Wandering the grocery store nowadays is an adventure in itself. If you want to be shocked into silence, just walk down the meat aisle. I will say that the cattle industry did NOT put on masks and hide in their house the last year. Cowboys have been out and about every single day taking care of the herds that will eventually end up on your dinner table.
Unfortunately, someone has their finger in the pie. Cattlemen are now getting around $1.20 a pound. As a comparison, if we were lucky, we bought calves for 35 cents a pound, fed them all year, then sold them for 50 cents a pound to feed yards who fattened them up. At the grocery store, you would pay $1.99 for that meat. That's a 75% markup for processing.
This $8.69 a pound for tri-tip ... not even close to the best cut on the beef ... shows you what inflation can do to your wallet. I guess I will be hearing "where's the beef" in this house. Of course it could also be due to the long weekend coming up ... people barbecuing tri-tip and such.
It's Memorial Day Weekend ... time for some rest and relaxation, not that that is any different from any other day around here. I'm becoming pretty good at couch exercising.
My next food adventure comes from freezer meals. It sure would be easier if I didn't have to actually think much about what to eat for dinner. This may just be the answer I'm looking for and it's MUCH less expensive.