Yesterday morning I was making breakfast, pancakes and eggs, and was thinking to myself how nice it would be to have some red meat…we hadn’t had any read meat since Thanksgiving, we have STEAK and not turkey on Thanksgiving, but that was a while ago and we had long since ran out of the stock in the freezer and had not the time to make a trip to the beef farmer’s to buy more (we’ve been soooooo busy with our E-Bay business, it being christmas time and all…) so I really had a hankering for some red meat…
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon, Nathan steps out the door to put some packages in the mailbox to mail off to E-Bay customers and there are 3 DEER in the yard! It’s been hunting season for awhile around here and he’s been trying on and off to get one, as he has the free time to do so, cause we’ve been awful busy with the E-Bay business… So, he ran back in the house and grabbed his gun and in less than 10 minutes we had red meat! 😀
Usually he kills the animals and I butcher them and cook them up. The first fall that we lived in this house (2009) we got two deer, a large doe and button buck (button means he had very small antler nubs). Fall 2010 there was a newborn baby in the house and NO TIME for hunting….Fall 2011 there was another newborn baby in the house and NO TIME for hunting… So, it goes without saying that we are very grateful for this bounty of wild game!
This is the third deer that I have ever butchered (but I have also butchered 2 goats and they are similar to deer in size and construction..) and it went a lot more smoothly than the first time around! The first time, I was about 8 weeks pregnant with Charity (our 2 1/2 year old daughter) and trying to fight back the morning sickness induced nausea from the smell of the guts….I’ve also gotten a lot more physically stronger since then, so this time around it was a piece of cake to remove the hide and saw through bones etc. Butchering large animals requires a good deal of upper body strength…
Last night, for our traditional Friday Night Sabbath Feast we had roasted venison loin and the tenderloin along with roasted potatoes and baby greens from the garden…it was SO GOOD! He was on the small side, but we still got about 50 pounds of meat, along with the liver and heart which I plan to cook up tonight, and plenty of bones for broth making. We’re even having fried venison for breakfast!
Now to try my hand at tanning the hide. The first time we got deer I wanted to try tanning the hides but couldn’t stomach it due to the morning sickness, this time however I am going to roll up the hide and put it in a bag and stick it in the freezer and buy the supplies I need off the internet. You can use the brains of an animal to tan it’s hide, unfortunately the brains were ruined by a bullet, making them unsuitable for brain-tanning. I’m very excited to make my own leather!
Thank you O LORD for this Hanukkah Sabbath Blessing! 😀