Category Archives: Food

Ghee and its uses

There are many good tutorials on how to make Ghee from butter out there. It is a pretty straightforward process. What is not commonly appreciated is the utility of Ghee and its importance to the small scale farmer or homesteader. … Continue reading

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Rotations

Rotations can be quite particular. What may work well in one place may not work well in another, or may work only in certain years. The key to finding a rotation that works well for you is putting together certain … Continue reading

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Low effort tender grass-fed baby beef

We had our calf slaughtered two weeks ago, he dry-aged for 8 days at a local slaughterhouse, and we took him home in four quarters. We are now most of the way through butchering him. We’ve eaten a few meals … Continue reading

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Cheese Press

We’ve been generally dissatisfied using weights to press cheese. This works well enough for many cheeses, but it is not enough pressure for Cheddar. First we tried using to board with a nylon web ratchet strap (motorcycle tie-down) to compress … Continue reading

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Milk tastes “weird”

Some people accustomed to drinking store bought milk that try our milk think it tastes “weird.” It was described sometimes as a “chemical” taste. I knew it wasn’t because of spoilage. Our milk is very clean and fresh, and we … Continue reading

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Vacuum Sealer

Wow, what a great little gadget. I am normally very suspicious of kitchen gadgets, even ones with broad acceptance in our society, but there are some that are very worthwhile. A good manual meat grinder is nearly essential if you … Continue reading

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Ruminant “Magic”

Most people simply don’t realize this fundamental fact of agriculture. The edible herbivorous animals–ruminants (cattle, sheep, and goats)–employ a legion of symbiotic bacteria that live in their rumen, the first chamber in their four-chambered stomach, which can break down cellulose … Continue reading

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