Post by mdtreehugger on Apr 3, 2017 13:14:21 GMT -5
Saturday was the day I had been dreading for a while. It was time to finally say goodbye to my old laying hens. They were the birds that started it all off four years ago when I finally got some chickens of my own. Little did we know that they would be the 7 birds would be the gateway drug to a small farm. We purchased those 7 as already laying birds that came with a coop. Added a few more that spring for a total of around 12. 4 years later 9 free loaders remained. So they deed was done Saturday morning by my better half. I tend to live by the waste not want not mentality put those birds, a mess of carrots, onions, celery and some spices into a giant pot and cooked it most of the day. Yesterday I set about the task of starting to pressure can it all. Unfortunately my pressure canner is small and it takes time. Got 4 gallons pressure canned yesterday and froze about 8 quarts of chicken meet that we picked from the carcasses. Got a few more gallons to can over the next couple days, and I can't wait to start cooking with it. It is the darkest, richest tastiest stock I have ever made.