For the last few years, I’ve made it a point to try and obtain some of my own food. For a lot of people this means a garden. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to do that quite yet because I’m afraid the dog will tear it up, and along with that, I dont want to do anything to the back yard (I rent). So this leaves me to trying other ways to get my own food. I’ve done some of this (though I’m not sure if it would count) by canning apples, and I’ve also done some elk hunting and antelope hunting. Unfortunately I havent gotten an elk yet, but antelope are plentiful here to the point of becoming a huge nuisance, so I’ve gotten one of those two years in a row. One thing that I’ve been wanting to do more of is fish. Usually it’s pretty cheap, and there’s good fishing close to where I live (mostly trout). So I decided to book a charter fishing trip when I was in Alaska – it was one of two “big” (read: spendy) things that I decided to do while there. Here’s what it cost – and I’ll leave out the flight and the room and food, I would have needed those anyway.
- Charter trip (Late season) $220
- Out of State fishing license $20 (1 day)
- Safeway $15 – Ziplock bags, foil and saran wrap. There were no processors of fish left open in town ( I probably wouldnt have used one anyway) so that I could portion, pack and freeze my catch.
- Cooler $23 I needed something to take the fish home with me so that they wouldn’t de-thaw on the plane. This worked really, really well, but it was because the cooler was packed very, very full. It also didnt fit everything in it – 1 serving had to be packed alone. I’ll have to see how this one fared.
- Check bag fee $20 – to check the cooler to take home.
All in all, I got less than $90 dollars worth of fish from the fishing trip, bringing my cost per pound of halibut to a level that I dont even care to calculate. However, the trip wasnt just about taking home enough fish to feel me and H for the winter. I wanted to experience something new (I’d never been halibut fishing, or on a boat that small in the open ocean), and I wanted to have fun. Both of those things I accomplished, and like I’ve been learning quite a bit lately, it’s not always going to be about the money.
Readers: Do you ever get your own meat, or do you stick to gardening? If you do get your own meat, have you thought about cost effectiveness, or are you just interested in where you food comes from and going out and having some fun?