What Do I Do With Half A Hog?

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Are you a busy mom who is feeling overwhelmed trying to plan healthy, nutritious meals for your family?  Do you struggle with weight issues?  Are you tired of eating on the run and feeling guilty for not cooking enough?  Do you love your family more than anything and want them to be as healthy as possible?  Do you value farm-fresh food?  We are here to help you

Throughout the years as a busy mom of five children, now grandchildren and a full-time job helping to run our family farm I often struggle with these same issues.  I know how important it is to keep our families healthy.  For years we struggled to find nutrient dense foods as many of you do.  That all changed when we started our farm.  We were finally able to eat “clean” foods.  Our overall health improved and many allergies disappeared.    

Have you ever considered purchasing pasture-raised meat in bulk from your local farmer?  Does the purchasing process confuse you?  In this new series we will take the confusion out of the process.

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What is holding you back?

Is it price? 

Is it the quantity?

Are you unfamiliar with how to cook a specific cut?

Economics?

Purchasing pork directly from a pasture-based farmer is much more economical than you may think.  When you purchase meat in bulk you will enjoy a diversity of cuts.  We take the time to work with you to determine what cuts suit your family’s tastes and cooking styles.    You will receive a variety of cuts including ground meat, chops, roasts, bacon, spareribs, sausage or ham all for one reasonable price per pound.

As an added benefit to purchasing in bulk, you will receive items that you normally can’t purchase in stores.  We give you the option to keep the organ meats like the heart, liver and kidneys and suggest ways to incorporate these into your cooking.  You will also receive the fat that can be rendered into lard for cooking.  If you are familiar with “Nourishing Traditions” you will know what I mean.  If you want to learn more about “Nourishing Traditions” ask me.

Quantity and Quality?

Are you concerned about the sheer quantity of meat you will receive?  This also ties directly back to economics.  Yes, you will receive quite a bit more than you would normally purchase at the supermarket at one time, but now you have the convenience of adjusting your menu planning as life happens.  I love having a freezer full of a variety of meats.  If I know that my day will be hectic I will defrost a roast or pork chops then  throw it into the crock-pot with some seasonings and add an onion, a few potatoes and a handful of carrots.  Like magic I have a delicious meal waiting for my family when supper time rolls around.   

When you purchase directly from a local farmer you can have peace-of-mind that the meat you are purchasing is farm-fresh, “clean” and is as health-giving as possible.  You get to build a relationship with your farmer.  We want to help you achieve your goals, like we have achieved our health goals.  By putting a face on your farmer, you can be  assured that you are providing your family with the best food available.

How Do I Cook Some of This? 

You may be unfamiliar with how to cook with some of the cuts you will receive in your bulk purchase?  We are here to give you a bunch of how-to ideas and information that will give you the confidence to dive right into this journey.

Join us here next week.  We will start to learn about the main parts of a pork carcass, how they are cut and how to cook them.

Here is a quick and easy recipe to get you started.  Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

Photo courtesy of Taste of Home

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