Sunday 29 August 2021

Ramesses wrecks the henhouses


Ramesses, our latest goat kid, is growing remarkably quickly. This video was filmed a month ago. He had taken a shine to jumping on the henhouses. The bigger and heavier he got, the more damage was done. One of the henhouses ended up with a smashed up roof!

Gooseberry, blackcurrant and apple jelly


14 jars of gooseberry, blackcurrant and apple jelly came off the self-sufficiency production line this morning. Sone of the jars will be swapped, some will be sold at craft fairs, the rest will be used by us.

Friday 27 August 2021

Jam production line


Coming off the self-sufficiency production line today: gooseberry jam.

Friday 20 August 2021

More chicks


5 chicks have hatched in one of our incubators over the last 24 hours. They were timed to hatch when one of our hens had been brooding some plastic eggs in the hedge on our livestock allotment and had done her 21 days. I'm pleased to report that the hen has now adopted the chicks.

Thursday 19 August 2021

Making brawn


The pigs went to slaughter a couple of weeks ago. We then had five pig heads to use. We made one into brawn,

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Dolly back from the vet


Just back from the vet where Dolly had the cast removed from her leg. She is well and walking properly. (Above photos before the cast was removed, below afterwards.)

Monday 9 August 2021

The pork arrives

 Pigs were back from the abattoir last week. Here are a few pics of what is now in the freezer.

Making brawn


As I write this post, I have on the cooker a large pan containing a pig's head and vegetables for a stock. I'm making brawn - a useful way to ensure none of the meat on a pig's head (and there is a great deal of meat!) is wasted.

Rendering fat


We found a large bag of unprocessed pig fat in one of our freezers last week. We urgently needed the freezer space to accommodate the pig and offal that had just come back from the abattoir so the fat was removed from the freezer. I'm rendering it this morning.

Cherry and gooseberry ketchup


I made cherry and gooseberry ketchup recently. It is a by-product of a jelly I made so making the ketchup was a useful way to reduce waste (it is made from a fruit puree extracted from the cherry and gooseberry pulp).

Fruit purees can be extracted from other pulps. In one of my freezers I have some plum puree from last year which I'm going to make into ketchup as well.