Posts tagged ‘beef’

This is the way we ship our cows, ship our cows…

(Title sung to tune of Here we go round the mulberry bush.)

This weekend we spent two days of 10 hours a day working our cattle. We shipped our calves to market. Translation: 500 miles, 6 round trips to Willcox, 4 lunches from drive thrus, and hours for the guys in the saddle and me in the Polaris crew calling and trailing our cows. They are trained to come when we call them so it’s easier than it sounds though not so “western” as the movies. The neighbor generously let us use his corrals as we are gathering and shipping from our forest service lease. Unfortunately, one group of calves got in a tussle Saturday night and let themselves out into his fenced yard (old corrals – the post was rotted). Extra hour spent fixing it. So much for making it to church! The calves did well at the sale. Next….new babies any time.

We are privileged to grow food for your table and ours. Daniel took the photo of the burger, he knows where his food comes from lol!




Went grocery shopping Monday night and called dear hubby to tell him how close I was to home. He replied we just got back to the house (9pm) as #53 was down in the mudhole on Pearce Road. One of our neighbors called her sister who called us. The sheriff showed up (not sure why though someone may have called him). Drug her out of the mud with a rope (see sometimes we’re mean post). She didn’t get up but appeared happy and chewing her cud. Went out the next day, nope not up. Called another neighbor who has a hip-sling. This contraption fits over the cows hip bones and then you lift with a chain and tractor or backhoe. Got her standing and steady. She got a drink and proceeded to go down again moving. Called the neighbor back who had just left. Cranked her back up. Led her off to level ground where she stumbled and went down again tripping over her own hooves. Called said neighbor and borrowed hip sling. Cranked her up and left her a pile of cubes to munch on. No sign of her this morning (it’s a 1500 acre pasture) so so far so good. My back was a little sore and I was ready for bed after lifting her head up to get her front legs under her!

Cheeseburger Soup

Yummy for all – picky eaters and dieters alike(I have both)

Family size recipe, works well in the crockpot, ready when you are
2lbs grassfed beef
1 medium onion chopped
1 celery stalk chopped (optional)
basil, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper to taste
6C chicken or beef broth
16oz American or Velveeta cheese
2 C milk or cream
2 lbs potatos dices, or 1 C potato flakes or for the carb conscious 2 16oz packages cauliflower (really)

brown meat, add other ingredients and heat to boiling, simmer till you’re ready
(if you use regular 80% hamburger, cook and drain before adding to soup)
If you’re choosing the low carb option, cook the cauliflower in the broth until tender, scoop out and mash, add back to pot with other ingredients, you can’t tell and it tastes great
Crockpot – cook on low for 2-4 hours

Graduation Day – June #2

Graduation Day - June  #2

June graduated to joining the main herd…hence the new brand on her rear and tag in her ear. She grew really well with the extra nutrition the grower and finisher provided. Without it, dogie calves stay little and runty looking since mom isn’t around. She will run with the big girls now. Next up….a calf next summer (we hope).

Jamaica Pies

This is one of our family favorites – Enjoy!

Jamaica Pies

1 lb ground beef ½ tsp thyme
1 clove garlic – pressed 2 Tbsp cornstarch
¾ C diced tomato 2 Tbsp sherry
½ C diced onion ½ C beef broth
½ tsp salt
¼- ½ tsp red pepper

2 C flour 2-3 Tbsp water
1 C shortening 2 Tbsp curry powder

Brown the meat, onions, and garlic
Add spices, cornstarch, sherry, and broth
Bring to a boil, turn to medium and cook until thickened
Let cool

mix flour and curry powder together
cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles crumbs
add water until dough forms

roll crust into 6 inch rounds
fill with 2-4 Tbsp filling
fold and seal edges with fork, prick for steam vent

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 425 for 25 minutes
Serve with a green salad and potatoes

Can freeze uncooked pies

“Honest Meat” an excerpt from “Bill Sharp, Rawhide Cowboy”

While reading Mr. Sharp’s biography I came across this interesting quote of his cow camp cook c.1930-1940

“Honest meat comes fromt he carcasses of animals that have become fat on range grass. Cowboys believe it’s tastier, firmer, an’ juicier than them pen-fattened critters what’s been fed molasses, grain, hay an’ a lot of other stuff, so’s they’ll put on what’s called a fast weight gain……”

I have no beef, so to speak :), with  corn fed beef, but I can tell you that I have come to prefer the taste and texture of our grass fed meat. It’s all a matter of prespective and what your used to.