Field Notes / Recipes

Rendering Pork Back Fat - Silky White Porcine Luxury

Rendering Pork Back Fat - Silky White Porcine Luxury

There are a lot of things we have learned in our short time owning a little farm. Some are dramatic (cows trying to leap fences) while some are so subtle and so simple and yet provide tremendous joy.

One such item is lard

Michael Smith
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Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

Recipe - Smoked Chuck Roast Sandwiches

I may be wrong but I don't think people buy chuck roasts as much as the old days. Maybe they do but I do know this, when you buy a share of beef, you will definitely get some chuck roasts as part of the cuts package. You can make a good pot roast that will stick to your ribs of course, or you can do it this way, which is my preferred method.  
Michael Smith
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Recipe - Pancetta, Italian-Style Bacon

Recipe - Pancetta, Italian-Style Bacon

I have made “American-style” bacon, pastrami, guanciale, corned beef, jerky, and a few other items that now fill our freezer. In most cases I have found that you can definitely save money by doing it yourself, but it certainly takes time and effort.

Now that you have your own pork belly, we should talk about one of my absolute favorites, pancetta. 

Michael Smith
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Recipe - Home Cured Bacon

Recipe - Home Cured Bacon

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. -Thomas Jefferson

I have purchased all kinds of bacon over the years. From the thin, slimy stuff, to thick-cut, “artisanal” bacon, and now my very own.

Michael Smith
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Recipe - Beef Stock

Recipe - Beef Stock

One of the staples of the pantry should be beef and chicken stock and since you probably received a bunch of bones from the beef you committed to this year, you should be able to make a lot of it and store in restaurant-style take out containers for the fridge, ziplock bags laid flat in the freezer (not the best) or pressure canned for your larder. 
Michael Smith
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Recipe - Chicken Stock

Recipe - Chicken Stock

In addition to making beef stock, you should ALWAYS have chicken stock on hand.  Whether you raise your own meat birds or even grab a rotisserie from your local grocer, keep the bones and make your own stock! You will love it!
Michael Smith
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Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Here are three super easy, super quick, relatively painless, and somewhat unique ways to make fajitas with your skirt, hanger, flank, or sirloin steaks!

For all - 2 lbs skirt, flank or sirloin

Michael Smith
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Recipe - Hamburger Steak

Recipe - Hamburger Steak

People ask us all the time "what else can I make with all of this delicious ground beef?"  I mean, we LOVE cheeseburgers and spaghetti sauce but how about mixing it up?  

We do just that and it has become a regular on rotation at the Smith house.

Michael Smith
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