Monday, March 16, 2009

Ground Turkey versus Ground Beef

Confession time: I don't have a menu planned for this week. I know I should but I haven't put the time and effort into it.

In lieu of my weekly menu I want to tell you about a grocery purchase I made last week.

I was completely out of ground beef. Usually I can buy the 80/20 ground beef for $2.29 or less at my favorite grocery store - Price Rite. However, last week they wanted over $3.00 a pound. $3.00 a pound! For hamburger meat!!! I don't pay that for steak!

As I started to walk away from the meat case empty handed I noticed packages of ground turkey. For $1.50 a pound. $1.50! When is ground turkey cheaper than ground beef?! Naturally I came home with 3 packages.

Normally, I don't buy ground turkey. Partly because of the cost but mainly because I don't care for the taste. But last week I decided with enough seasonings my taste buds wouldn't know the difference but my wallet sure would!

That's my exciting shopping story for the week. Do you have any stories of great deals to share? What about recipes using ground turkey? Or are you a ground beef person like myself?

12 comments:

Kat said...

Personally I love ground turkey! I think it is healthier and I like the way it cooks up (less greasy). I use it in any recipe that calls for ground beaf, including sloppy joes and chili. Once you cover it in all that sauce, you really can't tell the difference. That is how my mom fed it to us as kids.

Ann said...

You know, I never thought about location making a difference in the price of beef and turkey, but I guess that's logical. Down here, ground turkey is almost always cheaper than ground beef! Isn't that crazy? In fact, a lot of people will make sure they buy ground beef for burgers because it's just better, but go ahead and sub turkey for most other things because of the cost difference!

Amy said...

We've been enjoying ground turkey for $1.50 a pound since I became a Price Rite shopper! It is even Perdue brand which only helps my confidence, and I have always been able to get it for that price. For recipes that it is mixed with other things it is great--but for "hamburgers" not so good. Splurge on the ground beef for those--your mouth will know the difference, and your pocket book will be glad to have spent the money! I'm working on my menu, too. We're good through Tuesday night...but after that we've really exhausted all our options!

Rachel said...

Don't you just love a great find like that? We haven't had ground anything for awhile because prices are high. If we had room for a freezer in our new home we'd buy a 1/4 cow. One day, we'll have room.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Ground turkey is always that price here. I like buy it for things like tacos, chili, spaghetti...things that get covered up with a lot of sauce. My kids and husband don't really notice the difference. I used to buy it all the time, but lately (don't really know why) I've been buying mostly ground beef. I'm putting turkey on the list again this week! Thanks for the reminder.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

We always buy ground turkey here ... the last time I bought ground beef I had got about 40 lbs. for $1 a pound. (We definitely made it last a while!) Our Aldi's carried the turkey for $1.19 a pound almost all the time so you just can't beat that price. The only thing I've found is that because it's a leaner meat it can be drier - just watch when you cook it because there won't be all the juices to keep it moist. And definitely season it!

wherever HE leads we'll go said...

I agree with a lot of the comments already made. We do use Ground Turkey, but only in dishes that call for a lot of seasoning (like tacos). If we want to make burgers, we buy ground beef - seems that no matter how much you spice up the turkey - it just doesn't work for burgers.

Alicia said...

Great post, Steph! I'm not a "beef" person much at all. Meaning, I pretty much don't eat anything that calls for ground beef (or the sub of turkey). I was at the store the other day day and saw a pound for $2.15 so I bought it thinking at some point I'll make SOMETHING. Dan's been gone 2 months tomorrow, and this is the 1st time I've purchased beef! I know this really isn't a "deal" comment, except that I save money by NOT purchasing! Ha ha!

Because I'm not a big ground beef eater in the first place, I don't think I would really notice much difference for those items where plenty of sauce can cover it up. And if I can save that much money, that is definitely the way to go!

Maria Mundy, 23 said...

We always get ground turkey, it's way healthier and if you shop at Price Rite (or Save-A-Lot, here in Ohio) the ground turkey is always cheaper than the ground beef! It's a beautiful thing. =)

Brooke said...

LOVE ground turkey! But it does have to be the right brand. I've tried some ground turkey that is nasty! It makes excellent sloppy joes. And my family likes them with a can of corn added in. Try it!

Marya said...

I don't care for ground turkey either. I did have one recipe that really spiced it up and it was good. I never see it around here for that cheap, though.

Flamingo Mama said...

hey lady! it's been forever since i've visited!! i'm so sorry!!

i actually am now on the ground turkey kick...mainly because of it's so much healthier!

i made several batches of ground turkey meatballs. put them with spaghetti or better yet, make it a sweet and sour sauce and put over rice. my kids looooved them! the nice thing is that you can form them and freeze them on cookies sheets and then plop them in a bag. you can just cook them when you pull them out of the freezer.

yea. you can call me martha stewart:)

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