We’ve been really busy, seeding out the melons and squash in the greenhouse as we’re heating it with propane, and it really isn’t sealed up tight enough for economical heating yet. We’re trying to get it emptied out so we can turn off the propane heater before we run out of propane in the 250-gallon propane tank. It’s amazing just how many pumpkins, squash, melons, and peppers we crammed in there! As I remove and clean the seeds from several squash or pumpkins, Will takes them down to the cows. Boy, do they really enjoy the treat! I also feed some to the goats (favorite so far is Theron’s Winter squash) and the chickens (they like Arnie’s Golden Buttercup best). Our friends, Mike and Dara, have also been coming a day or two a week and helping out by filling seed packets and stamping envelopes. Thank God for good friends!
Then David brought home a deer, following hunting season. Of course, he doesn’t have time to process it and Elizabeth is going to school plus caring for Delilah, so he wondered if I could can it up. Yep. I can. It was frozen solid when he brought it, but thank God he skinned it first. To get it quartered, Will and I are cutting it up, frozen, with his battery powered reciprocating saw. Hey, that works slick! First, we cut off the entire rear quarters, then Will cut the quarters in half through the backbone. It took one afternoon and night to mostly thaw out one quarter. It had just enough ice in the meat to make cutting it up very easy. I cut part into stewing meat and part into chunks to grind for hamburger. I’m so happy with our electric meat grinder, which made grinding the chunks a snap. I did mix it with about ¼ fatty hamburger that I bought at our local market. (Our beef hamburger is extra lean so that wouldn’t work!)
Yesterday afternoon, I went ahead and canned up that processed quarter, then ground up the yucky scraps for the animals’ treats. Boy, even though it was mostly silverskin, gristle, and yucky meat, the ground meat looked good enough to eat. I sure won’t be eating it but Spencer, Hondo, Mittens, and Buffy will sure enjoy it. I’m freezing it into Ziplock lunch bags so I can make it last. I don’t want to give them too much at a time or they’ll get the poopies! — Jackie