Well, the Christmas music has started on the local radio stations. Since they'll stop playing it on December 26th (only the 2nd day of Christmas, y'all - not to be too much of a curmudgeon about it), we will enjoy it while it is around.
But I also like to play some Advent music, too! Hard to find on the local radio stations, but if you do a search on Youtube for Advent music playlists, you'll find some.
Here's one I put together:
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
So, have you heard all the hoopla about BONE BROTH? If not, go read those links. It's really just the hip new way of referring to something that homemakers have known about for an awfully long time: making stock. And it is so simple!
Here's how I do it in the slow cooker:
STEP 1) Save the bones from any meat you've recently eaten (chicken carcass, turkey carcass, beef bones from steak, etc). You can also ask for bones from your butcher, but it is recommended that you cook the bones before using them if they are raw. Some people will save bones in the fridge or freezer until they have enough to make broth. I'd say you'd want bones from about 5 pounds of meat, at least.
|Here is the broth above at the 18 hour|
mark. You can see the color is a nice
dark gold. The flavors have started
|The broth after 24 hours. |
The color hasn't darkened significantly,
but the carcass has broken down quite a
bit. Bones are still hard at this point,
but beginning to release their gelatin
making the broth quite unctuous.
|Bone broth at about 36 hours. |
Notice the color has gone from dark
golden to a rich brown. Bones are soft
and crumble when squeezed with your
fingers. It could be left it cook longer,
but I think this is a perfect point to
finish the broth.
|Final product! I wound up with|
about 3 qts of broth which
I divided into two gallon ziploc
bags to freeze.
Do you make bone broth regularly for your family?
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a lovely day with family and/or friends...and for those of you who got snow, I hope you enjoyed it!! My kids were a little jealous.
We had no company, nor did we travel for the first time in a LONG time. It was a quiet and relaxed Thanksgiving. Not how I'd want to spend every Thanksgiving, but it was nice this year.
|We laid out a craft paper banner for everyone to write or draw what|
they were thankful for...this was so easy and enjoyable, that I think
it will be a new tradition!
|Here is our table. We have inherited quite a bit of china and|
silver, but this is our wedding china. I love using it!
|Mid-feast - (right to left) Artemisia, Kalliope and Erik.|
|(left to right: Faramir and Athos)|
|Our cat, Zeke, is a notorious|
counter-surfer. We had to put him
while we ate for fear he'd get into
turkey on the counter. He sat on the
windowsill and pouted.
|Faramir and Athos enjoyed a|
|And at the end of the evening - the|
turkey carcas, an onion, some
celery and the leftover parsley
all went into the crock pot with
water and a little vinegar (and salt
and pepper). Bone Broth!!