Pork Packages

We have come up with our first pork package offerings!  You can purchase these packages here at the farm (open hours through the end of October are Fridays 5-7 and Saturdays 9-11), at the Lima Farmer's Market (Tuesdays 3-6) or by emailing us and arranging a pick up time (kirkwood@bubbaloofarm.com).

These packages are 15% off of the normal pricing, member discounts do not apply. No substitutions on packages. 

The Family Pack:

1 roast

9 packages of pork chops (3 rib chops, 3 loin chops, 3 sirloin chops)

5 packages of sausage (hot, mild or breakfast)

5 packages of bacon

2 packages of hocks

Approximately 26 pounds of meat. Approximately $136, price dependent on actual weight.

 

The Small Freezer Pack:

6 packages of chops (2 rib chops, 2 loin chops, 2 sirloin chops)

2 packages of sausage (hot, mild or breakfast)

2 packages of bacon

Approximately 10 pounds of meat. Approximately $60, price dependent on actual weight.

 

The Soup Pack:

3 packages of hocks

3 packages of neck bones

Posted on October 10, 2014 .

Mmm...bacon

Our pigs have gone to the butcher and should be back home, in the freezer on Tuesday. Starting next week pork can be purchased here at the farm, at the Lima Farmer's Market (Tuesdays 3-6pm) or via email (kirkwood@bubbaloofarm.com). We will get it added to our web store (for pick up only, no delivery) as soon as we can. 

Best of all, our CSA members will receive 10% off all pork purchases! This offer will end on November 30th, so stock up now!

Without further ado, here is the pricing list:

 

Pork Pricing

Bone in Chops …………………………………………………………….. $5.99/lb

Roasts …………………………………………………………………………. $4.99/lb

Loin …………………………………………………………………………….. $6.99/lb

Country Ribs ……………………………………………………………….. $4.99/lb

Smoked Ham ………………………………………………………………. $8.99/lb

Ribs ……………………………………………………………………………… $5.99/lb

Italian Sausage …………………………………………………………….. $7.99/lb

Breakfast Sausage ………………………………………………………… $7.99/lb

Bacon …………………………………………………………………………… $8.99/lb

 

Posted on October 2, 2014 .

Preserving

Last year we learned to can and this year I have gone crazy with it. I love seeing the jars all lined up on our shelves!

I found two new great reference sites: Simply Canning and the National Center for Home Preservation. Both of these sites have excellent instructions on canning and great recipes to follow. They are my go-to references!

When I am looking for new recipes to can I first go to Punk Domestics  and then Food In Jars. After that I do a search on Pinterest and lose hours of time. :)

  Here is a list of what we have canned so far this year, with links to the recipes:

14 quarts applesauce

18 pints sweet corn

30 quarts diced tomatoes

18 pints green beans

7 quarts dilly beans

4 pints pickled roasted red peppers

6 pints pickled hot peppers

10 pints pickled onions

10 pints corn salsa

7 quarts apple pie filling

10 quarts roasted tomato soup   

6 quarts tomato puree (I referenced these directions for the canning.)

11 pints apple mincemeat (*update, just finished this recipe, it only made 7 and a half pints. I           must have cooked mine down more than she did.)

Plus (not canned stuff):

5 gallon bags of beans frozen

3 gallon bags of sweet corn frozen

2 pint bags of peas frozen

8-10 cups shredded zucchini and summer squash frozen

1 half gallon refrigerator dill pickles (Freddy keeps telling me how proud he is of me because these taste "just like the store kind 

1 pint easy peasy refrigerator pickles (These are my new favorite pickle!)

2 pints red onion chutney

15 or so pounds of apples dehydrated

1 pint apple cider molasses (This is SO easy to make!)

2 pints roasted cherry tomatoes (I combined a few different recipes for this. I mixed cleaned cherry tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and thyme and roasted them at 300 in the oven for a few hours, stirring about every half hour. Once they cooled I put them in canning jars, topped with a little olive oil and froze them.)

 

I plan to do some more green beans. Probably refrigerator dilly beans because I am running out of energy for lifting the heavy canners. ;) The garden is still going so there may be more to can, I will have to go with what Mother Nature and time give me.

 Leave your canning questions in the comments and I will answer them or at least point you in a reliable direction.

Posted on September 29, 2014 .

Pickles

All right, I am going for it. Late night small batch pickle making begin!

I am going with this recipe, my absolute favorite refrigerator dill pickles. 

I may try this one too for pickled onions. Onions are our overwhelmingly productive crop this year. Last year it was beans, we had SO many beans last year. This year we have SO many onions! You never know about that kind of thing, at least onions keep well and can be eaten in just about every meal without becoming sick of them. :D 

Let my silly decision due to the late hour, begin!

Posted on August 25, 2014 .

Summer!!!!

This has been a crazy crazy year! The horrible winter led into a cold wet spring that suddenly turned hot. Now we are cycling between HOT and cool, fall like weather. Crazy I tell you! 

The word for 2014 is...

"per·se·ver·ance

 noun \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s\

: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult"

Our spring crops were less than amazing, but our summer is looking up! The eggplants, zucchinis, summer squash, beans, peppers, and tomatoes are starting to fruit. The chickens have been throwing us some curve balls, but Dave spent some time following them around and we seem to have them figured out. For now. Plus, our frozen chickens have sold so well we are temporarily sold out. 

So some things are going great and some things really require our perseverance. Farming is a very fulfilling line of work, but it is not easy. There are weeds (every, dang, where!!!), insects, and escape artist animals to deal with. We have trouble keeping both the laundry and dishes done. The hours are long (we just finished unloading hay at 10:30pm and now I am writing a blog post), and we often smell bad at the end of the day.

On the other hand, the kids are outside and exploring everyday. We have delicious, fresh food to eat, and sometimes so much we are able to can, freeze or dry it for winter. A kid, dog, cat, donkey or horse might stop you for a snuggle at any moment. No two days are ever the same. It is the best job and the hardest job  I have ever had!

Posted on July 22, 2014 .

A Chilly and Wet Open House

Once again this year we managed to have Open House on a chilly rainy day.  It was still fun, for the kids at least. What kid doesn't love mud and farm animals? :) 

There was a scavenger hunt for the kids so they could get to know the farm a bit. If you were not able to be here on Saturday, remind me at your first pick-up and I will get you a scavenger to do then if you like. 

Since it was very wet I did not get many pictures, but here are a few my parents took. If you took any you would like to share email them on over!

Toddler on a tractor!

Toddler on a tractor!

Dave is always gabbing. ;)

Dave is always gabbing. ;)

I am a little gabby too. And cold.

I am a little gabby too. And cold.

Freddy confidently led some tours through the rain. 

Freddy confidently led some tours through the rain. 

As soon as Mother Nature cooperates with the weather we will be able to start having regular pick-ups. It should be in just a few weeks. There are a very few shares still available for this year if you haven't purchased your yet.

Posted on April 29, 2014 .

Earth Day 2014

Can you smell that freshly turned soil? Can you hear the tractor rumbling? Can you feel the sunshine finally warming us up? 

The first few rows of peas are in. There is spinach and swiss chard started. Lettuce has sprouted in the raised bed inside the greenhouse. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and all sorts of things are growing in the greenhouse too. The tulips and garlic are coming up out front. The box of seed potatoes arrived today. 

What better ways to say Happy Earth Day?

Posted on April 22, 2014 .

Spring Break!

What do our kids do to celebrate Spring Break?

Smell that fresh spring air!

Smell that fresh spring air!

They helped clean out the run-in shed in the horse pasture. They love to get in there and scoop manure. I gladly let them do my share whenever I can get away with it. ;) 

We took full advantage of the last couple days of nice weather. We got tons done outside and the kids ran and ran. It has been great after such a hard winter. 

Have to have a silly face picture too.

Have to have a silly face picture too.

The hens are laying lots of eggs, the garlic is coming up, seeds are sprouting in the greenhouse, the mud is drying out, the horses and donkeys are starting to shed their thick winter coats, the first of the spinach and swiss chard have been planted, and the kids are digging and running and being loud without getting in trouble. Spring is finally here!!!

Posted on April 15, 2014 .

Recipe Collection Call Out

Last summer one of our members, the fabulous Kim Barkan, had a great suggestion. She thought it would be great if we had some recipe suggestions to go along with her weekly basket of vegetables. The idea has been rolling around in the back of my brain and a way to make it work finally clicked last week!

I am going to need your help with it! I am sending a call out for all of your favorite recipes that feature the vegetables we will be growing this summer. Egg recipes would also be great. We will be growing peas, spinach, kale, swiss chard, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, lettuce, beans, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, melons, winter squashes, corn, cabbage, cucumbers, garlic, dill, mint, chives, scallions, basil, cilantro, sage, thyme, and parsley.

Email your recipes to us at kirkwood@bubbaloofarm.com, post them to our FaceBook page or our Twitter, or bring them with you to our Open House. I will make copies and have them available for you to peruse when you are here for pick-up.

Posted on April 3, 2014 .

Think Spring

We have to think spring really hard this year, since Mother Nature is trying to hide it from us. It snowed a large part of the day yesterday! Fortunately the ground has now thawed enough that most of the snow melted immediately. 

We have started to get very busy with spring work despite the weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you already know that I am going to give mushroom growing a try. Mushrooms are very different from anything else we have ever grown, but we are jumping in with fingers crossed. I built a crazy looking mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

My beginner mushroom grow chamber.

I am starting out with oyster mushrooms which need darkness to get started, hence the body bag. I used duct tape and black garden plastic, not very high tech but it will hopefully work! I will share more details once it gets going.

The green house is working out great! We have trays of seeds starting to sprout already!

Veggies, herb and flowers.

Veggies, herb and flowers.

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Plants sprouting is the best part of spring! Although the poem Lucy brought home from school the other day is also pretty great. :)

Spring Mud
Posted on March 27, 2014 .

!!!!Giveaway!!!!!

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Jessica! Thank you for visiting!

It is spring!!! I mean, the calendar says so, so it must be true. The snow I see falling right now is just a mirage right? RIGHT? 

It has been a very very long winter and we are ready to celebrate. I thought a giveaway was in order! Up for grabs is a t-shirt and tote bag with our farm logo on it. The giveaway is open from now until Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at noon EST. You can enter by doing any of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this blog. Tell us what you are looking forward to the most this spring!

2. Like our FaceBook page and come back here to leave a comment that you did. If you already like our FB page that is a freebie entry for you, just leave a comment letting me know.

3. Leave a comment on my giveaway post on FaceBook, and then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did it. 

4. For a third chance, share my giveaway post on FaceBook and come back here to leave a comment saying you did so. 

5. Follow us on Twitter, we are @BubbalooFarm, leave a comment here to let us know you are. 

6. Retweet my giveaway post on Twitter (@BubbalooFarm) and then leave a comment here on the blog saying you did so. 

You can have up to six entries (one blog comment for each item) if you do the whole list! Make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. Good luck!

HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Posted on March 20, 2014 .

Almost Spring

Tuesday we got our first taste of the spring to come. It was beautiful out, but we knew a blizzard, an actual by definition blizzard, was predicted for the next day. We rushed around outside to get as much done as we could. I took some pictures to share with you while I was out. 

The frozen pond.

The frozen pond.

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Gus enjoyed the break in weather too. His short legs are not great for running in the snow. 

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do .  

Some wet spots were filled in with mulch. More importantly, Henry got to sit in the digger, something he has been waiting months to get to do.  

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

Freddy got to climb his tree unencumbered by snow pants.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

The cattle enjoyed a sunny rest. This big lady in front is Big Momma. See that big bulge on her side? Hopefully she will have a safe and healthy delivery soon.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our calf that was born just after Christmas enjoyed a little drink.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Our shaggy haired boy is ready for winter to end so he can shed his itchy winter coat.

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

Here is our new greenhouse! It is built into the side of the hill in front of the chicken coop. By building half underground we are able to take advantage of the insulating powers of the ground which means less supplemental heat is needed compared to a traditional greenhouse. Also, the ground should help keep it cooler in the heat of summer than a traditional greenhouse would be. 

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

We got to walk to the bus stop for the first time in months! Guess who had to carry that ride-on digger back to the house though? ;)

All that sun and warmth! Then this happened:

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today.     

I took this picture in the early afternoon yesterday. It continued to snow and blow for many more hours, leaving us with huge drifts of snow to deal with today. 

 

Tomorrow it is supposed to go back up to 50 degrees, so at least the snow won't last! Today we set up folding tables in the living room and got all of the seeds sorted and the seed starting trays organized. In the morning we are going to get some of the seeds planted and then get them situated in that new greenhouse. Spring really is coming!

Posted on March 13, 2014 .

Simple DIY Chicken Treats

This winter has been hard on everyone, human and animal alike. The laying hens have been stuck in their coop because of the cold. The hens have the choice to go outside, but much like the children and I, they would rather not. There isn't much for them outside now anyway; no bugs, no plants, just a few seeds if they can find them under the snow. So last week we started a treat for them. 

                                          This is a great project to do with kids to bring some greenery to your animals.

                                          This is a great project to do with kids to bring some greenery to your animals.

This is a super simple and inexpensive treat that you can make for your chickens, or any other farm animal that enjoys greens to eat.  

What you need:

  • A bag of oats from the farm store like this. A large bag will let you make many many trays of treats.
  • A few seed starting trays like these
  • Some soil
  • A sunny window
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Decide how many trays you would like to do at a time, we did three and are planning to start more trays today. If you do one tray every few days you can have a continuous supply of treats.  
  2. Spread a thin layer of soil in your trays, we put about an inch in ours. You don't need much soil because we are just going to sprout the seeds, not grow an actual oat crop.
  3. Spread a layer of oats on top of the soil. You can see in the picture above that we let the kids dump a few scoops of oats on the soil and then we just arranged them to be in a single layer. 
  4. Water the seeds gently and place them in a sunny window.
  5. Let grow to desired height and feed to your chickens.

We let ours grow for a week, so today we took the first tray out. Those chickens were very excited to see green!

                                                                                                "Bawk, what's this?"

                                                                                                "Bawk, what's this?"

                                                                                            "Let me have a closer look."

                                                                                            "Let me have a closer look."

 I was worried about the chickens fighting over the treat, but the since the roots of the oats had grown enough to make an almost solid brick of plant, I tore pieces apart and spread them around in the coop and the chickens pounced! The guienna fowl quickly joined in too, but they are more skittish than hens so I wasn't able to get a non-blurry picture of them. 

I would like to experiment a bit with the sprouting technique. It would be nice to do it without soil, maybe like the way people grow salad sprouts at home. This technique looks simple and it would  take up a lot less space than the trays do. Here is a great system using barley that I might try with the oats. It would be really great to supplement some of our hay feedings for the big guys (aka cattle, horses, donkeys and sheep) with fresh foods, but that would take a lot more space and time than we have right now. For the rest of this winter we will keep working on sprouts for the hens, and in a couple more weeks we can take some to these guys:

                                                                                     Our newest batch of meat birds.

                                                                                     Our newest batch of meat birds.

These chicks are called Freedom Rangers and are an excellent cross of quick growing broilers and more traditional birds that are able to forage in a free range situation. This is our second time raising these birds and we were very happy with the results! You can purchase these chicks Freedom Ranger Hatchery. Here is a quote from their site about these birds:

"Our Freedom Ranger broiler chicks are a great alternative to fast-growing white broiler chicks or slow-growing heritage breeds. Freedom Ranger chicks grow at a moderate rate, reaching their peak weight of 5-6 lbs in 9 to 11 weeks. These active, robust chicks are suitable for free range, foraging and pasture environments and produce tender, succulent meat with more yellow omega 3 fat and less saturated fat than fast growing breeds."

We will have chicken and eggs to sell by late spring so watch the blog, the Facebook page and our new Twitter account for updates.

Posted on March 4, 2014 .

Hope in the Cold

We are experiencing yet another stretch of cold cold weather. (boo! boo!) There is hope though! Our boxes of vegetable seeds have arrived. Lettuces, cucumbers, peas, beans, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, watermelon, zucchini, summer squash, winter squashes, melons, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, cabbages, onions, potatoes, and more! 

Having the boxes of seeds here makes this newest stretch of poor weather almost bearable. As further therapy, I worked on the herb and flower seed order tonight. My list includes:

  • marjoram, thyme, rosemary, greek oregano, parsley, sage, lavender, basil, dill, cilantro, and chives for the herbs; (we have plenty of mint growing already)
  • sunflowers, cosmos, bachelor's buttons, calendula, cone flowers, poppies, black eyed susans, asters and zinnias for the flowers.

This past fall we planted garlic, daffodils, tulips, lilies, peonies, irises and alliums. Which leaves gladiolus, roses, dahlias, daisies, and a few ornamental grasses left to get. 

What am I missing? Have I forgotten any of your favorites?

Posted on February 26, 2014 .

A Taste of Summer

I have been waiting since last June for this! 

Cherry Crisp

A cherry crisp made from the cherries we canned after the picking and processing frenzy of last June! It is so good!!! It is sweet and a little bit tart, it tastes like early summer! Want to make one too? 

Cherry Crisp (Wheat, dairy egg and nut free)

Filling:

 1 quart cherries canned in their own juice (not pie filling) or 5 cups frozen cherries thawed or 5-6 c fresh          pitted cherries

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbs corn starch

Topping:

1 c rolled oats (use certified gluten free to make this a GF desert)

1 c packed brown sugar

1/2 c GF flour (or regular all purpose flour)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 dairy free margarine (or butter or soy free butter alternative) 

Preheat the oven to 375 and spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray. Put the cherries in a mixing bowl and stir the sugar and corn starch into them. Pour the mixture into the sprayed pan. 

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Pulse a few times to combine. Cut the margarine into pieces and sprinkle over the mixture in the food processor. Pulse another few times to cut in the margarine, the mixture should look like it is clumping together in chunks. 

Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the fruit and bake 30-40 minutes (depending on how juicy the fruit is) until the top browns. Serve warm or cooled. We have been know to eat this for breakfast. ;)

 

This summer we will be offering a few food preservation classes, so stay tuned to the blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed for more information. 

 

Posted on February 25, 2014 .

A List

I went to college in a hospitality program. Sure I took some culinary related classes and I even joined the Woodsmen's team (if you don't know what that is, think competitive lumber-jacking). However, I never imagined I would end up homesteading, living on a farm full of children and animals!

Don't get me wrong, I am loving all of these new experiences. Learning how to do more and more for ourselves is very empowering and an amazing way to raise our kids. I have never worked so hard and felt happy about it before. 

As amazing as it can be, it can be really horrible sometimes too (freezing and high wind weather, mud, manure manure manure, etc.) I wanted to share a list of things I never thought I would do.  So here goes:

Unexpected Happenings In My Life

  • Learning to hot water bath can
  • Learning to pressure can
  • Owning farm animals
  • Liking cats (our 3 barn cats are pretty awesome. They are all very sweet and good hunters.)
  • Confidently butcher chickens (after doing 20 this past weekend, I am feeling very confident in that skill just now)
  • Knowing exactly where the meat on my plate came from and being, not just comfortable, but happy with that
  • Making huge pots of things like stock (and then pressure canning it)
  • Loving coffee so much
  • Dealing with food allergies
  • Learning so much about the chemistry of cooking
  • Driving a tractor
  • Driving a minivan for that matter ;)
  • Being married to a man who knows how to do so much (I always knew I would marry an amazing guy, I had no inkling of how amazing)
  • Learning to sew and loving it
  • Learning to spin wool
  • Learning to use power tools
  • Being able to start a fire almost easily
  • Having three amazing children
  • Learning to be so brave and try so many new things
  • Baking All. The. Time.
  • Loving a dog 
  • Loving donkeys
  • Making egg nog from scratch
  • Finding so many great friends
  • Living off the grid
  • Becoming a farmer
  • Being a member of PTA
  • Owning two enameled roasting pans and using them often
  • Greeting just born animals to our farm
  • Dealing with animal illnesses, injuries and sometimes deaths
  • Learning to put food up for winter

That is all I can think of for now. Maybe in a year I will write another list, something new happens everyday around here...

Posted on January 13, 2014 .

A busy morning on Bubbaloo Farm

As is normal in life, whenever you think you are going to have a quiet day to get caught up after a holiday and take the kids to the zoo, something throws you a curve ball.  A quick trip around the farm to feed all the animals turned into an exciting adventure and another item I can cross off my bucket list. 

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It is amazing how nature has it all figured out if we just sit back and watch.  This is our first experience with pregnant cows, and with so much worry about our own inexperience, mamma cow handled it like a pro.

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I personally think she resembles Anna more than me but you all can be the judge hehehe.  Our first heifer calf.  Four legs, two ears, a nose and a mouth, I think she is perfect!!

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Within 20 minutes she was up and searching for a swollen udder.  

We were expecting spring calves when we got the cows but I guess we were a bit misinformed.  With three more cows ready to pop it should be interesting to see how the next couple of weeks of cold weather go!!  

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and I wish you all the very best for the new year!!!

Dave Kirkwood

Posted on December 29, 2013 .

Simple things in life.

It is a proud day today on Bubbaloo Farm today.  We have a new addition to bring some of the traditional flavors that are so lacking from the fast paced food of today.  The pigs did not like to see the completed installation of our new home built smoker.  After a trial run to test for temperature and smoke distribution, we have gotten about 40lbs of hams and pork bellies into the fridge to thaw so we can start the curing process.   

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A long bath in a brine, cured in the smoke,  I am going to be one happy boy.  As long as all goes well,  another 60 or so pounds to be done afterwards, and five more pigs to be butchered an another couple weeks.  If anyone is interested we have 2 pigs left to be sold and are making up our minds if we should get December pigs.  We have received our application from the USDA to become certified as an exempt slaughter and processing facility so with a little luck we will have complete control over the best tasting, healthiest meat in western NewYork!!  Here's to enjoying the simple things in life.

Dave Kirkwood

 

Posted on December 3, 2013 .

Winter is here

It is mornings like these that I look forward to all summer long,  the air is so incredibly crisp and clear (and 11 degrees),  there is not the slightest breeze to chill your bones, and when the sun peaks over the horizon everything glistens like a fairy tale.

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To add on top of it the absolute joy when everything starts, runs, and thaws just the way it was supposed to!!  The chickens go out and scratch in the snow enjoying the sun, while the guinea's, well I guess they just squawk like any other day.  The Cow fencing is finally complete so the cows could enjoy the shelter of the barn during the snow, which conveniently covered most of my projects with a 6 inch cloak of invisibility and makes things seem far less busy.  

 

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Posted on November 30, 2013 .

Eggs, eggs, eggs

The chickens have become very productive layers over the last month. We are getting around 14 eggs every day! 

A rainbow assortment.

A rainbow assortment.

I just learned about a new egg cooking technique and it is awesome for fresh eggs so I took a couple of pictures of it so I could share with you! 

Have you ever hard boiled fresh eggs before? The shells stick to the whites and you end up having to throw a lot of egg away. Not anymore, you can steam them and the shells come right off! Steaming takes a little longer than boiling but the results totally make up for the time difference.

 

Fresh, clean eggs.

Fresh, clean eggs.

First I put water in a pot and put it on to boil. Then I washed any eggs that needed it. Washing eggs is steeped in controversy I have learned, but sometimes an egg needs a little wipe down. I chill all our eggs in the fridge and then use hot water on cold eggs and a Scotch Brite pad on any spots that need to be removed (chickens are not always the cleanest creatures). Once the water was boiling I put my steam basket on, put the lid on and set my timer for 30 minutes. When the thirty minutes was up I moved all of the eggs to an ice water bath and then peeled away. That's it! Simple, neat and tidy. 

The came out perfectly cooked!

The came out perfectly cooked!

I made egg salad for lunch. I use mayo and brown mustard to make mine, that way it tastes like deviled eggs. :) What do you like in your egg salad? 

Posted on November 25, 2013 .