Today we finished up the bacon. It's all sliced and vacuum packed and put in the freezer for the coming year. It turned out so nice and lean and very lightly salted and smoked. Delish! Dear Hubby sure does a great job when it comes to this kind of stuff. I guess I'll keep him♥. We're so spoiled ... making our own smoked meats and such ... we can hardly stand to buy some of this stuff in the stores anymore; not knowing what's in it. We make our own bacon, kielbasa sausage, polish sausage, breakfast sausage, hot dogs, bratwurst, salt pork, landjaegers, liver sausage and summer sausage. Plus we do all our own canning and freezing of vegetables. It's a lot of work ... but oh so worth the time and effort if you can do it. We also buy our beef and chicken straight from our farmer friend ~ drug free ... no hormones or additives in there either. I swear... if you can do it and set yourself up where you buy direct from the farmers market and know where your food is coming from there is just no comparison in flavor and quality. Plus... it's so healthy for you!
The birds sure were hungry this morning. I'm thinking maybe because of the coating of ice on the tree branches ~ covering the buds that the birds like nibbling on. The icy branches were just beautiful though.