 Variety Pack  ~$800-960          $8.75/pound    ~90-110#
Half Beef   ~$1,400-1700                  $7.75/pound    ~180-220#
Whole Beef – ~$2,700-3,300           $7.50/pound    ~360-440#

Off Family Ranch is one of the few operations that offers the smaller, freezer-friendly 1/8th variety pack of beef.  It will consume approximately two thirds of a standard refrigerator freezer.  See image of a 1/8th variety pack on this page for size reference.

1/8th Packaging contains approximately

  • ~1-2 New York Strip Steaks
  • ~1-2 Tenderloins (Filet Mignon)
  • ~1-2 Top Sirloin Steaks
  • ~1-2 Round Steaks
  • ~ 1-2 Rib Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~1-2 Sirloin Tip Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~3-4 Roasts (Pikes Peak, Chuck, Rump, Brisket)
  • ~1 package Stew Meat
  • ~20-25 pounds Ground (1# packages)

1/4th Packaging contains approximately

  • ~2-4 New York Strip Steaks
  • ~2-4 Tenderloins (Filet Mignon)
  • ~2-4 Top Sirloin Steaks
  • ~2-4 Round Steaks
  • ~2-4 Rib Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~2-4 Sirloin Tip Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~6-8 Roasts (Pikes Peak, Chuck, Rump, Brisket)
  • ~2 packages Stew Meat
  • ~40-50 pounds Ground (1# packages)

If you have the freezer space or want to share a half or whole beef, these packs are very economical.  We request a $500 deposit for a half.  Ordering in increments of 1/2, we can do a custom cut style to suit you.  

1/2 Cow contains approximately-  (using our standard 1/8th variety packaging)

  • ~6-7 New York Strip Steaks
  • ~6-7 Tenderloins (Filet Mignon)
  • ~5-6 Top Sirloin Steaks
  • ~5-6 Round Steaks
  • ~6-8 Rib Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~5-6 Sirloin Tip Steaks (2 per package)
  • ~14-15 Roasts (Pikes Peak, Chuck, Rump, Brisket)
  • ~4 packages Stew Meat
  • ~80-100 pounds Ground (1# packages)

Do you provide a Filet Mignon in your variety pack?

Yes!  A Filet Mignon is a cut of the Tenderloin, an internal muscle that is non-weight bearing and therefore very tender. The tenderloin runs the length of the spine; getting smaller as it goes from rear to head. Our T-bone steaks are really two steaks in one. The larger side of the cut is a New York Strip steak, the smaller side is a tender Filet Mignon. 

Where do you harvest Off Ranch beef? 
Our meat is USDA inspected and processed an hours drive from the Off Ranch at Salazar Meats in Manassa, Colorado or Mel’s Meats in Romeo, CO.  They are both family owned and operated and are on the cutting edge of small-scale, sustainable meat  production.  Check out this website!   https://salazarmeats.com/   
How old are the cows when they are harvested?

Calves are born in March or April, therefore the cows are about 20 months old and not even full sized when they are harvested.
Why is the fat color yellow-ish on your cows?

This coloring reflects that the cows have been eating green grass rather than corn or grain. The anti-oxidant Beta-Carotene is incorporated into the fat of the animal, giving a more yellowish tinge than grain-fed beef.


Can we get thicker cuts of steaks?

Because we offer the popular smaller variety pack, we want each customer to get a maximum and equal number of prime cuts.  Cutting thicker steaks would mean fewer total steaks to divide amongst the variety packs.  Customers ordering 1/2 cow increments can have their animal custom processed however they like.  
Where can I get more information on the cuts of meat?

Beef-cuts