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Something New for Us

January 3rd, 2014 at 09:23 am

Yesterday DH and I put 6.75 pounds of rabbit meat through our new electric meat grinder.

It worked great and the results were very nice. It looks sort of like ground pork, but not as fatty. DH cooked up some of it for cheeseburgers for dinner last night using his new 17 inch cast iron pan (which I can't even lift by myself). It was fantastic. I never dreamed rabbit burger would be so good. I guess I should have because it is great every other way we've tried it. So we now have a ground beef substitute. Although we will continue to use beef on occasion the organic, sustainably raised stuff has gotten to be $7 a pound.

We've got four more that need to be cut up. I am planning three of them for mostly grinding to burger and one to do up for stir-fry meat. We'll be boiling the bones for stock and canning up some soup with the meat that falls off the bones and the resulting broth.

We also have 8 more that have hit the 5 pound mark that need to be taken care of. We will probably do them this weekend, since it is supposed to be clear.

I've been learning to cook on cast iron. We pulled the 3 pans we were given as a wedding present out of storage and have seasoned them and started using them. We've had one pan too many flake their Teflon off. Even the nicer pans are looking worse for wear, except for the stainless steel ones. The cast iron is working great. It is truly non-stick. I love using it. I just wish it weren't so heavy. I need to eventually get a 12 inch skillet. I am already planning on getting the Dutch oven for my upcoming birthday in February. Maybe I'll get both.

I need to start posting my menu plans again. We have actually done very well. We've only gotten take out once as a family since DH came home on the 19th. DH and I did get Subway one day while we were picking up feed and didn't have the kids with us. Ouch. For the two of us it was just under $25. Although my sandwich gave me two meals, I did not realize they had gotten so pricey.

I can't eat the cheap stuff anymore though. The last time I had McD's I got sick. The last time I had Arby's (with a coupon) I got sick. I think it is because my diet is normally so free of high fructose corn syrup, which they both use in their buns, that I can't tolerate it anymore. In a way it's good I guess, because I'm not spending so much money on that kind of food and am more willing to cook at home. I have better uses for the money, too.

5 Responses to “Something New for Us”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    All your work to provide healthily for your family is inspiring. You should feel really good about it.

  2. klarose Says:

    Wowy! We split an organic grass fed cow with a friend every year. And I think we pay something like $2 a pound!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, Joan. I do. Smile
    Klarose--A whole or half an organic grass fed cow here is $3 to $3.50 per pound hanging weight, plus cut and wrap fees. One farm sells it parceled out though, so we can get just the cuts we want until we can afford a half or a whole and have a freezer that can handle that much meat. That is usually just hamburger and chuck roasts, the cheaper items they have.

  4. Kiki Says:

    I have found cast iron pans at the local thrift store for cheap. I gave it a good strubbing with an sos pad and then reseasoned it, works like a dream!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, Kiki. I will definitely check out Good Will to see if they have any the size we want.

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