Saturday, August 3, 2013
Busy Week On the Farm
But when things are ripe they are ripe and we better either eat them, preserve them or make them into something and it can't wait. So a "not so busy week" can quickly turn into a busy one. Some years certain plants will do better than others and over produce. Last year it was green beans. We were over run. We ate them about every way you can think of. Daily. They were good but by the end of the season we were pretty green beaned out. :) The deer got ALL of the green beans this year. So from year to year you just never know how much of anything you will get.
This year it is tomatoes and peppers. We have been blessed with an absolute abundance of them. They are on plates and in bowls all over the kitchen. I got smarter this year and bought a lot of those two and three tier plate racks at thrift stores and so am now going up with our produce to take up less counter space.
We also had to butcher five chickens on Monday. I will spare you the intricate details of butchering but show our "butchering set up" for the curious back yard farmers that are thinking about doing it and don't have the nerve yet. If this little country wife and a few kids can do it you can too. Our set up is efficient but not expensive or fancy. When I needed to learn how I "googled" it. Read tons of ways to do it and did what made the best sense to me. I am not going to be showing terribly gory pictures below but if the thought of butchering and seeing the equipment will make you feel bad or uncomfortable you might want to skip the rest of this post. :) Blessings!
William is my squeemish young man, so his job is to heat the water up to the right temperature (145-160 works best for us) and bring it out to us when we need it. He also does the final washing off and picks out any small pin feathers once the bird is pretty much clean before I wrap them in plastic wrap and bag them in freezer bags.
These two ropes hanging down is where we pluck from.
I never wanted to start to butcher our own food. It took me becoming knowledgeable about what happens to our food and how it is handled. How many chemicals and things go into everything and also a health crisis to make me realize we had to do this to have pure food. I have an auto-immune disease that requires me to eat food that is not sprayed or contaminated in any way. I have to know what is done to the food I eat or I have horrible symptoms that make my quality of life not very good. So I am grateful that I have learned this skill and live where I am able to raise some chickens/roosters to do this. We give our birds the best and happiest chickeny life they could have.
We sent three of the five birds to freezer camp after a rest in the fridge. But the kids excitedly slotted the two biggest ones for being bar-b-q'ed for movie night this week.
God is so good to us always. I am grateful for all He helps us do and get done around here. For all He has shown us how to do. It really is a wonderful way to live.
Gods many blessings and Happy Farming!