Deer in a Can

I can’t believe that we are into December already.  I swear that we just finished up the turkey a few days ago!  I really love Thanksgiving – 3 days of leftovers and no cooking!!  I hope everybody had a wonderful turkey day.  We had lots of good food and a little bit of down time.  The next day was spent putting up our tree and hanging the stockings with care.  We don’t do Black Friday.  Why would anyone want to start such a wonderful season with all that pushing, hurrying, and downright crankiness?!

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Tis’ the season for new adventures…..

I decided to go deer hunting for the first time with my husband.  Not exactly a glamorous date.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to sit still and not talk for that long?!  Not to mention, who really likes to get dressed up like a big orange marshmallow!?!  It wasn’t all bad, because I found myself out there again the next day!001

We didn’t get anything that time, but he did get his first deer this year.  Yay!  Not that I’m happy about ending a deer’s life.  But I am grateful for the wonderful meat that is now filling our freezer and I understand that this is how things work.   I would like to say that I’d have been able to pull the trigger if I had a clean shot.  Who knows though.  I still get sad at the thought of butchering the ducks!

009    The whole process of skinning, gutting, butchering, and processing the meat took us 4 days.  I shouldn’t complain too much.  Todd did all the really yucky work.  I got to turn the meat into hamburger011 and vacuum pack everything.  And we found out that chickens and guineas really, really like raw deer meat.  We got fed and so did the animals.  The whole experience made us feel very self-sufficient.  It’s definitely a good feeling!

 

Speaking of self-sufficiency… I finally finished canning all of our pumpkins.  And sweet potatoes.  28 pie pumpkins and 25 pounds of sweet taters.  Kind of killed my pumpkin cravings for now.  I spent 99 cents on each of the pumpkins and was able to get 2 quarts of pumpkin from each one.  I figure a 15 oz can of pumpkin costs almost $2 at the store.  That would be 4 cans of pumpkin for $1.  No BPA in the can linings and I’m guaranteed it’s all pure pumpkin.  It tastes so much better than a store bought can.  Plus we had a ton of pumpkin seeds that we roasted for snacking on and the animals were more than happy to take care of the guts and rinds.  The sweet potatoes were on sale for 17 cents per pound.  I think I got 12 quarts out of them.  It might be easier to pick up a can at the store, but I enjoy being able to can and store food.  Hopefully it will be food that we have grown ourselves next time!

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We were able to spend some time outside soaking up the sun the past few days.  The chickens came out in the yard to play and forage.  It’s all good!!  I love the farming life!!  The simple little things like watching a chicken scratch in the dirt and come running to you like you are the greatest thing in the world.  I heart chickens!

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OH, in case you were wondering about the post title.. Lexie asked me what the post was about and I told her deer and canning.  Deer in a can.  She started laughing and begged me to make it my title.  So who am I to say no?  Maybe somebody else will get a little chuckle out of it too!  I didn’t actually put any deer in a can.  I tried, but it just wouldn’t fit!

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