Processing poultry: a step-by-step guide

Author: Tim McAuliffe There are a multitude of ways to dispatch a bird.  But they all usually revolve around some sort of quick kill, bleeding them out, plucking and gutting.  I’ve read about methods that use a metal rod, an ax, cutting the nerve under the throat, etc.  I prefer the following, but no one…

I kill the chickens

(written by Tim McAuliffe) I kill the chickens. Well, that’s not entirely accurate; I kill all the poultry. Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys.  Johanna does not kill them.  She has come close at times, coming so far as to lift the old heavy cleaver high above her head and swiftly bring it down toward the extended neck,…

Kastenbrot: a German rye-based sourdough bread

If you have never baked bread before, this is a great recipe to start with. It’s easy, healthy and delicious and the best is, you don’t even have to get your hands dirty! I have lived in the US for close to two decades now, and the one thing that I have missed all this…

Making syrup from your own trees

Not many people know that you can make syrup from trees other than the sugar maple. The reason why the sugar maple is so commonly used for syrup is because its sap has the highest sugar content and therefore takes less time to reduce. But if you’re looking to taste something truly special, try experimenting…

How it all began…

I could get into a political discussion, or complain about the irresponsible ways in which our Western society raises food, about population growth and the effect it has on the environment, but while all these reasons played a role in the decision to raise our own food, what really inspired us to take the first…