It’s been a busy one.
Canning, butchering, more canning…
The tomato shelf looks amazing, with jars and jars of sauce.
All the white turkeys have gone to Freezer Camp.
And I put a bunch of them into jars too for quick meals.
Today I’m finishing up ducks and duck stock.
We’re now at our winter numbers for birds.
Have to say, I’m glad bird butchering is done, and we didn’t do anywhere near what we’ve done the past few years.
But tomorrow is the big butchering day.
Tomorrow we get our pig.
This year all we’re doing for “fancy” or retail cuts is loin chops, the tenderloin, bacon (because why have pig if no bacon??), and ground.
No roasts, no stew, just grind the rest.
And bone broth.
Because I love me some bone broth, so I’ll be making can canning much pork bone broth.
Might make sausages, but truthfully, we tend to eat a lot of crockpot meals with ground meats throughout the winter, so ground is going to be better for us. Especially with all the tomato sauce I have jarred. 😉
And the duck coop/greenhouse will be finished today.
Hubby and The Kid are putting the roof sheathing and metal on today, and then, the birds can move in…
Then it’s just a deep clean of the chicken coop, move Lenny and Karl’s coop to the garage (after we get our hay delivery, because 6 bales go straight in for spring/next year) and get next year’s garlic planted.
We heard from our Hay Guy yesterday and have delivery set up in a couple weeks…mares are still nommin on long pasture, and I have a line on a few round bales, so if we get short before our Guy can get to us, I’ll grab a couple rounds and put one out.
Got straw home for the birds, with a chance for another dozen small bales for winter.
Tomorrow I’ll make arrangements for rounds of straw for the mares, since we get rounds from the same farm as we get our piggie.
And that’s where we’re at…
Busy, getting ready as we can for stupid winter.
But, here’s a cute picture of Lenny and Karl (our incubator ducklings) for ya: