Sunday, June 28, 2009

Letter to the editor of US Wellmeats

Today I was reading my weekly newsletter from US Wellness Meats and was so struck by this letter that was written by one of their customers that I wanted to share it with THE WORLD. It is very well written without being preachy. Please take a few moments to read below and consider the costs of buying meats (including poultry and fish) from Confinement Feeding Operations vs the costs of supporting our small farmers who practice sustainable farming techniques. Those costs include your health!
Please feel free to share this blog, but especially this letter with your email address book.
I am off to eat some pastured sausage - yummmm!

Hi John,

You know, I've been thinking recently about our eating habits as a nation, including Canada in this... your email on the red meat media attack makes me want to share my thoughts...

We want the cheapest price for the most food, and we don't care how we get it. We don't care what kind of terrible conditions the animals live in, what drugs they're given to keep them alive and grow as big as possible, to make the most money for the corporation that grows them. They have no business being called a farm, farmers care about their animals, these corporations only care about money, at any cost, to animal or the human who consumes the contaminated product they manufacture.

It is no wonder if people are getting sick from red meat, because it is primarily this red meat-like product that most Canadians and Americans consume. We don't want to pay too much for it, so we can afford that designer handbag or whatever it is we think we need. We want as much food for as little as we can spend, we don't want to give up any more of our budget for food than is absolutely necessary.

If we'd all think twice about what is really important, we'd all realize that it is our responsibility as consumers to make sure that the animals we consume are treated humanely and with respect, they give us life. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and we are paying a bigger price with our health, much of that I'd bet to the big drug companies who benefit from all of our maladies.

We shouldn't be supporting the corporations that keep animals in un-natural conditions, so that we can benefit from the lower cost. It doesn't cost that much to eat well and support respectful farming of the animals that nourish our bodies. We all need to eat a little less perhaps anyway, if we spend more, and get more out of that money spent, we need to eat less.

It costs very little to soak a cup of brown rice over night in 3 ½ cups of water, cook that in the morning for twenty minutes, and add chopped dried fruit, yogurt, bananas, and you get a LOT more out of it than from that cardboard boxed cereal. I like the savvy customer you mentioned in your email, though I can't purport to being to the level yet of never buying anything in a cardboard box. It does take time to come around from what we've all become so accustomed to, opening a bag of something you buy in the grocery store so that you can eat in ten minutes...

Perhaps we all need to take a step back from the more for less thinking that we've all fallen into, and think about what that cheap factory meat, and everything else we buy in bags and boxes, ready to eat in ten minutes, and what it actually does to our health. If we are suffering maladies from red meat consumption, then perhaps it is time to think about how that meat is being manufactured, and remember that if we fill those animals with drugs and garbage food, that is the quality of meat that we're going to get on our tables.

If we eat meat from animals who have been treated with respect and fed properly, we benefit in so many ways, healthfully, and morally. We have a responsibility to these animals who are entirely at our mercy, who are bred by, cared for by us, cannot survive without us. Their entire lives are in our hands. We owe it to them to stop buying garbage that is produced by factories. If we did this, perhaps we'd even see the return of more small family farms, more care for our environment, and better health for us in both regards.


Lithia, FL

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crustless Quiche Recipe

Same party...same raves...same promise to share...

Sauteed veggies - finely chopped (onions and/or peppers and/or zucchini and/or mushrooms etc.)
3/4 Cup milk
1 pound raw grated cheese (chef's choice - I used pepper jack &/or Colby &/or cheddar)
10 pastured eggs (organic will do)
2 pressed or chopped garlic cloves
salt, pepper, herbs to taste.

Pre-heat over to 350.

Sautee veggies in butter, coconut oil, chicken fat or lard and arrange in the bottom of a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish or similar.

Place grated cheese, eggs, garlic and seasonings in a blender and blend until mixed well...won't take but a second or two.

Pour into the Pyrex dish, place on a cookie sheet for easier handling and place in the oven.

Check after 40-50 minutes for an inserted knife to come out clean.

Wow! This was a real crowd pleaser in my home and at the party! My first batch I used all the little pieces of misc. cheese I had on hand. The second batch I tried to match veggie, cheese and herbs. It really is easy and oh so good! Yesterday I heated up a leftover piece that had managed to hide in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and it was still great. That is one of the beautiful things about using full, grass fed fats (raw cheese)...foods last so much longer. Our grandparents knew how to use fat to preserve foods. I am just now starting to catch on!

This freezes well but the bottom can be too wet so reheat it upside down and enjoy!

Why do I use pastured eggs? Find out here
How to find them? Ask me.

Basic oven Meatballs recipe

I served these at a party recently to rave reviews so I promised to share the recipe.

3 beaten eggs (Pastured eggs are best, organic would do if that is all you can find)
3/4 Cup milk (grass fed is best)
3 Cups bread crumbs (I used some stale sourdough wheat and rye I had in the freezer)
1/2 Cup chopped organic onion
4 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
2 teaspoons Cumin
1 teaspoon (+/-) Cayenne
2 lbs grass fed ground beef
1 pound pastured pork

In a large mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs, milk, bread crumbs, chopped onion, spices and mix well. Add meat and mix well again.
Shape into 6 dozen 1" balls.
Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

These are supper with fermented ketchup (ask me about that). I wound up with leftovers from the party so they went back on the cookie sheet and into the freezer. Once individually frozen I put them in a labled freezer bag. Now I can heat up 6 or so for breakfast or a snack!

The food insanity explained.

"We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market. Then, after there develops a suspicion that these "foods" are inadequate to support life, modern advertising science steps in to propagandize the people into believing that these is nothing wrong with them: that they are products of scientific research intended to afford a food that the last word in nutritive value. The confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact, and continues to blindly buy the rubbish that is killing them off years ahead of their time. The American people have been humbugged into DIGGING THEIR GRAVES WITH THEIR OWN TEETH."

Dr. Royal Lee 1943

WOW! This came to me on the heals of reading about a new book called The Liberation Diet which talks about how industry takes a waste product (like cottonseed oil) and makes it into a "health food". Ever since I became involved in the Weston A. Price Foundation I have shared with others that "if my grandmother didn't have it available as a young girl then I probably don't want it." Both the quote above and the referenced book above support my diligence!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Frog and A Miracle

Today while toweling off after my shower I noticed Panza (one of our 8 cats) hanging around the edge of the bed as if he was waiting for prey. Sure enough, a little green frog hopped out from under the bed. There he sat in the middle of the floor so to protect him from the other curious cats (Panza was bored with the game by now) I put a glass over him. After I dried off I picked up the glass and Mr. Frog was on his back. I scooped him up and nudged him and looked for any sign of life. There was none so I sadly took him over to the toilet to send him back to his Maker. Lo and behold, once he hit the water he started to move so I quickly scooped him up, changed the water and watched him. After a few minutes of minimal movements I put a drop of Rescue Remedy in the water. Well, that did it! In about 60 seconds he started to move around, climbing the side of the glass and acting like a real frog. I had to put my hand over the glass to keep him in while I took him outside. I didn't even get a chance to put where I was going to put him as he hopped out of the glass into the grass and on his way to frogdom.

Why am I telling this story? Because this is not the first time I experienced a miracle after using Rescue Remedy. I carry it with me at all times. I used it on a stunned bird once that had flown into my tire. I use it on red ant bites with amazing results. I used it on my mother after a fall that broke her arm and kept her from going into shock. My cats get it after a trauma (by mouth I use the drops, topically I use the cream). I used it the other day after showing a home that had mold which caused a violent reaction. I was fine after 3 minutes!

Most health food stores sell it. Buy one of each application...carry a bottle with you. Don't forget to use it as the First Aide it is!