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Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:21:14 pm »

It's been neat making different stuff at home.

Cleaning a carcass for grinding:



Adding seasoning to mix into the ground bird:



So far we've ground up two turkeys and made 5 pounds of breakfast sausage mix, 4 pounds of sweet Italian sausage mix and 10 pounds of straight ground turkey.

I home smoked a bird last Tuesday and we turned that into a classic turkey and stuffing meal as well as turkey ala king, green sauce enchiladas, pozole and multiple workday salad toppings. Spouse can straight chef it up, so the repeated use of poultry doesn't get boring because all the flavor profiles are different.

I put two 18 pound birds in the freezer whole after letting them age for 5 days in the refrigerator. I have a female and three males left to process. Will probably make the final female a whole freezer carcass, I think 18 - 20 pounds is the sweet spot for a bird to bake or smoke. The breasts on the first male weighed out at almost 4 pounds, so I'm thinking I'll breast the final three males and half them to put up twelve 2 pound packages of turkey breast for the freezer. From the rest of the carcasses I should get at least 15 pounds of meat for making sausage. I got the extruder nozzle attachment for the grinder and I just ordered some 3/8" and 5/8" casings. I'm thinking some breakfast and sweet Italian sausage should be a hit.

This worked out so well that I think I'm hooked. Home raised animals with plenty of pen space and quality feed most definitely taste better.

I'm going to take a month off from raising meat animals and then order me two dozen Cornish Cross chickens to raise for the freezer. Slaughtering chickens is a helluva lot easier than big-ass turkeys.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 05:28:06 pm »

Last night we defrosted some of the Italian seasoned ground turkey and made a meat sauce for pasta with it:



Sampling the meat before it went in the sauce, I think the seasoning is pretty spot on, with just a little spice to cut the sweet. My big worry was that ground turkey can be dry and bland, so avoiding that is a good sign. The meat is very lean, so dryness can be an issue.

I ordered sheep and pork casings for sausage makings. Sheep is smaller and used for breakfast sized sausages, while the larger diameter pork is good for bratwurst and hot link sized sausage.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2017, 09:23:08 pm »

Now that's more like it!
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2017, 03:34:36 am »

Yeah, put that ground bird in stews and chili and such and it'll be fine.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 02:43:06 am »

You bet, tonight was ground turkey seasoned up for taco bowls. That came out damn fine.

P.S. I put the final four turkeys in the freezer today. It's going to be a lotta poultry around here.

Also, I got pork and sheep casings delivered, really looking forward to sausage stuffing.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 05:25:08 pm »

Christmas Eve dinner was Spouse's home made specialty, savory crepes filled with turkey and asparagus:



Christmas Eve morning I took some of the breakfast sausage mix turkey and made 2 ounce muffins out of a pounds worth:



They came out great EXCEPT I put them in the oven to keep warm while everything else prepped and they dried out, I won't make that mistake again. Also, the seasoning recipe we used was too salty for us so we'll cut the salt by half next time. For the batch already mixed, about 2.5 pounds worth, we'll just cut it by mixing in another pound of fresh ground.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 06:06:27 pm »

ALSO: yesterday I put the final four turkeys in the refrigerator to age.



I did five birds in total yesterday (a 4H friend had a spare I slaughtered for them) and let me tell you, that shit is a days work.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 11:29:00 pm »

Meatlaof, 50/50 beef and turkey.



It was damn fine.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 11:47:22 pm »

Looks tasty.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2018, 05:31:57 pm »

Turkey and green sauce enchiladas last night. This is a view of the left overs because the children descended upon the pan like savage beasts:

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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 05:38:04 pm »

Butchered out one of the larger male turkey carcasses. Took both breasts and carved them into tenders, bagged up eight pounds of meat from that. Parted out the other pieces and the carcass and ground it up. Spouse got real creative and found two different sausage mix recipes, one apple based, the other bacon based, both had various seasonings to add flavour as well. Interesting thing  to me, both recipes used egg whites as a binder and moistener, drying out will definetly not be an issue with these. Here's some photos of how the sausage is made:



Some finished bacon sausage (yes, we used Hammy bacon):



We made nine pounds of sausage, now that the learning curve is over I can see doing this regularly.
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 07:39:51 pm »

Hammy sirloin chops last night:



That little asshole is delicious
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 06:31:39 pm »

Some of the turkey apple sausage hit the grill last night:



The natural casings really keep the moisture in, the innards were done and tasty, but moist. Lesson learned: prick the casings for the last 5 minutes or so of cook time so they can dry up a little bit.

(not pictured in this same meal, baby back ribs and country style ribs from Hammy. she continues to be delicious.)
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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 08:32:26 pm »

After butchering several birds, I've found that the legs and wings are problematic in harvesting the meat from them. The solution? Save them off whole and bake them in a normal old turkey way, then chunk them out for meals.

Today's lunch is a spring mix salad with olives, kidney beans, cashews, sharp cheddar and shredded turkey wing.

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Re: Foods ASH makes from animals he raises and murders
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2018, 09:16:31 pm »

I did up the first Hammy half-ham, 5.5 pounds worth, I slow smoked it for 5 hours. This is something I would do again, the slow heat and the moisture kept the ham nice and juicy.

Ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham chunks for salads ahoy!

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