Archive of ‘Pigs’ category

Change of Plans

| Farm Scenes, In the Barnyard, Pigs


{Farm Scenes #22} It’s time to face that no matter how much I can *hope* that life is going to be a little less messy any day now, for too long it’s been one thing or another and we can’t keep up. It’s time to admit that the last thing we need is to take on […] Read more…


~Partners in Homestead Waste Management~

| Broiler Chickens, Chickens, composting, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, In the Kitchen, Pigs


I’m a big stickler on everyone pulling their weight around here.  There really “ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” I’m not saying that everyone does (or that even I always do.) But it’s the ideal. But in a perfect world everyone has their jobs and someone needs to take out the trash. Actually, […] Read more…


~March on the Homestead~

| 2014 Vegetable Garden, babies, celebrations, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, orchard, Pigs, seedlings

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This year March on the homestead wasn’t nearly as sweet as it was last year. It had its exciting moments to be sure, but this time a year ago we were guzzling down homemade maple syrup like there was no tomorrow! And the absence of all that goodness has been keenly missed. March was full […] Read more…


~2014 Hog Butchering & Stats (Round One)~

| Butchering, cost analysis, In the Barnyard, Pigs


{Breaking Down into Primals} {Sausage Making Crew} {Snacking on Stale Bread} {The Butchering Frame… and kitty finished up snacking} {Before} {After} (This is one of the cure recipes we’re trying…)  {Wet Brine for other Hams} {And this is what it’s all about! The BACON!!} {Because one shot simply isn’t enough.} {Thanks Gals!} 2014 Hog Butchering […] Read more…


~2013 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2013 vegetable garden, Broiler Chickens, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs


It may take a little extra time and effort to track and record what your homestead is producing, but at the end of the year, it is well worth the work when you see just exactly how much food you could grow on your land. I always have found it to be very rewarding in […] Read more…


~Random Glimpses {Ten}~

| Cattle, garlic, In the Schoolroom, Pigs


One Year Ago Today: ~The 25th Psalm~ Week Ten.  Which is simply the number of weeks since I randomly chose to post photos of random homestead happenings.  Of which this happens to be the tenth week.  Which happens to be the week I finished up the 2013 canning season, by pulling some frozen elderberries out […] Read more…


~Homestead Hog Butchering: Leg Quarter~

| Butchering, In the Barnyard, Pigs


One Year Ago: ~Week 43~ The most recent addition to the Homestead Hog Butchering page has been made. It was the most difficult one to piece together and therefore I saved it for last of the actual butchering of the hog. (All that remains is preparing casings and lard making.) In this video I stepped outside […] Read more…

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~Homestead Hog Butchering: Loin Quarter~

| Butchering, In the Barnyard, Pigs


Next in the Homestead Hog Butchering series is the loin quarter. This leaves the leg quarter (which yours truly will show you how to turn into boneless hams), cleaning and preparing the intestines for a natural sausage casing, and my favorite way to render fat for lard. The loin quarter has a lot of diversity […] Read more…


~Random Glimpses {Three}~

| Broiler Chickens, Cattle, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, Jersey cattle, Pigs


Here’s a glimpse into our week last week… It was full of open doors, screens with holes, and cats on counters. Tom found the scent of my mozzarella very enticing… But made himself at home when he realized he couldn’t gain access. He wasn’t easily deterred and went right back to try again just before […] Read more…

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~Homestead Hog Butchering: Belly Quarter~

| Butchering, In the Barnyard, Pigs


My long neglected Homestead Hog Butchering page has finally been updated with a video showing you how we removed cuts from the most important quarter of the side of pork: the belly.Why is the belly the most important quarter, you might be asking?Well, were I to sum up this quarter in a mathematical equation, it […] Read more…

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