Today is a great day, for it's the day we go to Kuby's. Kuby's is a delicatessen run by an old family friend. He escaped Germany ahead of the Berlin wall and brought his family to the states. His family had lived in the same small town in Eastern Germany for 500 years, as sausage makers. He has sausage recipes going back to medieval times. A few years back, he added a processing plant to the works, and my husband, who hunts (more on that later) takes his game to them and gets back our yearly meats.
Note for people who are anti-hunting: we use all the meat. And what we don't eat, we donate. The only meats I ever need to buy are chickens and fish, if you consider fish to be meat, which I don't. I consider it fish. :) My husband is also a sharpshooter (no, he has papers and everything!) and takes down whatever he's hunting in one shot. There's no suffering like at, say, every single slaughterhouse in the US. (Which is why I try to never eat meat that's been processed at slaughterhouses.)
Bratwurst, summer sausages, steaks, tenderloins, hams, chops, bacon, breakfast sausages, stew meat, tamales (they hired this fabulous Mexican woman that makes venison tamales. Oh, so good.) Today is load the freezer day up, and I love that day. It makes me feel like I'm Laura Ingalls in the Big Woods when her Pa would load up the smokehouse, and Ma would sit and braid onions until her hands were worn, and Laura and Mary had to sort through the apples to find the bad ones, and everything would go up in the rafters in their little cabin and then they could sit around a roaring fire while the storms blew and listen to Pa's fiddle and know they'd eat that winter.
Here it's the LotR trilogy on the tv instead of a fiddle, and there's no snow nor wolves to mess with the livestock, but we do have some ferocious jack rabbits that pick fights with Darthanne... Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, huh?
In three weeks I get to start carrots and garlic and onions and potatoes in the garden, then a few weeks after that will be cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers. I'm just in my Half-Pint mood today, that's all, dreaming of an epic food storage.