Monday, October 27, 2008

Well folks, the turkey is in the freezer

Yesterday morning I drove him to be processed and oversaw the whole event from start to finish. I'm glad to say that it all went quickly and painlessly, and was done outside at a neighbor's farm so there was never any scary-indoors time or extra stress put on the bird. Now all 26-remaining pounds are fillling up my freezer and we'll have a humanely-raised natural bird for the table come Thanksgiving. I'll write more about it later, right now I am getting over (or through?) a sinus cold and trying to take the day as easy as possible. But after a few hours of sleep, and copius amounts of orange juice, I'll tell you the whole story.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

get well

October 27, 2008 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

I hear ya...sick sinuses and colds...tis the season. Get well soon!

October 27, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I enjoy reading your blog! I hope you feel better soon.

October 27, 2008 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fell better soon

October 27, 2008 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Simply Authentic said...

well if one is to have a turkey, then yes that is the way to do it. will be interested to read the details. feel better!!

October 28, 2008 at 3:16 AM  
Blogger kwogi1124 said...

I am appalled. I cried. Thanks
- Kate

October 28, 2008 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger nefaeria said...

Get better soon!

I am personally a vegetarian, but I admire your dedication to making sure the meat that is put on your table is done so in an ethical way.

If you haven't seen it already, there is an excellent Canadian documentary that might be of interest to you called 'Animals'.

It is about a young couple that buys a farm and start raising and slaughtering their own meat. It is a new experience for the film maker (Jason Young), as I think he was a former urbanite.


October 28, 2008 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried a nasal flush? I swear by them..both my hubby and myself had tons of sinus issues and allergies..whenever we feel just a little tickle, we flush and the symptoms go away!! look it up on the web..i even see Costco carries them now (hit the big time).

love your blob..we live in Rathdrum, ID...just a few miles down the road.

October 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger bellananda said...

i don't know what happened to your post about the importance of treating one's food with the respect due (in death as well as in life) to what was once a living being, but i just have to stand up, applaud loudly, and shout "AMEN, SISTAH!!!" i am SO proud of you for raising your family's thanksgiving turkey and trying to wake them up to food-reality in the process, and believe me, i'd be doing the same thing if i had the land. no, unfortunately you're (we're) not "normal," but we're doing what we can to bring our society back to a way of thinking where "normal" includes recognizing the sanctity of the lives of those whom we've bred to become our food and not just indiscriminate lumps of protein in a styrofoam and plastic-wrapped package.

i'm incredibly glad i found you and your blog, and i look forward to one day travelling to the great northeast and meeting you and your animals.

yours in strength and sniffles, season

October 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try a pomagranite. Could be it's all in my head, but they always seem to work for me.

Get well soon!

October 28, 2008 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Morgen said...

if you saved your post about the turkey that was deleted I would really like to read it. We just bought a farm and are going to raise our own meat next year. As a huge animal softy,it causes me distress,but I know it is better for the animals. If you have it I would love to read it.
thanks morgen

October 28, 2008 at 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, was the most recent post deleted? I read part of it at work and was looking forward to reading the whole thing when I got home. I give you points for what you did. I've read some of Robbin's books where he talks about the horrors of factory farms. People are too removed from their food. If you're going to eat meat, isn't it better to eat from an animal was well cared for and not one that spent its life in cramped quarters and fed hormones and antibiotics?

October 28, 2008 at 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your other post (burnt turkey - my rss reader saves everything) and loved it. I read your blog because it is such a relief to hear from someone not bogged down by political correctness and with genuine passion. Sometimes I want to laugh at how far the average person is remove from the land and where their food comes from, then I realize how terribly sad that is (and the amusement fades pretty fast at that point.)

I hope you still do take time to post the whole story on how its processing went, I am really curious since I will be in the same situation soon. I bet it will be one of the best tasting birds ever.

If you are still feeling under the weather, get well soon!

October 29, 2008 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I took down the turkey post because last night I posted it, went outside to feed the chickens and bring in the sheep, and then when I came back I had 4 messages from hurt family members.

i don't think it was right to put my family in the center of a post like. While I wrote it ore about the neighbors and strangers who I've met along the way and their aversion to homegrown meat - it sounded like I was only pointing my fingers at home. Since it hurt people, i took it down.

October 29, 2008 at 5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congrats on making the jump to raising your own food. I understand about wanting to raise your families awareness concerning the "business of food" and the underlying health aspects. I also understand most do not care/want/have time to face the reality of it... my own family included. You want them to "see it", but you can only offer, not force (not that you were doing that). Accept the answer gracefully, take no offense, hope that no offense was construed, but keep on your path.

I will buy a small farm next year in PA, and want my son and his family to share it with me. They like the "romance" of it, but the facts of processing chickens and turkeys (later pigs and beef) for food... the "How can you eat pets?" conversation has yet to be resolved.. for them. We seem to be at the point of them doing the gardens/veggies and me, the meat. Will it work?.... stay tuned.

BTW... for those interested in butchering your own birds... Herrick Kimball in his blog "The Deliberate Agrarian" has an excellent post detailing the whole process under his Archives block. Jenna has a link to his blog on her front page.

BTW... I was raised about 20m due south of you.... in Williams Township... home is always home.

October 29, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry... my bad. Thought i saw the link.

October 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

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