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Adam Parks: How To Select & Prepare Sustainably-Raised Meats

A ranch-to-table primer
Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:15 PM

What specifically should you look for when choosing a provider to buy your meat from?

Additionally, most folks don't realize how important the butchering process is to how well meat tastes. What qualities are important to look for in a butcher?

Former rancher and current meat-repreneur, Adam Parks, joins us for this week's podcast to give practical guidance on these questions, as well as recipe and cooking tips for how to get the most out of the meats we eat. After all, if you go to the trouble to select the healthiest product and get the best butchering, you want to ensure the meals you make from it are prepared well, too. » Read more

Daily Prep

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Meat Curing

What It Is And How It Works
Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:02 PM

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of curing meat with salts.  Also a few recipes to give you some historical inspiration.

What Should I Do?

Smoking Meat

Methods and tips for success
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:59 PM

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender.

Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: » Read more

Daily Prep

The Lost Art of Sausage Making

A traditional method of meat preservation
Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:12 AM

The basics of DIY sausage making and a bit of history to this now uncommon process of home meat processing and storage. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Raising Pigs

Should you raise pigs?
Friday, July 18, 2014, 4:04 PM

I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.”

However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. » Read more

What Should I Do?

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Methods for Preserving Your Own Meats

Adding meat to your food storage and deep pantry
Monday, April 28, 2014, 5:31 PM

Meat always seems to be a popular item in food storage. It packs essential nutrients like proteins, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. However, having a long-term supply of meat can be tricky. How do you get it to last?

There are a few options when preserving meats. Methods like salting, brining, canning, freezing and dehydrating are great options to help you keep meats available  for future meals. » Read more

Daily Digest

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Daily Digest 6/7 - Bank Card Thefts Soaring, The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War

Friday, June 7, 2013, 10:53 AM
  • The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War
  • Are Central Banks Losing Control Over Interest Rates?
  • The Slow and Painful Death of Freedom in Canada
  • How to put cybersecurity defences to the test
  • Why I Left the Conservatives to Stand Alone
  • Bank card thefts 'soaring at ATMs'
  • Is a Freefall in Oil Prices Really Underway?
  • ‘They’ve bought everyone’s silence’: Drillers paying out fracking settlements to land owners on one condition — keeping quiet
  • Bees do it, so why can’t bee keepers and colleagues?
  • Meet 'Schmeat': Lab-grown meat hits the grill this month
  • Falling Fruit: Mapping The Urban Harvest
Daily Digest

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Daily Digest 4/27 - A 'Sign' Of Greek Economy, What If Waste Had Worth?

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9:32 AM
  • A 'sign' of the Greek economy
  • Americans Spend Less on Finance as Doubt Lingers: EcoPulse
  • Dumb Question: Can 7 Billion People Eat My Weight in Meat?
  • Ageing Populations: What technology can do to help a global ageing population
  • Europe Facing More Pressure to Reconsider Cuts as a Cure
  • What If Waste Had Worth?
  • Heavy Louisiana Sweet Strengthens as Brent Spread to WTI Widens
  • Antarctic nematodes and climate change
What Should I Do?

Resiliency with Rabbits

Raising rabbits for meat
Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:46 PM

With the onset of the financial crisis, many of us undertook the task of becoming more resilient by packing up buckets of various and sundry foodstuffs like grains, beans, rice, etc. The thought occurred to me that, being a Shameless Carnivore, I would rather starve than live off of rice and beans forever. Well, okay, maybe that’s just a little dramatic, but hopefully you get the point. While packing up my grain buckets, it became clear to me that my food security was inadequate for long-term food viability. Not only was it limited in variety, but also in quantity -- it was not sustainable long-term because it wasn’t feasibly reproducible.

Clearly fresh meat was what was lacking, but more importantly was the ability to reproduce that meat. Therefore, critters on the hoof were the obvious solution, or ‘meals-on-wheels.’ While just about everyone who’s preppin’ (and many who aren’t) has chickens, one of the most overlooked critters is the rabbit. Whether you just want some homegrown, organic meat or are a serious prepper, the rabbit has much to recommend it as a staple in your plans. » Read more