Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Canning Soup

I love to cook. However, I have a tendency to cook large portions and usually it's only the two of us eating. This time I made turkey vegetable soup. So, what to do with left over soup? Can it!

-Pressure cooker (with a 10 pound pressure regulator)
-Jar lifter
-Magnetic Canning lid wand
-Canning bubble popper & measurer
-Jars (rinsed and warmed)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

How to clip a chicken's wings

Clipping a chicken's wings prevents it from flying out of its pen. It is a simple and pain-free process. It can be done by one person, but it's easier with two (one to hold the chicken and the other to clip the wing. In this instance, I both held the chicken and clipped the wings because I needed a camera person.)

Supplies: Scissors

First (and most fun), catch the chicken.

Once you have the chicken in your arms, spread it's wing.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Garden Planning

It's cold and snowy out. This is the time of year that I long for it to be spring so that I can start my garden. Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. It's the rest of winter I dislike. Since I can't make time go faster, I spend this time planning out my garden instead. This year we're going to make raised beds (and lots of them because I can and preserve a lot) and being the huge nerd I am (I've been told it's "cute" but I know it's totally dorky but efficient), I made actual plans:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How I butcher a turkey *WARNING - GRAPHIC PHOTOS*

How I butcher a turkey

If you are sensitive or against animals being butchered DO NOT READ FURTHER. The purpose of this blog is to teach people how to butcher. If you are not interested then you shouldn’t be here.
You’ve been warned. Also, don’t waste your time writing how awful I am for killing an animal. I have respect for animals but also I eat meat. I prefer to eat the meat of animals that we raise. I know everything that went into them. Our animals are treated very well during their lives (they have plenty of grass to walk on, ample water, food and treats. We spend time with them ensuring their happiness.)