January is officially National Meat Month. This designation was first suggested by the American Meat Institute back in 1983. The goal then was to educate people about the benefits of eating lean beef, but it has since developed into a way for farmers to promote all types of meat eating by American consumers.
Oklahoma 4H clubbers recognize National Meat Month as a way to promote the state’s agriculture. The Sooner State produces large numbers of beef, poultry, and hogs each year. In fact, this state is second in the nation among beef producing states. It also ranks eighth in hog production and tenth among chicken producers. During the month of January, 4H clubs throughout Oklahoma educate young people on building healthy meals using beef, raising hogs, and different types of grazing animals. It is also an opportunity to promote 4H clubs whose members raise and show cattle and hogs at county fairs during the summer months.
In addition to being National Meat Month, January is also known as National Soup Month. One way to celebrate both of these events is to create a scrumptious soup with cuts of lean beef in a slow cooker. Add potatoes, celery, and carrots for a delicious potluck dinner and then use the leftovers to create a tantalizing vegetable soup. Simply add tomato juice and mixed vegetables to create a nutritious yet low calorie meal even for those who are not dieting. With so many ways to enjoy healthy cuts of meat, this celebration could easily last the entire year.