This is my first Christmas in a homestead. Although we’ve been living in the country for a few years, this is the first christmas in which we understand how it all works with the garden, the chickens, the cows, everything.
When I go to the city and spend time with friends and family, sometimes I get surprised at how disconnected we can be nowadays from where our food comes from. I also remember just a few years ago I didn’t know what tallow was or about how to look after chickens or anything like that.
I love sharing things from our farm with other people. It’s wonderful to get feedback on them too such as: “Those eggs are the best I’ve ever had” or “This milk tastes like milk used to taste years ago, so different from supermarket milk”.
This year I wanted to give some presents that came from the farm or that were made by myself in a very old fashioned way.
Kefir is such a wonderful gift. I give a freshly made batch with some grains in it, enough to continue making the same amount of kefir. It’s a beautiful present that lasts for ever.
Sauerkraut is a very easy to make recipe which offers many health benefits. Also, it makes a great condiment for any dish. I get comments all the time about having so many cabbages in the garden at all times. This is how I use them so that they keep for a long time and are more nutritious and more tasty too than raw or cooked cabbage.
Homemade tallow is a luxury nowadays. Here in Colombia it’s impossible to get it already made, so a jar of lovely grass fed tallow is a very special gift, specially for somebody who enjoys cooking. It makes everything taste better. Chicken and potatoes particularly taste incredible when cooked in tallow. It’s very heat stable, anti inflammatory and it’s very beneficial for skin health.
So here are three of the presents I will be giving away to friends and family this year.
Thanks for visiting and Happy Christmas!