Oct. 4, 2010 3:36 pm
Updated: Oct. 6, 2010 10:27 pm
Living on a remote ranch has endless perks. We can raise most of our own food, and almost everything is made from scratch. When you live 5 hours from shopping, you tend to buy all your food with “some assembly required”.
It may sound too difficult to some, but in truth, I have found it to be very convenient. If I run out of eggs, I only have to go 50 ft to the coop, and grab another. Fresh daily. Running out of milk, is a rare thing, because my 5 yr old Jersey cow gives 4 gallons
a day, over ½ gallon of that is heavy cream…and I mean, gotta scrape it off the spoon, heavy. Think about it. That is 120 gallons of milk a month. Got Cookies?? We’ll have TWO cows in milk next summer!
Butter is quickly made in the food processor, although an electric churn is on the Christmas list, and sour cream, yogurt, Mozzarella and ricotta are made pretty regularly, along with cottage cheese. It took some time and quite a bit of reading to get them
mastered, but all in all, they really weren’t that difficult. The cow is now going dry for rebreeding, but the goats should kid by January, so this will be our last spell of ‘milklessness’.
There are sheep and cows in the pasture, as well as the freezer, along with venison. Although the veggie garden didn’t thrive this very cold summer, there was enough squash to choke a horse, so a lot of that is in the freezer, and there was enough corn and
green beans to can some. We buy flour by the 100# sack and everything else in bulk. We only shop every 3 months, but we have the ingredients to make just about anything we want, at any time.
We have a close friend, who is a professional executive chef. He comes and stays with us a month every year, as he is also an avid bird hunter. It has become a serious competition between us, for him to try and find an ingredient or useful gadget that I don’t
have, and for me to not only have the ingredient, but normally have a back-up as well. So far, I have only failed once, and that is because he cheated. He asked me for Saffron. Its only $90 for a 14 gram jar at Costco. No, I still don’t have any. He finally
fessed up he didn’t have a recipe that called for it, but he knew I wouldn’t have it…not at those prices!! Therefore, he was disqualified.
He is currently cooking at a lodge in Nebraska, where he is being lauded on the radio and TV as a “World Renowned Famous Chef”. He HAS cooked all over the world, and is a master at French Cuisine. He now prefers, however, to work in rural hunting lodges, where
he can enjoy the outdoors. He has made meals for us, so delicious it brings tears to our eyes. He deserves the accolades. He called and related this story to us…
The lodge is located in a small town. They advertised a breakfast special. A sweet, older couple came in, ordered the breakfast special, and then requested to see the chef.
Always accommodating, our friend graciously presented himself at their table, to receive this honor…
The old gentleman told him,
“Son, I have been to Rome, Italy, and to Paris, France….and THIS is the BEST chicken fried steak, I have EVER had!”