Entries in Pastured Poultry (73)

Wednesday
Jul132011

Cooking our first Chicken

My tried and true method for cooking a whole chicken, oven roasting, is what I chose for the first of our self-processed chickens.  Since the bird was about half the size of the store-bought chickens, I halved the cooktime to an hour so as not to dry out the meat.  As I checked the chicken though, I could tell it was done in just about 40 minutes.  The meat was easily cut off and the whole family agreed that the chicken had a great flavor.  Slightly more firm than the store-bought, full of flavor and juicy.  With the smaller size, our portions were smaller than store bought, but with some great sides, it's a justifiable balance.  We are definitely looking forward to cooking more of our chickens.  Knowing how they lived and were processed gives me a certain confidence in knowing my family is eating well.  When my daughter asked for thirds, I was very glad to know she was getting such a high quality meat to nourish her body.

Wanting to utilize the whole chicken, I made stock from the Nourishing Traditions recipe.   We now have some awesome chicken stock for future meals.  Stock from these chickens is much more robust, rich and healthy.  Continued nourishment for the family!

Monday
Jun272011

Appreciating Where Food Comes From

It wasn't long ago that I bought, with trepidation, my first whole chicken.  Prior to that, breasts and tenders were the mainstay of our chicken intake.  You can imagine then, what a leap it is for me to take a chicken from farm to fridge.  As Jeff posted in Farm Visits, we recently visited a local farm to process chickens.  It was with a bit of hesitation that I went.  Even though I had watched chicken processing videos online, I didn't know what to expect in real life.  I didn't know what would be expected of me and I didn't know how I would feel being a part of the process.  Honestly, I was uncomfortable.  Buying chickens at the local grocery store is much more comfortable.  However, that doesn't ensure the chickens led a healthy life nor a natural one (I've seen those videos, too).  My comfort with the process takes a serious backseat to the chicken's quality of life.  I would rather be a part of the process and be able to fully appreciate where my food is coming from, than to cheerily buy the prewrapped chickens from the store.  So, since I choose to eat chicken, I was glad for the opportunity to be a part of the process of taking a chicken from farm to fridge.  If you also choose to eat chicken, I heartily suggest that you search out a local farm and offer to help on processing day.

 

 

Thursday
Jun162011

Welcome to Kansas City's Newest Sustainable Farm

Howdy! Synergistic Acres is a new farm located near Kansas City that specializes in raising grass fed beef, pastured poultry, and free foraging pork -- or shall I say -- will focus on providing these to people around Kansas City.  That's because right now, Synergistic Acres is a farm not yet realized for the Hamons family.

We are in the process of wrapping up our comfortable suburban lifestyle and moving someplace where we can focus our attention on growing great nutritious and delicious food and sharing it with others.  This will be a major life change for our entire family as we learn how to be self-sufficient and wonderful shepherds of the land.  

Our ideas of what it means to be a farmer may be a little out of the ordinary.  We plan to raise pork, beef, and chicken on a relatively small amount of land by mimicking nature.  Through honoring the animals instincts and capitalizing on the natural systems already present in nature, we intend to harvest food while improving the land.  We will then deliver food directly to local families -- making the trip from pasture to plate as clean and short as possible.  

This is where the name Synergistic Acres comes from.  A synergistic relationship happens when the interaction of elements combine to produce total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.  In this case, by following natures model and using ruminates (cows), poultry (chickens) and foragers (pigs), we will be able to create a sustainable system of production on our farm.  In addition, synergy is created as local and sustainable food is grown and consumed.

This blog will chronicle our journey through this transition. We will share the good with the bad and the funny with the serious -- all with the hope that you will feel more connected with the food you eat each day.

 


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