Saturday, September 25, 2010

Almost Nothing is Kosher

After watching this terrific presentation by Christen Meindertsma on the ubiquity of pig parts, you will forgive yourself for ever thinking that the sole function of a pig in the food chain is to provide pork chops and bacon.It also caused me to realize yet again that although industrial agriculture is lousy at producing meat that tastes great, there is no way it can be accused of not being nose-to-tail.

I probably do not need to add that Ms. Meindertsma is very easy on the eyes.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How To Make Chocolate Covered Bacon

Making this junk is a no-brainer. Understanding why you would make it will turn your life around.

Smoked Pork Butt

Not bad for a first attempt. Not bad at all.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chocolate Covered Bacon?

I don't consider myself to be a food prude, but when I run across stuff like chocolate covered bacon my reaction makes me think that I might need to lighten up a bit. This stuff looks like pure junk.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


Photo by Debra Richardson
From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
    Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
    To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Salt Cured Ham

This is from a Berkshire hog. It was cured in salt only and aged for 12 months and two weeks. I took it down today. It lost 2.3kg of water or 27% of its initial weight during the aging process.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Brand awareness

We decided to begin branding our hams with the Hendricks Farms and Dairy brand.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010