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October 12, 2013 Leave a comment
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image.jpg, a photo by baldwinmk on Flickr.

The bacon is done, filled the smoker 3 times. This is a BUNCH of bacon, and it’s the best batch I’ve made yet. The only thing we’re still waiting on is the ham. We’ve got a couple more weeks of curing before we can smoke it and hang it up. Can’t wait!

Until next time…..

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80 pounds bacon – 5 gallons kraut

October 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Not your typical sight – a bunch of meat soaking in a bathtub. But this huge hog had so much belly meat, the kitchen sink wouldn’t hold it all, so to the bathtub it went. It’ll soak there for 24 hours to equalize the salt a bit, then it air dries for another 24 hours before getting smoked. That’s a LOT of bacon.
Then comes the saurkraut.  I picked up a 5 gallon crock over the summer super cheap (Craigslist of course), so I can make loads of kraut at a time.  Here’s 5 gallons ready to put up.  Enjoyed our last quart from the previous batch with dinner tonite, so this is perfect timing.  The crock method is SO much nicer than trying to ferment individual quart jars.  That’s an awful mess, and always ends up with a lot of mold on top of each jar so you have to throw out the top inch or so.  The crock was worth the $20 investment.

We’re slowly getting our stores in for the winter.  We still have a beef to butcher, and probably find one more pig before we feel a little less anxious about winter food.  We have some chickens put up, and a couple more dozen to butcher.   Maybe the shelves aren’t as bare as they seem  🙂


Until next time…..

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One wall up!

October 7, 2013 Leave a comment
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We’ve gotten 1 wall up on the cabin. Austin and I spent most of the day dropping trees, dragging them over and hanging them, while Ian and Little Matt started chinking/plastering the front wall.


Hopefully the next couple weekends we can have the rest of the walls up, get the roof on, put the door in (found a great one on craigslist for $20) and start working on the rocket mass heater.
Hopefully our sad tent will hold up until then. It’s true “they don’t make things like they used to” – We’ve had this tent up for 1 season, and the walls are dry-rotting already. Most of the tent is held together with patches and duct tape at this point. Luckily Taya had the forethought to get a tarp over the top of it to protect from the weather and sun.
The Land - 9-14&15

Taya spent a while with a rake and shovel planting a small patch of garlic, so we’ll have a little something in the ground.  Next we’ll get some broccoli, cabbage, and maybe a little lettuce too.  It’s been very mild, so we should be able to get them in before it gets too awful cold.
A garlic garden
Tested the water from the sand filter – we still have about 12 hours to go, but it looks like it may turn up positive for some sort of bacteria. Bummer. But it may just need to sit a while longer. But all the other tests – fertilizer, lead, etc. all came up completely negative. We can always just run all our drinking water thru the berkey filter, or drop a few drops of bleach in the water.
The Land - 9-14&15
We did take the day off Saturday, and spent the afternoon at the Halifax County Fair. Kinda funny – no matter where you go to the fair, it always seems to be the same kinda folks there. But we did enjoy ourselves.
That’s all for now.

Until next time…..

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