Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Local meats, you've tried them right??

So they other day I grabbed a package of store bought sausage out of the deep freezer.  We do not normally purchase these meats from the store, but I thought I would get rid of the pack that had been in there.  Our local high school has a meat processing class that makes the best sausage I have ever had.  We also have a local butcher whose meat is not far behind.  Neither of these processors raise the meat the butcher, but most is local.  As I opened the store bought kind, I realized I was going to end up frying two packs.  This meat was mushy.  I know it is ground pork, but it should not be mushy.  Then as I started frying it, I again realized why er do not purchase sausage or burger from the super markets, especially chain stores, the local markets as least have butchers on site.

Here is the comparison between the two.

Look at all the grease as it fries....

I ended up with a half a bowl of meat

crumbly greasy meat

and 3/4 a cup of grease

looks yummy huh??

Local butchered

A full bowl of meat and a 1/4 of grease (if that)

Guess which one I made sausage gravy and biscuits with?

Crumbly greasy store bought sausage

chunky, meaty, locally butchered meat

The difference in quality is obvious.  The store bought, mass produced stuff is nowhere near as healthy or tasty as the local options.  If you do not shop with your local butcher, or farmers markets, you really should give the local shops and farms a try.  It is better for you and the environment.  Buying local also helps support the local economy!  Check out your local meat sources today!!