Sept Farm Challange -Lets talk about meat..

Now, as you know, I am doing a eat off the farm challenge this month, that means for me, we eat what we raised, grew and have on the farm.. now I just read the lovely Kitchengarden post and it appears I misunderstood a little, when she said, eat off the farm.. she meant eat nothing but what you could get off the farm at this moment in time, other then meat and what she could make from fresh milk.. hmmm, I might be wiling to consider taking that challenge for a week but I think I am going stay with my version for the month per say.

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So she made a interesting point, that she had some beef left and lots of lamb but not much else.. of course the truth is she has much, much more then that, she is just not looking at her live critters as possible food.. she said no chicken but point in fact, she talked about rounding up six fat hens for a housewarming present, and i’m sure somewhere in that remaining flock is a hen that is just a bit older or a bit of a not so good layer or she is just the unlucky one..

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That one chicken can be harvested and used carefully would be able to provide her with a number! of meals, my best to date for a rabbit or chicken is 14 servings for both myself and Dh, that means out of a single 3 to 4 pound critter, I made a total of 28 servings when combined with other things.. here is a more detailed post on a rabbit breakdown

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So it got me thinking about what I have available for myself in regards to meat born, raised and most of the time butchered on the farm..

Currently, we have

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • duck
  • rabbit

Available on the claw, paw or hoof

  • Veal
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Goose
  • Duck
  • Rabbit
  • Guinea Fowl

We are most certainly not hurting in any way or shape for meat..

So there is only one clear big missing piece of “meat” in my staples, and that would be any kind of fish or seafood.. Makes sense given what I can raise on the farm.

What kinds of meat do you have in your freezer, pantry or live in the backyard?

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11 Responses to Sept Farm Challange -Lets talk about meat..

  1. Lake Lili says:

    In the freezer, we have a duck (whole), pork (ribs, chops, breast bone in and bacon bits), chicken (whole and pieces, livers), and beef (ground).

  2. erikamay85 says:

    Just pork for now. Its so good i savor it and wish i had kept the whole hog for myself! now I have to wait another 8 months for one!
    I made soup with some leftover chicken bones. I served it to a teenager who’s family eats largely processed stuff and her eyes bugged out when i told her the soup was made with bones. “B-B-BONES?!”
    “Yes my dear, bones. It cheap and nutritious.”
    “Well, your cheap is different from our cheap! (ie. be it cost you more to make this soup than we’d pay!)”
    “I bought one small chicken and made 10 meals from it. That means each meal cost me less than a $1. … That’s cheap.”
    It was odd to me that folks who try to cook cheap don’t utilize the bones! I’ve made a single ham last for weeks, and a big enough chicken starts off as roasted, then sandwiches, then soup then pot pie. Cooking the “old fashioned way” makes meat last through many, many meals.

    • Could not agree more.. its sad that folks have gotten to the point they think they need what to me at least seems like HUGE portions of meat in a meal in order for it to be good.. it was a massive treat that happened only at butcher time that you would have a steak or a full slice of roast etc

      On a regular meal base, it was very common to have a meal at day that was meatless.. and to take a good portion and make it stretch to feed those large families..

      I hear you on the pork, I am very glad that I only sold as much as I did and that I have a good amount held back for us for the next six months or so before I will have another one ready.

      • I have to admit that this drive my momma crazy, I cook what is needed, example, if I was cooking porkchops, I would cook one per person, and one for lunch the next day for Dh’s work meal, but my momma, she would could at least two per person and most likely a whole family pack.. now to be fair, they do get eaten, so its not that they are wasted..

  3. LuckyRobin says:

    We have so much in our freezer. Of course we don’t grow it all here, we don’t have the land, but what we don’t grow is from a 50 mile foodshed of our local farms. Of my own food, I have rabbits and rabbit liver. From my foodshed, I have chicken, duck, pork, and beef from Sedro Woolley, salmon caught off Lummi Island, a little bit of ground bison from Ferndale, and a package of ground elk from an animal shot in the county. While not technically meat, I also have some local cheeses in the freezer, which is protein. Live in the back yard we have eggs and chickens and rabbits. Lots of wild squirrels, too, if we wanted to shoot them.

    • Oh, elk and bison.. yum.. I am so looking forward to eating moose, deer and elk when I am home, I can get my greedy hands on a little deer and moose locally from a few friends in small portions but elk, that is a need to go home and visit Big Brother Treat!

      Salmon, you lucky girl, I loved the wild char when we were in the north but I also liked the boo as well.. didn’t like seal or whale.. whale is like eating really, really chewy portabella mushrooms sort of..

      Really great job on having it all got within 50 miles.. that is awesome that you can do that..

  4. Ellen says:

    A little off topic 🙂 But looking at your rabbit pic, I’m wondering if you have problems with ear mites from having your bunnies out on the grass? I had one Florida White in a hanging cage pick them up from somewhere (could have been while out in a run for an afternoon on a beautiful day weeks earlier), and spent 2 weeks trying to smother the problem with oil before finally giving in and using a shot of Ivermectin because it got worse and worse….. I hope to one day pasture my bunnies to give them more space and a ‘natural’ environment, and now am starting to rethink with the potential of infection. Research says ear mites can live away from a host for up to 6 weeks?!?
    Thanks for any advice.

    • Worms, ear mites are for sure a possible issue when you allow your rabbits to graze, but they can get the ear mites even in the hutches, it can come in on the hay as can the worm eggs etc..

      I don’t pasture my bunnies full time, they live in the hutches and most of the time, the greens come to them but I do have rabbit grazer runs for them to take a turn in and to be little lawn mowers.

      You won’t like my answer on this but I will be honest about it.. If I get ear mites, I would of course treat with oil and do a full treatment course, but if the rabbits immune system is having enough issues that cleaning, and oil won’t treat a mild case (which is all I have ever had), I would cull the rabbit, I am really quite hard on my culling, got a chicken that does not lay as well as the others, into the stew pot, got a duck hen that only hatches half her eggs, into the stew pot, got a rabbit that doesn’t grow as fast, into the stew pot.. have a first time ewe that given all the chances still is not a good mother, into freezer camp she goes..

      You get the idea.. if you cull hard for health, mothering, and good breeding, you will move your breeding programs forward very quickly, which means that you don’t have nearly as many issues as often or as long term then if you have breeding stock that needs to be treated.

      I have had the bunnies for nine years now on the farm, and only had to treat two of them for ear mites and both times they cleared with oil only, so I might not be the best person to give advice on it, as I have not had to deal with it much.

      • Just to be clear, treating him was the right thing of course but if he gets it again, when the other rabbits don’t or if his offspring are more prone to getting it, when a different buck with the same does offspring are not.. that is when I would recommend culling him from the breeding program.. hope that makes sense?

  5. Ellen says:

    Sorry – I didn’t get a notification that you had replied! We’re currently a bit limited in the number of cages we have, and are trying to cross breed Florida Whites with Champagnes for the Champagne’s size and calmer natures, and the higher meat-for-feed turn around of the Whites. We’ve only been breeding rabbits for a couple of years. Spot has earned a bit of extra care from us, just like one of our laying hens, because of his personality, and because he is now our main buck (Chicken Nugget has a stay of execution indefinitely, since she amuses us by running up the back stairs whenever we open the door, and will jump for blueberries – only blueberries – during the summer). I was hoping to keep him to breed back to the crossbred does next year, to whom he is only peripherally related, because all of my other male Whites have been aggressive. The number of rabbit breeders in our area (or at least ‘listed’ rabbit breeders) allows for very few options other than New Zealands – we travelled to a show in Washington state from BC in order to get our original breeding trio of Florida Whites, and eventually culled the original male and one of the females due to aggression. In fact, we’ve had one of our sweet, gentle does lose most of her litter, after a past poor showing (she’s fostering now with her remaining kit and two ‘borrowed’), and I will not be keeping her or the kits she is raising (the two I fostered with her were the runts of another doe’s litter), and one of our first-time mothers who was aggressive before has only become more so now…. but the small litter of three cross-breed kits she has are amazingly plump, sleek, and calm. Breeding rabbits is definitely addictive – I could have dozens of cages, and it’s hard to know sometimes who to keep and who to cull, since some traits (aggression, small litters) show up only after you’ve decided to invest time and space in that rabbit, and culled others from that genetic cross. We generally cull at 12 weeks – likely 14 this time with the crosses, and do everyone at once, including the ‘adults’ we’ve decided to cull.

    As an aside – do you use Ivermectin, and do you inject or administer orally in that case? Rabbit breeders I’ve talked to have very different, very definite opinions.

    Thanks again!

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