Sunday, March 11, 2018


The Farmer awoke to this awful sight.
Something must be done!
Winter is such a desolate time on the farm.

So Mumm's sprouting seeds to the rescue.
Mumm's uses non gmo organic un treated seed.
The Farmer has chosen broccoli seed this time.

 This is so simple.
 Even in The Farmer's aggravated state it can be done.
A wide mouth canning jar, a piece of screen, an elastic band,
a table spoon and a pack of seed are all you need.

Just dump them into the jar and add water.
6 to 8 hours soaking does the trick.

Once they have been soaked and drained they will begin to germinate.
The Farmer rinses them twice a day.
Just fill the jar with warer and invert it for a while to drain.

Day 2

 Day 3

Day 4

 Day 5

Day 6

Day 7 is the magic day.
Pop the screen off the jar.

 The Farmer has saved a plastic container.
The Farmer's Wife had bought sprouts at the grocery store.
At $3 The Farmer thought there must be a cheaper way.
So .......hmmm.......GOOGLE IT!
Voila! Mumm's

They don't look like much until, with the help of a fork they are revealed

 They make an impressive sight when they aren't squeezed into the jar.

 A folded paper towel in the bottom of the container so they dry a bit.
The Farmer wouldn't want them to go slimey.
They won't last long enough for that to happen he is sure.

Top on and into the refrigerator.
The Farmer is now a winter time counter top farmer.
It's so nice to see green. Isn't it?

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Outstanding Sausage

The Farmer's Second Born wanted to make sausage.
The odessy begins with these ingredients.
Pork shoulder and loin.
Vidalia onion
Salt and pepper

The Power Chopper came with The Farmers first electric pressure cooker.
The Power XL died one day after the warranty expired.
The chopper lives on.
The Instant Pot is a much nicer cooker but thats a story for another day.

This took less than 30 seconds WOW!

Gotta get cutting.

Lots of cutting.

Seasoning before the grinding is the trick to an even mix.

The Farmer has a cheap Canadian Tire grinder.
The pieces need to be small enough to fit the through the throat.
An even mix of the pork, bacon, onion, salt and pepper is achieved.

Now we smear the garlic, apple and mushroom over the mix and fold it in.

The Farmers Second Born douses the mix liberally with Bourbon.
Love the action shot!

Now thats a meat ball!!!!
Into the fridge it goes while we clean up the mess.

The Farmer always fries up a few sliders to taste the mix.
He wouldn't want to stuff 40 sausages and find they are lacking in some way.
These were fantastic by the way.

Filling the stuffer's pot is done a bit at a time.
You try to avoid air pockets so it stuffs smoothly.

So thats it 15+ pounds of sausage meat ready to go.

The casing can be purchased at your local butcher.
This was $6 at Country Corner Deli.

The Farmer's Second Born takes control of the crank.

Half way through, the swicheroo.

Nice links MMMMMM.

 This was the first time for this recipe.
It's a keeper.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sun Dried Tomatoes (Sun Free)

Dehydrator Dried Tomatoes
It just doesn't sound as good as 
Sun Dried Tomatoes

Any way here we go.
The Farmer is quite pleased with the tomato harvest this year.
Lots of freezer bags full put away for winter sauces and soups.
Now for the dried stuff.

The Farmer was out early picking.

He set the dehydrator to preheat

It took a while to slice up nine trays of tomatoes and salt them up.

Having parchment paper down was to stop dripping.
The salting was done on the cutting board so the parchment is nice and clean.
Pink Himalayan salt for those who care to know.

So here they go into the artificial sunlight to dry.
There are nine shelves but getting them all in view was to precarious.
The Farmer didn't want any falling to the ground.

Time to take a peek.

Wow almost three hours for that?
The Farmer isn't pleased with the parchment idea.
There is way to much moisture being held in place.
He won't be using that next time.

 The Farmer checked a few times in the evening and found little change.
Somewhat upsetting.
Hydro One is gonna be happy though.
The Farmer checked again just before bed and saw some progress.
He did feel somewhat defeated as he dozed off.
Morning came with the excitement of a child at 
Christmas/Eid/Hanukkah (alphabetically correct order here)
His excitement was short lived though.
The Farmer had forgotten to reset the timer on Excalibur before retiring.
Everything was cold and wet still.
This was not a photo op.
 hence no photo.

After another two hours The Farmer was able to peel the slices free of the parchment.
Four hours later the booty was piled high on The Farmers counter.
Much happier times.

The Farmers Wife spread them all out and sorted the odd little ones.
She asked to have them ground for her evening popcorn.

So The Farmer broke out the trusty little coffee grinder and did as requested.
A happy Farmers wife = a happy Farmer
Some of the slices saved in a paper bag in the herb cupboard.
The rest vaccume sealed and into the deep freeze.

The Farmer hopes you enjoyed the post and found it somewhat enlightening

Thursday, August 24, 2017

How To Make Beef Jerky

So you want to know how to make beef jerky?
Let The Farmer show you how easy it is.
First things first.
Log in to Amazon and order a dehydrator.
The Farmer bought this one.
Now wait and wait and wait.
Actualy it didn't take to long.

 Unpack carefully
The box has a little crease but all in all it looks good.

Little wrinkle on the bottom of the inner box.

Looks good so far


 Once The Farmer calmed down he removd the jammed trays.
The body of the unit is bowed a bit but not enough for the trays to slip out.
So ahead we go.

This will be the chosen spot for the inaugural run.

 The controls are intact so all is well.

 The chosen cut is inside round.
The farmer used his knife skills to filet away most of the fat.

 The portion size is determined and the slicing begins.

 Cutting a consistent size is a bit tricky but
The Farmer is no stranger to cutting meat.

First batch is to be done with a dry rub.
Himalayan pink salt, Frank's dry seasoning, 
The Farmer's own organic chilli pepper powder.
Garlic powder and smoked paprika.
Nothing measured here just wing it.

 All stacked up and wrapped up now into the fridge.

Next is a wet marinade.
Worchestershire sauce, Garden coctail,
The Farmers organic chilli pepper powder,
Himalayan pink salt and of course Garlic powder.

All bagged up and into the fridge.
Now The Farmer has to wait again.
Ti'll the next morning.

The Farmer wants to make sure the machine is working propperly.
After all it has never been used.
So a meat thermometer is placed on the middle shelf 
to make sure things are what they should be.

 The heater works fine.
It took a while to get to temperature.
It was a cool morning.

 The controlls are easy enough to set.
Old fashiond twist controllers.
No digital display to die on you.
Also cheap to replace if they go.

Now for the meat!

 It fits nicely on the tray and smells amazing

 The wet marinade needed to be drained and wiped off.

Looking good!

 One tray of dry rub and two of the wet marinade.
All ready to dehydrate.

The microwave says its time to go.

 The Farmer thinks he should have bought more meat.

Guess what time it is now.

Time to rotate the trays and check out the progress.
Looking good enough to eat.

Time to do more tending to the lovelies.

The trays turned again and this time The Farmer flipped each piece over.

 The magic number.
Woo Hoo!!!

They look and feel great.
They are bendable not brittle.
They smell fantastic and taste amazing

One last close up.
You can almost taste them can't you?

The Farmer already owns the vacuum sealer.
Thank goodness if not you would be subjected to more Amazon foolishness.