Post # 1
First let me start of by stating, I’m a country girl [Disclaimer: If meat bothers you, don’t read any further!!]
My mom and I bought a pig off a local farmer and had it slaughtered. We had it cut into roasts, chops, country ribs, spare ribs, hot sausage, sweet sausage, plain ground, salt & pepper ground, ham, and bacon. We purchased it for roughly $3/lb including butchering and packaging.
When she gave me my “half” (quoted from the farmer at $228) I got *maybe* 45lbs of meat. (and that’s a stretch) We had no ham (at all) and no spare ribs. She got two small roasts that we didn’t get. She took more ground and bacon than she gave us PLUS she had already eaten some before she “split” it.
After the cost of smoking the bacon & ham (which mind you, I didn’t get), it comes to approximately $6 PER POUND. I’m livid. My mom already has psychological issues so I have no idea how to approach the fact that she ripped me off without her feeling “hurt.”
I guess this is just a rant more than anything.. thanks for reading, if you made it this far.
Post # 3
ooh that sucks. My mom has pulled things like that. Lesson learned, don’t do buisness deals with mom.
Post # 4
@OnceUponATime: Hah, country girl here too. I used to sell hogs at county fair and my family has done our fair share of buying lifestock to slaughter and stock in the freezer for the year.
You have probably already thought of this, but the carcass weight vs. viable meat weight is usually quite a jump, so it’s possible that you didn’t get ripped off as badly as you might have thought.
However, to pay such a large amount in order to get the meat smoked and the not actually get the meat that was smoked it crazy. She took the most expensive meat, and even if she did “half” it properly, it seems like she gave you the real short end of the stick.
Is it worth it to you to mention to her, or will is cause more of an issue than it’s worth?
Post # 5
That sucks, but I would probably just not split stuff in the future.
Post # 6
@Kat: I knew there would be a price jump comparing the two. (I guesstimated .50-1/lb, but honestly had no clue how exact). Ah, it’s hard to determine what’s worth it. I won’t cry over her already having eaten some ground and chops, but I’ll definitely mentioned that, “Hey, I noticed we didn’t get any ham or loin.. did we forget to grab a bag out of the freezer?” (Even though I totally scoped out her freezer… and did an inventory of what she kept. Exluding what she already ate.. lol)
@HappySky7: Don’t do business deals with moms, and don’t work with them. I’m screwed. I apparently do both..
Post # 7
@OnceUponATime: We do this often with pigs, cows and lamb. We split it with a few coworkers and always have the butcher split it for us so no one is at fault and it typically comes out even. I would maybe mention that you didnt get something and wanted to try a recipe and see if she would give it to you. I know after our splits we will still exchange some of the cuts later.
Post # 8
@minted: Good call with having the butcher split it! Should have thought of that.. Lesson learned!!
Post # 9
@OnceUponATime: i would flat out ask her for some bacon and ham. return some other meat portion back to her for it.
Post # 10
No ham and no ribs!? That’s ridiculous. Generally, any time you’re purchasing a whole animal at a set per lb price, some parts are going to be a better deal than others. The ground is barely worth what you pay, but the whole point is that it balances out with the expensive cuts, like the loin, ribs, etc. Personally, I just wouldn’t split with her anymore. It’s not worth the drama, and I’m sure you can find plenty of friends that would want to split with you.
Post # 11
@OnceUponATime: …were we seperated at birth? I can totally see my mom doing this.
Post # 12
@OnceUponATime: That sucks. I am sorry to hear but it does sound tasty 🙂
Post # 14
Oh man sorry to hear that girl!
Post # 15
That sucks. Just wanted to say this post is fascinating to me- as i can’t imagine purchasing a whole animal!
Post # 16
@OnceUponATime: But…of the meat you DO have, are you willing to share? I only ask because as I read the list of the various cuts and whatnot I suddenly became hungry and would rip off my OWN mother if it meant I could have some fried porkchops. I’m just sayin…think about it 🙂