Goodie, Goodie! Some fresh, farm-raised venison from our farm! Beautiful lean meat. No preservatives. Fed on our cotton crop, garden, fruit and flowers. Not run by hunting dogs, so the meat is mild and more tender.
We've ground venison into hamburger meat, spicy cajun-style sausage and mild Italian-style sausage. There are packages of venison roast, venison tenderloin, venison steaks (like minute steaks), venison stew meat, and venison ribs.
It is quite a production of Cloroxing all the surfaces in the kitchen and all the pans we will be using. The table gets covered with white "butcher paper". Freezer bags are labeled with our custom freezer labels.
These freezer labels were the result of a burst of "Martha-Stewart-itis" one day after we had cleaned out freezers, finding so many packages of unidentifiable food that had to be thrown out because of freezer burn. (Grrrr, It hurts my feelings to throw out those packages of freezer-burned food.)
I've taken off the farm reference and Gordon has turned these pages into a .pdf file for you to download if you wish. (Next I have to figure out how to upload a .pdf for you to download. If I can't figure it out tonight, please check back the next few days.)
In these pictures you can see two of our collection of vintage enamelware baking pans. These are a sunny yellow and an avacado green, but I'm collecting this shape pan in any color.
We made a big batch of little venison patties for the dogs. They are about the size of a squished golf ball, and we let the dogs eat them raw.
If you have not heard about enhancing a dog's diet with the same type of raw foods that canines in the wild would eat, then Google the "BARF diet" sometime. No kidding, that is the name. I forget what the letters stand for, though.
We are not on a full BARF diet around here, but I do like to supplement the dry kibble with vegetables, fruit, yogurt, buttermilk and raw meat, all of which the dogs LOVE!
This Dog Treat label also works for the little liver cookies we make for the fur-babies. I ran into a recipe recently for yogurt and bananas made into frozen treats.
If you like, I will share the recipes as well as the labels. You should taste our Venison BBQ and Venison Crockpot Lassagne! They are fabulous!
The labels are printed on one large sheet of sticky (adhesive-backed) label paper, 8.5"x11" that you can find at office supply stores. You could also make a freezer label into any pre-cut label size.
Here are Martha Stewart's downloadable freezer labels.
I'm getting ahead of the summer garden season by making labels for the veggies we need to grow (to restock the freezers and shelves).
Does one sleep better when the freezers are organized, food is being eaten before it gets too old, and space is being made in the freezers for the summer veggies and fruit? Yep...I sleep decidedly better. *laugh*
Time for some of that contented sleep-of-the-organized-freezer-people. *wry grin*