A few weeks ago, we welcomed 5 sheep to the farm! For the last year Camille and I have been tossing around the idea of raising sheep or goats. Being totally new to raising either, we really weren't sure what route to go. I have been researching both animals with hopes that these ruminants could offer a solution to the overgrown plant life in some of the open spaces here on the property. Still undecided, it took an unfortunate accident to bring sheep into our lives. A good friend of the family had an unfortunate accident which left him unable to care for his flock, so we willingly took up the offer to purchase some of his sheep.
If you are interested in raising animals of your land for food, then certain culinary techniques are essential to learn. Cured meats have an extended shelf life and do not require refrigeration nor fossil fuels. Curing is a form of food security that may become essential in the upcoming years. Curing is the act of food preservation of meats + fish with the use of salt, sugar and/or nitrates.