Today was one of those days when I feel blessed to enjoy country living with my family.
At my parent's dairy farm, a cow went down and the decision was made to make hamburger.
Ed and my brothers did the butchering this morning.
Nothing beats good fresh ground beef.
My brothers had picked up apple drops yesterday so in the afternoon we made cider.
First we washed the apples and took out any rotten spots.
Then the apples are chopped and dropped into a slatted container.
When full, a board is placed on top and pressed down with a screw.
Out flows fresh cider.
We strain the cider through a sieve and cloth.
Then fill jars and plastic containers.
The children were ecstatically happy to spend a day at the farm.
All total, we squeezed about 20 bushel of apples to make over 40 gallon of cider. We divided it up between the families. I don't have a lot of freezer space, so I am trying to can some cider this year. I know it will alter the flavor to more like apple juice. I'm typing this while waiting for the canner to finish so that I can go to bed.
Driving home with our van full of fresh beef, newly squeezed cider, and raw milk - I just had to appreciate the value in working together. Many homesteading ventures would be completely out of our league if we didn't have the help of family. I'm tired but the day was lots of fun working together.
And maybe most impressive, my dad and mom are away from home this week while my dad preaches in another state. They would have loved to be here today but obviously they did some great training to take their place.