Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quiche for Real Men

I had a lot of eggs saved up and I wantd to make a special breakfast that everyone of my bunch would like. Zeke my 12 year old, kept telling me that he really liked quiche so thats what I made.



Quiche Recipe:

Heat to 375 '

One or two pie shells or some left over biscuits

One pound of meat (I used turkey meat)

3 or 4 eggs for each pie (I used 7 eggs because I have a large pie pan.)

1 cup of milk or you can used a can of condensed milk

* if you like your quiche a little sweet add a little drizzle of honey to taste.

1 cup of grated cheese (I like mozzarella, cheddar, or Monterey Jack. )

Seasoning: teaspoon of salt, dash of pepper, sage if you are cooking with beef or turkey and desire a sausage taste

1. Cook your meat on the stove or in the microwave for 5 minutes.

2. Oil your pan if you are using biscuits. Crumble them into the bottom of the pan.

3. Drain your meat and crumble it into your pie pan.

4. Beat the eggs with your milk ( half cup for each pie) then add them to the pan. ( if adding honey add it here)

5. Add your seasoning.

6. Top with yummy cheese of your choice.

Place in the preheated 375' oven for about 30 minutes or until browned and not runny.
ENJOY!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Meal Worm Project

We are starting up a meal worm colony or farm for the first time. I am so excited! I went down to buy the live meal worms at the pet store and I decided on 50 of them to start up with. Then I saw some white doves and had to get one of them because our white winged dove that we rescued  needed a friend and we hadn't found one until now. The price was right so I picked one up. I'll share pictures of him on our facebook page. Like us there so you can see our beautiful birds and see what we name them.

Back to our meal worms. We are going to try to raise meal worms as a another source of food for our chickens. They are also good for reptiles and other types of birds as well. There is not much to it and the cost is minimal.







Steps:

1. Find yourself a set of plastic drawers.

2. If they are not new clean them up.

3. The worms will need darkness so either tape the drawers up pain them or just get black ones like we have.

4.  Add about an inch of substrate. Here are the different substrates I have seen people using:

    rolled oats-oat meal- the old fashioned kind
    corn meal
    wheat bran
    (let me know if you are using something different)

5. Put in a water supply and keep it changes every few days to keep down mold. Some examples:

    carrot
    apple
    potato slices
    grape
    lettuce
    celery

6.  Wait until the worms become Darkling Beetles and then either sift them out or let them crawl up an egg carton or piece of cardboard and transfer them to the next drawer which you will have to prepare with substrate as well.

7. There they can lay their eggs and it works good to have some pieces of cotton t-shirt for them to lay their eggs onto.

8. When the eggs hatch then you will have more worms which you can allow to grow into beetles or you could feed them to your flock depending on how many you buy in the first place. I just bought 50 so I will have to take the time to build up the colony or buy more next week. We will see.


 For you squeamish folks the worms should not crawl out because of the straight sides on the drawers. This is a new experience for us so we will keep you posted. The kids are real excited! This seems a lot easier than red worms for fishing. A lot less messy and these worms and beetles are not supposed to bite either. If you try this let us know!




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Thursday, September 4, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Mold In Fodder

   Mold on your fodder does not smell good nor is it the healthiest thing for you or your flock. If you have noticed some nasty smells and white fuzz around your fodder drain holes then there is still hope for your crop with a little work.

rinsed and tossed fodder or wheat/sunflower seed sprout mix- soaking tray in in the back of the picture.



Simple Steps To Combat Mold:

1.  Empty your tray of wheat into a colander and rinse thoroughly turning handfuls at a time to make sure the mold comes off. Checking to smell it every now and then. This will rinse the mold right down the drain.

2. Next, now that you have emptied your fodder tray, give it a good wash with soap and water and a scrubber. Rinsing well.

3.  Put your rinsed fodder back into your cleaned tray.

4.  Repeat this process on all of your trays and if your system resembles mine you need to clean your tub your soaking tray and your bamboo skewers with soap or even bleach and water scrubbing them clean.

5.  To prevent this mold problem clean your trays good each time you empty one and flush your fodder good with water at least twice a day.

Let me know if this is a help to anyone out there. It really makes my day a little brighter when I can help someone.


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