Saturday, December 31, 2011
This morning I discovered something that I have never seen before. It truly was the strangest thing. The kids and I decided that we were hungry for some fresh pumpkin muffins, so we chose our "bumpy" pumpkin (it is a Super Freak) that we got from my sister, seeing as all our pumpkins didn't do much this year. I went to cut it open to bake it and.... saw the strangest thing.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
No, I did not put a real bee in the freezer. Our roo, Bumblebee, met the butcher block today. He had taken on a bit of an attitude and seemed to enjoy attacking all members of our family. Time to do with him what was intended from the start. I have to admitt that I had never butchered a chicken before. Scott has done a lot of ducks and turkeys over the years, but he was heading out for the late doe only season with his brother, so I tackeled this one alone. What a process! I do hope that it will get easier with practice and with a future chicken plucker (to be built next summer). I started hand plucking (we have been saving feathers for my mom and her craftiness), then just decided to skin him. Personally I don't like to eat chicken skin, but Scott does. I guess I win this time, I just went for quick. Now he is resting comfortably in the freezer until we decide to have him for supper. I didn't weigh him, but he was good sized. Next spring we are thinking about getting a bunch of meat chicks. We shall see how things goes, but I really like the idea of raising and hunting our own meat.