Brine and Cooking Directions
1 Our Fathers Farm free range delicious healthy turkey (this also works with our chicken, just reduce ingredients)
2 1 bottle of sweet white wine (chardonnay is what we prefer)
3 bouquet of fresh herbs if you can acquire them: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
4 fresh garlic 4-6 cloves peeled and smashed to release flavor (i smash them with the end of a knife handle)
5 1-2 onions peeled and quartered (optional)
6 1 C kosher sea salt (i use Himalayan sea salt)
7 handful of rainbow peppercorns (or plain if you prefer)
8 water and ice and a cooler
first dissolve salt in a small amount of warm water in a large stock pot as well as you can and add about 2 cups of ice to cool the water. Next add the peppercorns, fresh herbs (you can use dried if you like. about 6 Tb total), garlic and onion followed by the bottle of wine and cold water until pot is full. Place turkey breast side up in cooler. Pour your pot mixture over all and add ice and water until turkey is covered or nearly. Turn turkey around in mixture a few times to coat and let it rest breast side down in brine. I push the cooler to the “dark side of the deck” and check it at least one time daily to turn it around and add ice if needed.
On cooking day: remove turkey from brine to the kitchen sink (I discard brine under the deck). Rinse well and allow to dry. Melt 1-2 sticks of good quality butter and more wine and herbs and pour this over your turkey before cooking (if you desire… you can substitute with olive oil).
Suggested roasting times vary and recommendations are below. The most accurate measure is with a meat thermometer placed in the thickest “leg part” 180 degrees is recommended. I check for doneness by wiggling the leg and seeing if it’s loose and also by piercing at the thickest part and checking for clear juice not pink. You don’t want to overcook your turkey! We sometimes cook breast side down and then use silicon baking mits to grab and flip the turkey at the end to brown the breast and make crispy skin. This is a two man job :-).
Use the pan juices from your turkey. I use organic corn starch to thicken, but you can use organic flour. Here’s How:
1. First you make a slurry. For each cup of liquid you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and stir until a smooth paste forms. This is your slurry.
2. Whisk the slurry into the hot, simmering liquid that you want to thicken. Bring to a boil and simmer until any starchy taste has been cooked away. Don’t cook longer, though, as the starch may break down and the liquid will thin out again.
Roasting times are for a preheated 325 degrees F. oven.
Approximate Roasting Times for Stuffed Turkey:
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds 6 to 6-1/2 hours
Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 2-1/2 to 3 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
One musn’t forget this all important element of your farm raised healthy turkey! Save all of the bones and skin and pan juices that didn’t get used or enjoyed. Put the bones in either the biggest stock pot you have or in a crock pot. Add 2 Tb raw apple cider vinegar with the mother or 1 C white wine, peppercorns, 2 Tb sea salt, garlic and onion (peeled and smashed if desired). Cover all with water and cook for 12-36 hours. Strain out bones (and if using a small crock pot repeat). This makes a nutrient dense broth that can be used for sauces, soups, stews or enjoyed straight out of a mug as is. I add my left over veggies: sweet potatoes, roasted pumpkin or potatoes etc and puree them to make a delicious creamy veggie soup.
Tell us how you enjoyed our turkey and recipe!
Our Father’s Farm Announcing:
100% A2A2 Herd
New Pricing and Payment Options
Effective: 1 January 2016
Raw Milk Super-Food just got even MORE Super
We are happy to announce that our herd of dairy cattle is now 100% A2A2. It has been almost 2 years since we discovered the health benefits of A2A2 milk. We began to aggressively test and move our herd toward being 100% A2A2. Our herd is also 100% grass and greens-fed. The cows eat only what they find in our pastures and some alfalfa(non-GMO) when they come in for milking, as well as some hay in winter. We are committed to providing you with the best quality most nutrient dense milk possible.
For the first time in 7 years we are restructuring our herd share, boarding, and labor pricing. For most of you there will be little or no change. For others, there will be a slight change.
Delivery Fee for all drop sites:
$10 per customer per month.
(Not per Share, but per customer.)
Monthly Boarding Fees
1/2 share $20
1 share $40
Each additional share $40
Plastic jugs are $2.50 per share per month.
The one-time initial purchase of a herd share is $50 for half share and $100 for a full share.
Yogurt & Kefir 1qt. Labor $5;
1pt Cream labor $5;
1/2lb Butter labor $12;
1/2lb X-factor Spring Butter $16
Seasonal Milk Option:
For those butter lovers, and those that appreciate the nutrient dense milk that comes from grass fed cows eating growing grasses. We are now offering a seasonal option. You will receive your share of milk March – December, then for the three months that the cows are naturally not giving milk because they are awaiting a calf, and when milk production is low because we are feeding hay or dry grass, you will receive a share of butter that was made from spring grass each week instead of your milk. So for three months of winter you get to enjoy spring (X-Factor) butter. We hope to offer Cheese as an option in the future.
Cleaning Jars: We are dealing with space problems at some of the drop sites. Please do your best to try and pick up your milk within a day of it being delivered. Also, be very careful to clean and dry jars before dropping off.
If you forget to return your jars, we will have to send the next week’s milk in plastic jugs and charge you $ .75 per jug.
Payments: Starting in January you will receive a monthly invoice statement and will have the option of paying using a credit card or paypal through our website or by calling (There is an additional processing fee). We still prefer checks or cash Many people set up automatic bill pay from their bank.
Thank you so much for choosing us, and for trusting us with this important job of taking care of your cows and providing you and your family with nutrient dense deliciousness.
The whole Fuhrmann family/team at Our Father’s Farm
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The summer seems to have sped by! Now here we are in one of my favorite months. The reason it is my favorite is because of its beauty. (Not because of it getting chilly Summer on the farm is much more busy than winter but I like the warm days, beautiful sunshine, and out-door frolics of summer:). Here we are speeding up to frosty days. We do have lots of fun when the snow comes though! Snow ball fights and extreme sledding are just to name a few:) I am thankful for all the changing seasons God has given us. I know this winter holds many new changes for everyone lots of school is planned and new dreams for each life. What is October’s glory? It is the crisp air, golden leaves and sparkling blue skies that all gather and make you swell with joy!
If you feel heavy laden and that your cup is not full remember “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Life is SO busy that it’s hard to put it into words! I could go on about the daily grind of it and make us all tired :-). But there are so many everyday surprises! When I see every little thing with full optimistic eyes it all changes! The boring ol’ scenery turns into beautiful sunshine and amazing reminders of our creator everywhere. The most annoying task can be transformed into a new beautiful adventure!
One morning, early this week, we welcomed a small new life to the farm. One of our heifers was unintentionally bred too early. (The bull broke through into a pasture uninvited or unknown to us)… So this morning, we found this small cow a mother with the tiniest little calf next to her. We brought them down to the barn for milking as usual, but this new mother was not bonding with her calf like normal. Sometimes this happens when it is the mother’s first calf. Because she doesn’t know what to do, she rejects her baby. So the calf was rejected and we carried it to a stall in the barn where we could take care of her (the baby calf). It has been fun to feed and take care of this tiny delicate creature! She is less than half the size of a regular calf. When I would have to usually be wrestling and sitting on top of calves to feed them she simply stands there blinking her long eye lashes at me and drinks. What a precious reminder of innocent life this little calf is. Now this little calf and her mother are just animals. But to our farm and business they are important! The same with the lives of other humans each life matters! God knows all life, loves all life, and rules all life from the tiny people to the elderly people we are all HIS own!
An evening at our house…
It started just as dinner was finishing and dishes being cleared, Dad and Mom said that a neighbor had called and asked for us to come by and pick some corn in their patch. So after dishes were done and buckets gathered we went outside to load up.
But then a problem struck us. Sam had the van for work and we had our whole family (11 Fuhrmanns) and our cousins (3 of them) so we decided to get Josh’s truck and our car. It took some creativity and extra time, but soon everyone was crammed into the cab, car and the back of the pick up. When we arrived at the neighbors house we all climbed out and said hello and than guess what he said “Alrighty you guys just follow me the corn’s about a mile away” WHAT? We laughed and said “OK lets all see how fast we can load back up”
Now that’s a challenge! 14 people climbing and scrambling into 2 vehicles was definitely a sight but we did it and arrived safely at the corn patch. We all hopped out grabbed a bucket and started picking… several minutes later and lots of buckets full of corn later me and Sheila (my “corn picking buddy”) started walking back through the patch to the truck. Danny and Van Louis (our cousin) dashed by in a full fledged game of hide and seek and than we came upon John settled in the dirt murdering “bad beetles” with rocks
Soon we had all the corn (and children) loaded and headed home hot and laughing. Oh and by the way the night was finished off with volleyball and soccer :-). Things are always way more fun when the whole family works together! Spending the precious time we have been given with each other is a wonderful thing.
Some picture from recently: