I finally found a compromise. I got 93% lean hormone and antibiotic-free ground beef in a 40 lb box from Zaycon Foods. I've heard a lot of good things about the company, which only recently started doing truckload sales in my area. Now granted, it's not from a local farmer and it's not grass-fed, so I'm sure I could still be making a better choice, but it's a start.
This is what a 10 lb roll of meat looks like.
Then we realized I was wearing an I love Chick-Fil-A shirt while holding beef....we repositioned the beef. :-)
Naturally this much meat meant it was time for a big freezer cooking session! I got a jump on the hamburgers on Thursday night but the rest was done on Saturday.
This quiche has a hamburger crust. Several months ago I saw a recipe for something like cheeseburger pie that used the burger as the crust rather than the filling. I couldn't find the recipe again so I combined several ideas into this. I took my meatball mixture before adding seasoning (so just meat, eggs, cornflakes), and pressed it into a pan, lining the bottom and edges. I baked the meat and let it cool. The filling very loosely follows this recipe. I baked the quiche until almost done, so when I re-heat it, the eggs won't be overdone.
Meatballs - 9 dozen made it to the freezer (so tasty I almost scrapped all my other plans and only made meatballs)
Meatloaf - 2 pans
Hamburgers - 3 stacks (maybe 20 burgers?) (BBQ, teriyaki, Italian)
Hamburger spinach quiche - 2 medium pans
Beef enchiladas - 2 large pans
Cooked ground beef - lots
Taco stuffed potatoes - 21
Gosh, it doesn't look like much when I list it like that. It sounds more impressive when you also learn that I did our laundry and another family's laundry, made 5 pies and 4 mini pies from scratch, washed all the dishes I dirtied in cooking, and did Christmas and grocery shopping on this same day. It was the most productive day I've had in ages, with some help from Nathan!