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Filling your freezer with half a beef example

Follow along and see what a half a beef looks like in a freezer! This example shows an example of an angus corn-fed beef, and not our 100% grass fed dexter beef. Why order half a beef? Ordering a whole, half or quarter beef directly supports local producers. In doing so, it is often cheaper […]

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The best phone plan for your money

The past five years, Zach and I have spent $360 per year on our phone lines and had the same great service as Verizon! Prior to that, we’d tried all the other “cheap phone plans” and not had any success. Redpocket has saved us over $780 each year compared to our Verizon service! As we […]

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Pleasant Grove Homestead 2023 Harvest Calendar

There’s just 3 weeks until we start seeding some of our crops, and we’ve finally got a plan ready to share with you! Each year, we fine tune and make additions to our garden plots. It’s 2023 and here’s what’s new: We’ve got our main bed of 88 100 foot rows but the potatoes, sweet […]

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Fast and delicious bulk batch meatballs

This meatball recipe is easy to scale up or down. They can be eaten right away, frozen or even pressure canned! Cooking meat in bulk makes those busy nights easy with a premade option that’s homemade! Our links to Amazon earn our family a commission, but we only share products we love! Ingredients 10 pounds […]

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5 steps for local food in 2023

We are excited to be focusing on a few new things to help secure fresh and local food in the heart of Iowa in 2023. We hope you’ll join along, there’s something for everyone– from growing your own garden to snagging our products easy! New places & ways to find our produce and meat! Iowa […]

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2023 PGH Elite Bundle

What is the PGH Elite Membership? ¬†Pleasant Grove Homestead (PGH)’s weekly bundle program, now called PGH Elite offers our high quality produce and all our other products to you on a weekly basis for 22 weeks beginning May 20! As a member of the PGH Elite, all of our products we offer will be available […]

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Best books for frugal cooking

Looking for frugal cooking tips and tricks? These cookbooks are the best books to pull off the shelf. From using your own produce, buying cheaper cuts of meats all the way to stretching meals further, we can’t recommend these enough! This post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission at no extra […]

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Bulk pork example of half hog for freezer

Here’s a half hog order for a family in January of 2022. Half hogs are great for a family of two, and they will easily fit in a freezer above a fridge if it were empty. Just know, everyone’s biggest piece of feedback from a half hog is that they wish they’d claimed a whole. […]

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Whole Hog Purchase Example from Pleasant Grove Homestead

Processing in January 2022, this pork order filled a families freezer with a variety of high qualify pork for less than $4.52 per pound! Listed is an example of a family of four who wants to avoid grocery store meat at all costs. Processed in August, they wanted a variety of grilling options like Iowa […]

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Example of high quality bulk pork cuts ordered from local farm

Example #2 from April 2022 showcases a large variety of cuts from a whole hog. This was a families first experience ordering a whole hog and it perfectly fit into a 5 cubic foot freezer!¬† If you start getting lost in the lingo, be sure to read our post “Cuts of Pork from a whole […]