Live Beverages: Stimulating Summer Shrubs

Hello, blackberry!

Hot, sticky days seem to go hand in hand with cold, refreshing beverages. Though we keep delicious probiotic drinks like water kefir and kombucha on hand, we recently decided to expand our repertoire to include shrubs – AKA “drinking vinegar”. A combination of fresh fruit, raw vinegar, and sweetener, rounded out with the effervescence of sparkling water…it’s summer in a glass!

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Under Pressure: Second-Time-Around Beef Bone Broth

I’ve been saving the bones from the grass fed and grass finished beef soup bones and oxtail that we purchased from a local farm. These were the core of a variety of soups, including Korean-Style Oxtail Soup, and we’d already enjoyed the meat and marrow attached to the bones. Would there be anything left in these pressure-cooked bones to make bone broth? Definitely!

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Offal, Not Awful: Pressure Cooker Adobo Beef Heart

Another seriously underrated bit of beef is the heart. It’s a meaty, dense, and utterly enjoyable piece that lends itself to dishes like hearty stews and pot “roasts”. I recently acquired one from our local farmer who raises grass fed, grass finished (yes, how they’re finished is important, too) heritage beef, and pulled out one of my trusty Instant Pots to transform this heart into a meal worthy of adoration…easily and quickly!

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Offal, Not Awful: The Gustatory Delight Of Gizzards

Pastured gizzards on rice

If you’re unfamiliar with the gizzard, it’s a muscular organ, part of the digestive system in poultry that essentially “chews” food for a bird (no teeth, remember?) by grinding it up between muscle wall and against grit contained in the gizzard. Pretty cool, huh? Oh, and, properly prepared, it’s delicious.

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