Saturday, September 8, 2012
This and That Saturday
Sliced the last two chunks of the first pigs bacon. It made 5 very generous packages (because I only had enough on the roll to do 5 packages), vacuum sealed and after taking out what we want for supper tonight and tomorrow night and the ice in the small freezer were we able to get the bacon in the freezer because once you move something it NEVER goes back in the same way. Finishing up the lard today from the pig we just did. Looks like it will come out to just under 9 pints of lard from that one big pig.
Phil moved out some of the manure from the pig pen down to the garden though there is a lot more to go. I picked up some broccoli and cabbage plants today that need to go in two of the beds down there but I want to get some of the good soil from the pig pen on them first and let it set for a bit first. For some reason all the plants that Wal-mart had were Packman broccoli, Waltham cabbage, some lettuce (I would never buy lettuce starts) and collards (nah). I wish they had more variety. I do have some seeds coming as well so hopefully I can get something started in time to plant.
We are supposed to get some cooler weather tomorrow -yes, 80's is cooler for us--and we are really looking forward to it. We will be smoking the bacon tomorrow and trying to move some more manure so cooler weather will definitely be welcome.
We, of course, went shopping as well and potatoes were on sale this week for 10 lbs for $2.97 so I have 20 lbs of potatoes to can as well. I kind of wanted to get a couple of those meat birds killed, skinned, pressure cooked and canned but I am pretty sure there aren't enough days to our weekend for all that....