Do you ever have this problem?
While getting dinner ready, one of your kids gets lost in a mud puddle. Well it happens to us, so quick and easy dinner recipes are a treasure for us.
This week was filled with a few great visitors. One of them, being a college student, has no idea how to cook his own meals and feels he has no time to do so. I served up this meal and he loved it. The nice thing about this is that it takes ten minutes of your time in preparation in the morning and produces a great aroma to come home to at night. Now all I have to do is teach him to cook bacon in the oven, sausage and pork chops in a skillet, slice ham for sandwiches and grill brats in the park. Then he’ll be ready to order a 1/4 hog from us. Pork, for me, has become the easiest, quickest, and tastiest meat to prepare. Try it this year, we still have a space to order some more hogs.
This recipe is easy, requires ten minutes of preparation, and is also kid friendly. It can be prepared in winter or summer since it is prepared in a slow cooker. I found this recipe at: Stephanie O’Dea’s “A Year of Slow Cooking” blog. Click on over to check out her version without my changes and to see other great ideas for slow cooker greatness.
Asian Peanut Butter Pork
1.5-2lbs Righteous Oaks Farm pork tenderloin or roast
1 onion, sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used Tamari; it’s gluten free)
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
Rice, cooked and served with the meat
This is so easy. Chop the onions and place on bottom of crock pot. Place pork on top of the onion. Pour everything else into the crock pot. Let cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with rice.
Just curious, what do you feed your piggies? And, what do you charge per pound?
We feed our piggies GMO(Genetically Modified Organism)-free feed which primarily consists of corn and soybeans grown on farms transitioning to certified organic status. The transitional organic grains are cost less than certified organic grains. There is no difference in how certified and transitional organic food is grown, rather transitional organic food is grown on land that has had less than three consecutive years of organic production methods used on it. The piggies feed is also supplemented with diatomaceous earth (natural parasite control) and kelp meal (trace minerals in a digestible form). Since they are on pasture the hogs are also able to supplement their diet with what they find growing or crawling around in or on the dirt.
We sell our hogs in halves or wholes for $3.10/lb. hanging weight (The weight of the hog after slaughter but before butchering.) Last year our hogs weighed around 160 hanging. The butcher will also charge for slaughtering and butchering. The cost of your take home meat would be about $5.00/lb. Although this is quite a bit higher than what you pay for pork at the grocery store, you would be getting much healthier and higher quality meat from our farm. If you were to compare $5.00/lb with certified organic pork you would find that it is less than 50% the cost. So if you are looking for low cost, healthy, non-factory raised pork we have what you need!
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