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Yesterday was in the upper 70s. Today it's 26. Welcome to Texas. Don't like the weather? Take a nap. When you wake up, it'll be completely different.

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.


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Jan. 10th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
This wacky Texas weather is the reason I have four seasons of clothes in rotation right now - shorts and a tank top yesterday, sweater and jeans today. Blink and I might be in my gardening gloves and a fetching Summer frock this afternoon! Or a parka.

The German deli sounds fantastic and I love that you have such tight control over your meat (no, really). On a completely skewed Laura Ingalls note, I'm planning to take advantage of the cold snap and make kim chee this afternoon. I need to have it fermenting in the garage for the first week, and it's been much too warm. It's not braiding onions, but it is putting vegetables up, right?
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
THis weather is RIDICULOUS.

Oh, the German Deli is sooooo fabulous. The Mister is getting ideas of his own, as he got a smoker for Giftmas. He's wanting to smoke his own hams and make his own corned beef. Hmmm.

Kim Chee!! Yes, that totally counts! I love carrot kim chee - sweet and sour, yum.
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Jan. 10th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Here we ar5e getting around 8 inches of snow. My garden is all frozen at the moment.

Maybe your husband would like to take down Bambi for me. The amount of deer here is staggering.

So you trade for almost all your meat? That's rather cool.
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
No snow, but we had a wicked ice storm roll through on Monday. Then it hit 70 on Wednesday. ???

We pretty much only eat meat that my husband has killed. He takes the carcasses to the shop and they cure it/process it. Sometimes he does it here at the house, too. Bleh.

My husband would totally take you up on the deer control offer. I bet there are lots of food banks up there that could use meat, too.
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Oooh, porn! Can do!
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Jan. 10th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
True story: I was at a party over the holidays, and of course we were talking about the economy, and how if there's a depression there are totally people who'll be ready for it with supplies to last a year, etc. And I said to the guys I was talking talking to, "They're the ones you want to be with if there's a zombie apocalypse." And they stared blankly at me then changed the subject. That's when I knew they weren't kindred spirits. THE END

::braids your onions::
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHA! Oh, Posh, I love you. That's hilarious. Don't waste your time on these fools! We'll use them as bait to trick the zombies into going away from us, that's what we'll do.

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Jan. 10th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)

I'm rather fascinated by hunting, pampered city girl that I am. How often does your husband go hunting, and how much does he need to kill to keep your family in meat for a year? And what does he hunt?

I'm a meat-eater, but the way animals are slaughtered in this country troubles me. I'm not sure I could ever kill it myself, but I'm still curious.
Jan. 10th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
He goes out about four or five times a year and hunts dove, duck, goose, deer and wild hog. The hogs are feral and very destructive - they kill pets and livestock, so you can hunt them all year round, where as other animals have a season, and limitations on the number of animals you can hunt. It's very regulated.

Three deer, four hogs, scores of dove (then I don't have to buy chicken!) and so far, no duck or geese this year, which is fine by me. They're very fatty. If we have extra meat that we can't use, we give it to my sister or to a local food bank. Meat isn't often donated, so they're always desperate for it.

I was vegetarian for years because of the slaughterhouse conditions here. I don't have issues with meat-eating (obv.) because animals eat other animals, and it's just our eco-system. But I can respect others not liking that idea. IAs long as they respect mine. *g*)
Jan. 10th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Now I have this craving for *real* goulash, and maybe some good wiener schnitzel, and properly made spaetzle, and egg noodles buttered correctly, and...

*flashback to childhood*
Jan. 10th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
OooooOoooh, I've not had proper goulash in I don't know how long!! Mmm, German foods of hearty goodness!
Jan. 10th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Mmm there you go making me hungry again.

75 here, no winds, no ice, no snow, no winter
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Isn't that crazy? That's how we've been for days, and today it's super chilly. Buh?
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Laura with the attic full of pumpkins and squash, the smokehouse packed tight with meat, the pantry full. I loved that in the books, and i totally know the feeling know, when it's cold outside and i have stuff inside and don't have to go anywhere.
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
It's totally that "all's well in the world" feeling of security in your home. <3
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Jan. 10th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm very anti-trophy hunting, but hunting for food? Yes.

Oh, I've seen some pantries too that have looked.... horrible. Fortunately my g-ma and aunt made it look appetizing. :D

Holy crap to that link you posted!! DUDE. That is totally ground zero!
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Jan. 10th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was in the upper 70s. Today it's 26. Welcome to Texas. Don't like the weather? Take a nap. When you wake up, it'll be completely different.

Or a slow blink, if you're feeling impatient.

I've never attempted venison tamales, I may look into since I have both venison and masa. And some venison sausage. Hmmm...

As the late Kurt Cobain sang, 'It's okay to eat fish, 'cause they don't have any feelings.'
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
The venison tamales were delish - they also had chiles and black beans mixed in with the shredded meat. YUM.
Jan. 10th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, if your hubby comes across quail eggs in his epic hunts, let me know. I had the BEST pickled quail egg recipe given to me over the holidays. My aunt and uncle survived for years on what he could kill on their land, so I totally agree with you there. In fact, the last time I was there I had the very best venison sausage and he is supposed to get me the recipe for it. And we will be raising a hog out at their place this year.

I am in the midst of my annual re-read of the LHOTP books and totally relate to your analogy....
Jan. 10th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd be too tender to take the eggs. I'm weird. Now, farm raised eggs (gathered from the fields, I'd assume?) I'd do.

Most of my dad's family were farmers - they grew their own food and slaughtered animals for their meat. It's tough living, but it made them all very appreciative and respectful of the natural balance of things. When you just go to the store and pick up packages, you lose touch with what you're doing, imo.
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Jan. 10th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
OooooOOooooh, Alaskan salmon. When I worked in the Tetons, we had a fisher that would take breaks from the park and go fish up in Alaska and bring it back to share. Damn, that's some fine eating there. I've not had any since.

I bet that's a lot of work! Fish isn't easy to work with, unless you don't mind wasting lots and lots.
Jan. 11th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Yesterday was in the upper 70s. Today it's 26. Welcome to Texas. Don't like the weather? Take a nap. When you wake up, it'll be completely different.

Word. Phoenix is exactly the same. My car's windows were frozen in the morning and I was ready for shorts and tee by the mid afternoon. Fuck nuttery.

I enjoyed this post. Pa fiddlin' at the fire. Hehe.
Jan. 11th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Your posts about mass food storage are fascinating. I suppose there are some folk in the highlands of Scotland or in the depths of rural England and Wales that store food in this way but not on the scale you do it over there. Jam and chutney making are my limits. Somehow, I feel inadequate. I guess the zombies would starve me out very quickly :(
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I adore going to Kuby's and go whenever possible. Unfortunately it tends to be for brunch and I have yet to try their dinner menu.

I do however love the fact that I can shop for some much needed spices that tend to be hard to find anywhere else. And the metzgerei...heaven.
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