Episode 29 – Applejack

KevinApple Wine, Applejack, Apples, Cider, Cider Making, From the Cellar, From the Garden, Fruit from the Yard, Wine11 Comments

Applejack is a hard liquor of 20-30% abv that can only be made when it’s extremely cold out. For that, it is special to me. Its flavours and smells cannot be created in warmer climates – perhaps why the Normands don’t do applejack despite their apple-booze culture…they simply can’t. It’s extra special due to the fact that distilling booze to make spirits is … Read More

Episode 26: Smoke & Ice

KevinCharcuterie, Cooking w/ Fire, Fish, Fishing, From the Cellar, From The Wild, Ice Fishing, Kevin TV, Northern Pike, Perch, Smoked Fish, Smoking w/ Fire, Whitefish18 Comments

I grew up hunting and gardening, abandoned them both as a young adult, then fell in love with both again later in life. Apparently, same goes for ice fishing. I have semi-fond memories of exhausty ski-doo-trailer rides on to the lake, sitting on a pail getting blasted by the elements, eye lashes freezing together, not catching much of anything, getting … Read More

Dry Cured Pig Face, Complete.

KevinCharcuterie, Dry Cured Meats, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Guanciale, Nature's Green Acres, Pork1 Comment

When we butchered pigs back in mid-October, one pig face was allocated to dry curing [details here], and today it came down from its hook in the cellar – 2 months later. I’ve successfully cured a number of jowls, and was keen to see how this one turned out as it lacked the slashes we’ve had from processor-butchered jowls, and … Read More

Episode 25: Cellar Food

KevinCanning & Preserves, Charcuterie, Cider, Dry Cured Meats, From the Cellar, From the Garden, Heart, Kevin TV, Pickles, Pig Ham, Root Cellar, Vegetables, Winter Veg11 Comments

Strange. It’s mid-December, the soil’s frozen, plants toast – but counterintuitively, this time of year is one of the best times of year food-wise. The freezers are full of a variety of meats, fruits, stocks, lard, and more. The wine cellar’s full of apple wines, ciders, and dry cured pork and game, while the root cellar is an exciting world … Read More

About This Much…

KevinButchering Pork, Charcuterie, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, Pork9 Comments

Interesting question came up this week on Twitter in response to my writing about the economics around butchering your own beef. The question was, how is somebody with limited space supposed to go about butchering and storing an animal?? Fantastic question. And I get it. I show pictures of quarters hanging in my cellar [convenient, but unnecessary], butchering in my … Read More