- Good Food: What is it and what does it really mean?
Do you know how your food was produced or raised? How does the food product affect the environment, the people who worked to create it, and you as the consumer? These are a few of the angles I look at before purchasing food. Do you?
- Lowering Food Waste: Some hints to make it easier
- Functional Foods: What are they? And why should you eat them?
- Protein: Eating animal proteins and plant proteins; what’s the difference?
- Food Sustainability VS. Cost
I know I want to purchase foods that are environmentally sustainable, as well as healthy, and I always look for the best deals. And, I know I’m not the only one. Many consumers feel that food should be produced in a sustainable way, but they feel cost is an issue. Does this type of fare actually cost more in the long run? If so, why?
- Defining Healthy Claims: Labeling, the government definition of healthy and what should be considered healthy
- Cooking with Coffee: Recent studies show coffee plays a large role in cancer prevention
- Kale Is Out, So What’s In? Interesting and Tasty Alternatives
Cooking with kale is great, but what are the alternatives?
You can try seaweeds, beet greens, mustard greens, and even carrot tops! Trying a variety of greens can be incredibly healthy, extremely fun, and absolutely delicious!
- Cooking with Chocolate: New ways to use the tasty treat
- Updated Breakfast: Not Your Traditional Fare
Forbes says breakfast is going to be a very big deal in 2017. More restaurants are going to be serving breakfast throughout the day. Now, all-day breakfast isn’t a new idea for anyone, but what they are serving will be. We’ll be looking at new, “aggressive” recipes that feature crunchier foods, more chorizo, and chimichurri.
- One-Bowl Dishes: How do they make a difference?
During the winter months, we wean our piglets later than we typically would during the summertime. By waiting for 10 weeks rather than the usual 8 weeks, we improve the ease with which the piglets switch from sow’s milk to feed. During the suckling and weaning period, the piglets eat feed along with the sow—a high protein diet necessary for piglet growth and sow weight maintenance. In this way, any shock caused by weaning is lessened. While the 10-week period may be a little harder on the sow, she is fully equipped to recover. A good mother gives everything she has to her piglets, and may be “skin and bones” by weaning time, but we watch over her and give her a month and longer to recover before breeding her again. During the weaning period, we keep a sharp eye on the piglets—especially the ones that may be labeled the “runts” or the “weaklings.” Once they are weaned, the members of the piglet herd rely on each other to stay warm; the smallest and the weakest are often affected by the extreme cold. Because we prefer the natural process, we do not cull the small or the weak from our stock. Some farmers may choose to do so, to save on cost and time related to their care, but we believe in giving all of our stock a fair, fighting chance. We provide extra feed and straw to provide warmth and shelter where needed. We enhance the chance of survival for each and every piglet on our farm—without compromising the all-natural standards we strive to provide and that you have come to expect from Circle B Ranch. [ ... ]