Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pre-Ranchfest Rush

4/17/08 - 5th Day - Midday. I can't believe Ranchfest is here already. It all kicks off tomorrow, and kind of semi-officially sometime Saturday. We are trying to get everything prepared, etc., and suddenly we get a call from the butcher last night... the pigs we sent in are ready to be picked up. I half expected and hoped for it this early, but suddenly I am wide-eyed at the concept of processing 240 lbs. of meat (plus 60-80 lbs. of goat meat) in the next week. So this morning I went and picked up the meat, and we are hurriedly cutting up goat for making sausage today and tomorrow. I also need to begin the curing on the hams and bacon. Then, during Ranchfest, Danielle and the ladies will likely be canning pork almost every day. We have to constantly remind ourselves that the freezers are not a long-term storage solution. Virtually everything will have to be processed quickly and put into the root cellar, or will have to be cured and prepared for cold smoking. I just ordered another book to study; it is called:
"Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques
Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage,
and Lactic Fermentation"
Long name, I know. I'm looking forward to getting into it.

I suppose if the wood we ordered for the Ranchfest project doesn't get in pretty soon, we will be doing fencing and pork canning for the first half of the week.

The gardens are doing well, I got my grape vines planted, and we picked our first tomato (it was a bit green, but I wanted the plant to get on with making more tomatoes).

The Prognosticators are calling for maybe some rain tonight. We pray and hope for it.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

1 comment:

Bill Peck said...

Have a productive and fun Ranchfest, praying for y'all! Planning on being there come October.(DV)

Bill

P.S. Knowing the specific week in October asap will be helpful..thanks!