Everyone who cares knows what they are paying for the food Prices were increasing. Covid-related lockdowns and rules have caused massive disruptions in Suppliers. The Biden administration, like others before it, You will do anything that puts the big Big Ag companies ahead of the small farmers. Which leaves us paying higher prices for less for excellent food.
The only thing that is about to go up is cooking oil.
Did you know that food production itself is under attack?
What may not be apparent to the average consumer is that food production itself has been attacked in various ways. Legislation is being worked on that will make things extremely difficult for meat producers. Colorado PAUSE Act (Initiative 16), one of the strangest legislation I have ever seen, requires animal producers to allow their animals to live to at least 25% of their normal life before slaughter.
K Poultry producer myselfI must let my birds live for two years before slaughtering. Have you ever eaten a two-year-old chicken? They are delicious in soups but hard to roast. And the cost will be enormous due to the amount of feed. Supporters of the bill say it is simply trying to make animal husbandry more humane. The truth is that it would become economically unfeasible to produce meat in Colorado.
It is more important than ever to have control over your food and financial resources
as such Daisy saysNutritional forces that try not to conserve natural resources, but to control them. We need to do what we can to keep as much control as possible of our kitchens, our food sources, and our money. We also need to make sure that we use the food we have in the most effective way possible.
Cooking oil Specifically it is about to get a little more expensive due to Green Energy Policies. Put simply, using renewable energy sources means using vegetable oil to make biofuels and other “clean” fuels. So we will burn the materials that we can eat, which will cause the prices to go up even more. Unfortunately, we have very little control over what goes on in Washington when it comes to green energy.
Sources of cooking oil are worth taking a closer look
Sources of cooking oil, especially animal fats, are often wasted. These days, home economics is more important than ever. It has raised and preserved fat from pigs, cows, goats, and lamb. When I lived in Texas, I used to shop in Food Town. Food Town regularly includes chunks of lard wrapped in the meat section. I took it home to make it myself. It’s not complicated, but it takes a long time.
Serving consists of cutting the meat into small pieces and adding a little water to the pan to avoid sticking at first and thawing over a very low temperature. I have always used cast iron because it heats up evenly. Once everything is thawed (usually after 8 to 10 hours), pour the liquid through the portafilter to bring out the solids and let it cool. The solids, also called beef or pork chips, are either delicious on their own or put into a soup.
What if I don’t raise my meat or have a neighbor to buy it from?
I rarely buy meat in the store these days. Either we raise our meat ourselves or buy it from friends. However, this is not realistic for most people, and if you live in an urban or suburban environment, the best thing you can do is to buy half or a quarter of a cow at a time. You can get pork, goat, or lamb as well, but beef is usually the cheapest.
Most of the people on this webpage understand the importance of saving food. However, over time, I really think it will be more important than ever for city dwellers to have personal relationships with local food suppliers. Sites like Eat Wild They can direct you towards membership service providers and specialists in your area. You can also find a dedicated meat processor in your area and ask about buying a side of beef. If you don’t get to get the specialty meats, it’s usually an excellent bargain.
It took me a while to learn the different cuts of meat in each animal. Many cuts of meat contain a large amount of fat. You can cut and serve as needed. If you bought a pig, you can ask the butcher to separate the leaf grease. Leaf grease is a snowy lard suitable for pastry, and it only comes from a specific part of the pig. However, any fats can be served and used.
Here are some tips to help you make fats and use them in your cooking
Fat from cattle, goats, and sheep is called tallow and is much stronger. I used lard from beef to cut pastries for meat pies because the flavors go together so well. The tallow from goats and sheep has a strong flavor that tends to overpower other foods. However, it is still suitable for browning meat or greasing pans when cooking something salty. The filtered grease or grease is kept for a month or so in the refrigerator (depending on how well it filters). Otherwise, you can freeze it.
This is not a gourmet cooking oil, but it is a good alternative to things like canola or cresco oil. You know, inexpensive oils are about to get pretty cheap. (Aka, the foods we used to take for granted.) Here are some pictures of fat that I gave from one of my lambs. In the first two forms, yYou can see that it is a very solid structure, even at room temperature. The third photo shows how I filter it. I simply put a coffee filter on the jar with a screw tape and poured it out slowly. It can get a little messy, but it works well. This grease stayed in my fridge for about two months because the filter removed most of the impurities.
If you cooked the fat roasting, you can let the liquid cool down, remove some of the fat, melt the fat itself, and then filter it. These fats don’t last long in the refrigerator, but they are suitable for roasting meat or vegetables. It also makes a nutritious snack for dogs and chicken.
You can use fats for all kinds of things. For those who work outside in cold weather, fats are an essential part of our diet. As William Cobbett said in his classic book on self-sufficiency Cottage economyYour bacon falls … will do ten thousand times more than any Parson Method … to make you happy, not just in this world but in the world to come. ‘
Are you doing what you can to become more self-sufficient when it comes to food?
I honestly believe in it Produce your food It became more important than ever. But we also need to use what we already have wisely. paying off This article is about the use of the entire animal For more ideas.
What did you do to raise your food production level? Do you have any tips to share about using some of the most often lost nutrients? Is there anything you would like to learn about how to do that will help you become more self-sufficient? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Organic Prepper
Joanna has been homeschooling three children since 2012. In 2014, she moved to High Plains, Colorado. She and her children started out on a small farm, gardening and raising chickens for eggs and meat. One animal drove to another, and these days they have cattle guard dogs, chickens, geese, ducks, alpacas, goats, pigs, and a very pampered cat.