Well, it might as well be eating pets, these hogs were so pampered.
Photo in our mini-fridge (left to right): Pulled pork, home-made soymilk, bacon, home-made hummus, rough-cut sausage.
Latest co-op goodie; fresh home-raised pork. The woman who owned the pigs was going to keep the shoulder for herself, but sold it to me instead, out of the stack of paper-wrapped meat at Sunsets West Co-op. $4.00 a pound is NOT pricey for home-grown, boneless, clean pork. Chopped and cut and spiced it into three dishes (about six meals each):
- pulled pork: end third slow simmered with red wine, apple juice and sausage mix (see below)
- bacon: center third thin-sliced with an ulu knife while partly frozen, packed in glass jar with kosher salt, brown sugar. Chunky hard meat cures quickly to tender, flattened bacon.
- sausage: rough-chopped with the ulu knife, mixed with kosher salt, fresh chopped oregano-rosemary-alpine mint, dried garlic-black pepper-nettles, packed in glass jar.
Meals so far: yesterday, one home-laid egg each, one half slice of bacon. Today, sausage red-eye gravy over home-made whole wheat biscuits.
I got the idea for storing food to be used soon in glass jars in the fridge from the letters column of Mother Earth Magazine. Well, where the hell else?
No, we're not filling up a freezer with food. We raise a few eggs, will soon add honey and fresh veg, to trade with those who DO have freezers full. Just swapped a dozen eggs for a huge fillet of silver salmon; three days worth of meals and a big chunk just for the cats. Yes we share -- no sharing, no sense of abundance. Both sides of the swap thought we made out better over the other guy. I don't mind cleaning the hen cage once a month, the guy doesn't mind hanging out in the cold water and gutting fish, but both parties got food that was fully cleaned and neat and ready for the pan. We're having so much fun swapping stuff, we don't care.