Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Slippery Slope

So-- I'm not sure I am a vegetarian anymore.

If you remember back to April, I ate Dory, the she-male ninja turkey. Never posted about the whole fry, but it went well and I would highly recommend the cooking method to anyone considering it. We brined him for about 24 hours - an hour per pound - and then thoroughly dried him before beginning. The result between the brining and the quick sear of the hot oil was a really moist, flavorful bird. I actually enjoyed it.

Here's a photo for fun.

So last week we were telling our neighbor, Larry, about it and I told him I would be open to eating other animals, so long as I knew exactly how and where they were raised and what they had eaten. That maybe we would raise a few other meat animals. He told us he puts a calf in the freezer every year from his herd that is raised only on milk and grass. Now for reasons unknown, Larry REALLY wants me to be an omnivore, so when I said I thought that something like that would be OK, he promptly brought over a giant steak.

I ate it. Not the whole steak, but a few pieces. Another photo for your viewing pleasure.

Not bad. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but it was pretty good.

Then last weekend I ate goat at D'Ann's house. And that was actually REALLY delicious. No photos available.

Crazy, huh? I guess I'm no longer a vegetarian, though I won't be eating a lot of meat and I won't eat any conventionally farmed meat. I think I'm going to be a friend-a-tarian. I want to know my meat and its owners.


Kristan Anne said...

Hi there! This is my first comment here, but I do enjoy your posts when they come up in my blog reader. :)

I have a similar struggle. I was never a vegetarian, but lately I just don't want meat. I shy away from telling people I'm a vegetarian because I don't consider myself to be one because I will eat meat every now and then, and I try to make sure I know where it comes from.

Anyways, I just wanted to say that I think it's awesome to know where your meat comes from, and I applaud you for making that effort! :)

Blue Heron Farm said...

I haven't (or HADN'T) eaten meat in about 18 years. But now I am trying to be more conscientious about everything I eat. And I realized that home-grown meat beats factory farmed corn, hands-down. My food-thinking has evolved, and I imagine it's time my diet catch up.

I'll never be a huge carnivore, but I have realized that there is a place for healthy meat in a healthy diet and on a healthy planet. Our farm depends on the proper balance of animals to plants. And really, all vegetable farms would benefit from the rotation of livestock on their fields, so I am finally putting my fork where my mouth is. Or something like that.