Oryx Jerky: 9-20-12

We’ve all heard of beef jerky, turkey jerky, and even Buffalo jerky.  i’m making Oryx jerky.  The oryx, a large antelope with long, spear-like horns, is a true desert animal that lives in Africa.  A friend of mine from the farmer’s market gave me some Oryx he hunted, so i’m making jerky with it.  Started the smoking yesterday, so this morning i put crushed peppercorns and salt on the pieces and now it’s dehydrating in my Excalibur, Merlin.

While the meat is becoming jerky, i’m continuing the long process of making pickled watermelon rinds.  i had them soaking in water and pickling salt over night.  After rinsing and draining them, they boiled for 15 minutes in water.  Now the brine (water, vinegar and lotsa sugar) is boiling.  That will then be poured over the drained rinds and soaked overnight again.  Tomorrow after the market i can complete the pickled rinds and get them canned.

i made beer bread this morning, finishing off the last of my Nude Beach Summer Ale.  It’s a seasonal brew, so i’ll be experimenting with other beers for bread.  I’m starting with another seasonal ale, Shiner Oktoberfest.  And i’m also working on a new Gluten Free bread today.  Cynthia, the owner of Potegers, gave me a few bags of amaranth grain to play with.  Kyla just ground it into flour with our hand-cranked food mill, so i can work on GF sandwich bread.  Getting gluten free breads to rise and not turn out dense and flat is the challenge.  It obviously didn’t work wit the recipe i used from versagrain.com, so i will try other recipes, tweeking them as i go and will post one that actually turns out well enough to share.  FYI, i used potato starch in this instead of tapioca flour.  And i’m out of Teff.

And i’m going to get more done in the garden this morning before it gets hot outside.

i’m trying to make room for things and having a hard time getting everything i want to grow this fall to fit in my limited space.  There is an area in my main back garden that it is covered  with what i initially thought was a viney bean, like pole beans without poles.  But, though it’s pretty, it’s been growing there since May or June and has produced nothing but little purple flowers.  So i’m pulling all that up today and making room for more beets.

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