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Fall Butcher season

Fat Hogs
Ossabaw Island and Duroc cross fat hogs

 

 

 

 

 

Fall has always been the time to start thinking about putting up some pork. The days of hanging pork in the smokehouse for the winter have long been gone, and the art of processing a hog by the family has almost been lost. I have the hogs fattened up and wondering what I can do with them.

During my journey with the hogs, I have not been fully content with getting our hogs processed at a locker.  It seems that no processor I use is without fault, and each one has their own way of processing and presenting a final product. My journey has lead me to experiment with processing our own hogs.

I saved back some pork bellies  from a hog I butchered a month ago for a hog roast. This weekend I am going to practice making my own bacon for the first time.  I have purchased some curing salt and have researched some recipes.  This is also research into another ” Stream of Income” for the farm. I will keep you updated.

 


 

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More great news I found about Chinese food Imports

China’s dangerous culture of chemical adulteration and
counterfeit food products came into focus for American consumers in 2007, when China exported pet food ingredients
tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
A byproduct of coal processing that is used frequently in
plastics, melamine has attracted the interest of unscrupulous
Chinese food processors and animal producers because of
its high nitrogen content and low price. The high nitrogen
of melamine-contaminated food, like milk, artificially raises
measurements of protein content in common laboratory
tests, leading to higher prices in the market.
But the use of melamine has meant that consumers — and their pets — get nutritionally inferior food laced with a deadly chemical.
In 2007, the FDA received reports of 17,000 pet illnesses,
including 4,000 dog and cat deaths, believed to be the result
of melamine contamination in the imported Chinese gluten
ingredients used to make pet food.
Sixty million packages of pet food were recalled in the United States, the largest in history. Some of the melamine-contaminated pet food
was redirected to hog farms; thousands of hogs that ate the
contaminated food were put to death in an effort to keep
melamine-contaminated meat from entering the food supply.
But the FDA and USDA still allowed 56,000 hogs that
ate melamine-tainted pet food to be processed into pork,
which was then sold at supermarkets.
What do you think the Chinese feed their livestock?
How did the FDA and USDA figure that this pork was safe?
More Greed based decisions by our government!
Just think, Congress has been making steps to hide the origin of imported foods. They are voting to end the country of origin labeling on meat and poultry sold in the US.  Read more here.
The more I read the more I am disgusted with our government and why they let this crap into our country. Our government needs to do more to protect us.
But until they do, start protecting yourself. Do your research and locate some local farms and start buying locally. Farm to Table is the best way.


 

What are we eating? Is fast food what you think it is?

I just read an article about McDonald’s Artisan Chicken Sandwich. McDonald’s is simplifying the ingredients because they realize that their customers want to be able to recognize and pronounce the ingredients in the food they eat. It was the push for higher profits that made their chicken sandwich a target for change in the first place.

What can we use that is cheaper, something that we can pass off for real meat? How much can we push the federal guidelines for the allowance of “other stuff” in our meat. How can we convert scraps that we would  normally throw away into something the customer would recognize and purchase?

The people are waking up to what these big corporations are putting in our food. Wood pulp as filler in the beef. Meat glue used to combine meat particles together to mimic what they used to sell. Meat trimmings left over from the cut room floor, pressed into a familiar shapes and seasoned to taste like what it is representing, is all to popular for these corporations. No wonder why sales are dropping, people will only buy into their farce for so long before they expect better.

Have you read the label on packaged frozen chicken breasts in your local supermarket? I did, I found out that what I thought were actual chicken breasts, were actually made from the meat taken from in- between the ribs. This rib meat is then meat glued together into the shape of a chicken breast. It is pretty convincing, I wouldn’t have known until someone told me to look for it.

My Grandpa always said that he would never buy a chicken unless it was a whole chicken.  He was afraid that parts of the chicken that went bad would be cut away and they would sell the rest of the chicken as parts. He had great vision and knew that people would do anything to retain profit even at the expense of others.

A friend of my parents says that he would never buy canned beef. He said it was made from the cow’s bag. Could be true. And they would be right in saying that it is 100% beef. The only thing is, the consumer is expecting actual meat from a muscle group. As long as it can be passed off as something more appealing, the company will have a good chance of making a sale. Selling the cow’s bag would increase the revenue that they can produce from one animal.

Back in the day they may have used the cow’s bag as a leather pouch, but unless I am mistaken, I know of no recipes that call for it handed down through my family. I know that back in the day they used all parts of the pig, and would use the squeal if they could. That is being resourceful, and frugal. But I am sure they didn’t hide what was in their stew and call it something that sounded more appealing. And if something “fell” into the meat as they were processing it, they took it back out. Corporations just figure that 2% of “other” non meat stuff is great because they can sell that too.

It is sad when you can’t trust what you buy to eat.  I think that the only way to truly be able to trust what you are eating is to grow it yourself. The second best way would be to buy from a local farm that raises their animals like you would.

This is why I raise my own meat!!