Where can you buy the pigs we raise?

I’m often asked where people can buy the pigs we raise on our farm.  The answer isn’t exactly an easy one.

We do butcher our own hogs.  Every year over Christmas, my family gets together to butcher, cut and wrap up meat for our own consumption.

Grandpa supervises.
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We always have ham, ribs and lots of bacon.

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We also grind plenty of sausage.

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And the kids usually wrap and label the meat.

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But that’s for us.  So where can you buy the hogs we raise on our farm?

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Keep calm.  There’s plenty of bacon for everyone.  We sell a large amount of hogs we raise to Indiana Packers based in Delphi, IN.

Indiana Packers is a 20-year veteran pork production plant that has seen tremendous growth and is now looking forward to an even brighter future, with plans to expand its operation and capacity.

Since the founding of the business in 1991, Indiana Packers has grown to become a national leader in the processing of premium pork products.

One of those products is sold under their Indiana Kitchen label.  Bacon.  Yummy, tasty, bacon.

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When we run out of our own bacon from the hog we butchered, and I NEED a BLT sandwich, I always buy Indiana Kitchen bacon.  That bacon may be from the hogs we raise.  Indiana Packers purchases hogs from many family hog farmers in the Midwest.  It’s a company we have worked with for many years and I am proud to have our hogs carry the Indiana Kitchen label.

So where can you find Indiana Kitchen bacon?  Look at their website for a store locator.

And eat more bacon!! Your purchase could likely be hogs that we raise on our family farm.

 

Jeanette2brownsmall

 

Can you Feed Your Family For $50 or Less?

I’m continuing my look at our monthly grocery bill with a challenge of seeing how cheaply I can feed my family of 5 hungry people!  This series, brought to you by my friends at Indiana’s Family of Farmers, features four meals of breakfast, lunch dinner or a combo of all three.  And each meal much contain protein.  My house can’t live on salad alone!

As I stated last month, what is difficult for me is realizing the cost of meat in the grocery.  I believe beef, pork and chicken are very affordable and we enjoy the safest, most affordable food of any country on the planet.  But I don’t buy meat in the grocery.  We butcher our own hogs every winter and I buy half a beef from a cattle farmer friend, thus avoiding the grocery store.  We don’t raise our own chickens, yet, so I will buy those in the grocery.

This week’s meal plan is based on eating around baseball games and fieldwork!  All three kids are playing baseball and have practices or games every night.  The Farmer has been busy hauling hog manure to use as organic fertilizer in our fields.  And when he’s not hauling manure, he’s planting corn or working ground ahead of the corn planter.  It’s been a crazy few weeks.
I feed a family of 5 every night.  And I always need at least one serving leftover to pack for my Little Man’s lunch at daycare the next day.
Meal #1
Hot Dog Casserole
Green Salad
Fresh Fruit
White or Chocolate Milk
I’m almost embarrassed to admit my family eats Hot Dog Casserole.
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Maybe I’m even more embarrassed to say it actually tastes pretty good!  I found this recipe in a 35-year-old cookbook written by farmwives.  It sounded disgusting, but the kids and The Farmer told me to make it.  it’s super easy to make and very easy on the budget.  This meal costs about $15 total, including the gallons of milk.
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Hot Dog Casserole
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A cheap, easy meal that the kids will love!
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz bag of wide egg noodles
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz package hot dogs, cut up
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp prepared mustard
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles using package directions. Drain
  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan until melted. Add the flour and salt and stir well.
  3. Add the mild gradually, stirring constantly. Cook until thick. Stir in the cheese
  4. Add the noodles and mix gently.
  5. Spoon into a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
  6. Combine hot dogs, mayonnaise, brown sugar and mustard in a bowl.
  7. Spoon over noodle mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
Meal #2
Taco Salad
Fruit Salad
White or Chocolate Milk
Taco Salad is my go-to quick meal when I need to throw something together.  This is a pretty healthy version of what could be a fat-laden meal.  My taco salad is made with lettuce, browned hamburger, a few cans of red kidney beans, taco seasoning, and reduced fat french dressing.  Mix all of that up and serve with baked chips! I will serve it with fruit because fruit salad is easy to make and we will eat fruit nearly every night during the summer!  I can make this entire meal for $10.
Meal #3
Slow Cooker Mushroom Pork Chops
Corn
Salad
White or Chocolate Milk
I mentioned we have a freezer full of pork from butchering this winter.  However, I priced pork chops at Aldi’s and found I could purchase a package of 5 chops for $8.25.  Does that seem like a good price?  I added a few cans of mushroom, a can of cream of mushroom soup and a bit of chicken stock.  All of that cooked in my slow cooker on low for the entire day.  The chops came our fork tender and were a big hit!  This meal costs about $18, including the milk I’ll need to restock.
Meal #4
Slow Cooker Eggs and Sausage
Peanut Butter Toast
White or Chocolate Milk
I’m down to about $7 left in my meal budget.  Breakfast for supper is always my go-to meal when I need a cheap meal that is filling and fast.  This meal is a mixture of french bread, eggs and breakfast sausages.  It cooks in the slow cooker for a few hours.  Add some cheese at the end of the cooking process and serve while hot.  Serve with toast and enjoy a fairly cheap meal.
Those are my meals for this week.  What can you make for $50?
 Jeanette2brownsmall

Key Lime Pie

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I love all things citrus.  I’m not a fan of chocolate so citrus is always my go-to dessert recipes.  And since spring planting season is upon us, I’m always seeking recipes that I can take to the field and feed our big crew of planting and manure hauling folks. This pie is one that I’ve […]

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Can you Feed Your Family for $50?

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As a farmer, feeding people is my priority.  I want to make sure families are eating three good meals a day, each meal with meat, veggies and milk to drink!  But how far will $50 go in the grocery store? I’m excited to bring you this new series, from my friends at Indiana Family of Farmers.  […]

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Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake

There is nothing tastier that cake.  And this recipe for a Yummy, Easy Vanilla Sheet Cake literally takes the cake for an easy treat! The Farmer and I are going to celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer.  It’s been a blessed 20 years, years that I can’t imagine going through without him.  Years that have […]

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What do Farmers do on the Weekend?

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Growing up, I knew if I was going to see my Dad on a weekend, then I was going to need to ride with him as he did hog barn chores.  So I spent many hours in the truck as he went from farm to farm feeding pigs.  Or I followed in his footsteps as […]

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16 Pounds Lighter, Yet Miles to Go

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I’ve blogged many times about my effort to lose weight.  I’ve been on every diet known to man.  Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Seattle Sutton, Shakeology, Slimfast and others.  Through all of those, I’ve lost a lot of one thing…money.  And yet I’ve managed to gain 90 pounds in the past 12 years.  90.  I’ve put […]

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Where does your pork sausage come from?

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It’s a long-standing family tradition that we spend part of our Christmas break butchering hogs.  We only do it for ourselves and family members.  We aren’t a licensed butchering facility, which means we can only butcher for our own consumption.  We can’t sell it.  Although I get many people who want to buy what we […]

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Do We Eat the Pigs on our Farm?

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I am often asked if we really eat the hogs that we raise.  It seems the anti-farm crowd is trying to scare consumers into thinking that hogs raised in climate-controlled barns are not worth eating.  They want you to believe that animals raised eating grass instead of the grain based diet we feed means they […]

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Why are friendships so hard?

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As I sit and write this, it’s a Saturday night.  Another Saturday night where we are home.  And I’m bored out of my mind.  I can’t stand the thought of doing another load of laundry, washing another dish or monitoring another fight that breaks out amongst the kids.  It’s been a week of snow, blistering […]

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