Eight Acres - the blog — real food

Prickly Pear - weed or useful plant?

Jun 08 2020 8 Comments Tags: foraging, real food, soap

The Prickly Pear cactus (Opuntia genus) was introduced to Australia in the 19th century and is now considered a weed. But the fruit and pads can be eaten, or made into preserves. It can also be used to make soap. I picked some fruit from plants on on our property, here's what I learnt...

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Butchering Poultry

Jun 26 2019 1 Comment Tags: butcher, chickens, real food, turkeys

Last weekend we got up early and prepared for a morning of killing poultry, not my ideal Saturday morning, but the time had come, we were going through too much food and not getting enough eggs. We had bred new hens, so it was time for the eldest of the flock to go. This is never easy, but its part of farming. We don't keep the chickens for pets, so we always know that one day we will kill them....

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Cooking with the sun!

Nov 26 2018 4 Comments Tags: permaculture, real food

Our sub-tropical climate brings with it ridiculously hot summer days.  And each 30degC plus day that I endured, reminded me that I could be harnessing this solar energy to cook my food!  One of the permaculture principles is Use and Value Renewable Resources and of course the sun is the ultimate renewable energy resource.  We have designed our house to use the sun's energy in winter and we are planning to get solar panels and solar hot water heating very soon.  Why not also use the sun for cooking?

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Organic isn't everything.......

Apr 16 2018 2 Comments Tags: butcher, chickens, eggs, meat, organic, real food

We eat eggs for breakfast every morning whenever possible and I do notice the difference if I don't have them, as I get hungry earlier in the morning.  When I have to stay away from home for work, the one thing that miss the most (apart from Pete, the dogs and the other animals) is fresh eggs from our chickens.   I usually order eggs from the hotel for breakfast each morning, but they are not the same as my home eggs.  They have a darker orange yoke and a funny taste.  Even store bought organic free-range eggs do not taste as good as our home-raised pastured-fed eggs, and here's why.

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Real food in a slow cooker

Feb 21 2018 2 Comments Tags: Nourishing Traditions, real food, slow cooker, stock

My slow cooker has become one the most useful tools in my kitchen for producing real food that is also tasty and cheap.  I use the slow cooker most often for four different dishes: stock, casserole, pot roasts and soup.

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Using the whole beast

Oct 31 2017 2 Comments Tags: beef, butcher, real food, tallow, tanning

Every year around winter-time we have one of our home-raised steers butchered at our property by a mobile a butcher.  We fill the freezer with meat, bones and tallow, and we sometimes even keep the hide for tanning.  It is very important to us that, as far as possible, we use the whole beast.  If this is something that you would to do too, here are a list of posts that you may find useful.

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