|Barked: Wed May 9, '12 11:24pm PST |
|Okay, excellent. First thing you want to do is get down to lenards chicken, their chicken is excellent, and they sell ground chicken frames and organ for $1.50 at most stores. For whole chicken quarters the best place is Aldi, they sell roaster chooks for $3.99 a kilo usually which is the cheapest place I have found, and they're great to cut up into the quarters you'll need.
While your GSD is still on the chicken stage (about 2 weeks) that is a good time to scout out your local butchers and ask for trim (beef, lamb and pork - beef is the best buy as the other 2 are mainly fat). I pay $5 a kilo for trim, it should not be any more than that - try a few and see what you can get. The butcher chain I use is Mackrels but I"m not sure if they're in Sydney (they are in Moama on the vic border.) At any rate speak with a few, explain to them what you would like and most of them will be happy to sell off their 'rubbish' from the offcut bin.
Some things butchers should be able to sell:
tongues (ask for non pickled)
Chicken hearts (giblets) and livers can be found at coles too as well as other organs. The coles pork shoulder is the best pork value I've found it sells for $7 a kilo.
Mix that with the chicken from aldi or the grind from lenards and you have a diet that is cheaper than pedigree cans. I'm not kidding, I spend about $10-$15 a week on JT's food and that's it. All from butchers, coles and lenards. Try and buy in bulk if you can, seperate it all into meal sized bags and freeze it and then you will always have the food ready. Then you just put it in the fridge and defrost it the night before and breakfast and tea will be done.
Best of luck to you and good luck meat hunting.
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