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Baked Ham

Baked Ham I am adding this recipe in honor of our finishing with our hog BarbieQ.  She is safely processed and in the freezer.  ))   Get a nice bone-in Ham.  I get the full ham myself not a halved one. Also you can buy a fresh ham or a cured ham.  Here is a chart on internal temp of the different types:   Type Internal Temperature Fresh (uncured) 170°F Cured, “uncooked” 160°F Cured, “fully cooked” 140°F, or serve cold if you prefer    Preheat the oven to 325* The first thing I do is wash the surface of the ham with cool water.  Then place it fat-side up in a roasting pan. Next I cut diagonal slices about 1/4 inch deep into the fat/meat and then slice again in opposite directions to make diamond shapes.  Then I put a clove in each diamond section.  Place the … Read entire article »

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Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale

Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale If you cannot get your pig on a scale, you can still weigh her by using the formula below. The formula comes within about three percent of the actual weight. The formula is as follows:   1. Girth Measurement: Take the heart-girth measurement. Your measuring tape needs to go around the body just behind the front legs and over the shoulder area. Square the result (Multiply the measurement by itself). BarbieQ’s measurement was 44″. Squared is 1936. 2.  Length Measurement: Measure the length of your pig.   Start at the top of his or her head right in between the ears and measure down to the start, or base, of the tail (not the end of the tail). BarbieQ’s measurement was 47″. 3.  Girth Result X Length: Take … Read entire article »

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Raising a Homestead Hog

Raising a Homestead Hog

  We have learned several things through raising a hog for our family.    Here is a list, but I hope to develop this list a bit more: Hogs must have STRONG fencing.  The more you can feed a hog on leftovers (slop) the less you have to buy in the way of feed. For starting a hog – use 13% protein feed and for growing use 16% feed. Soybean meal will grow a hog but it will produce a softer fat.  This … Read entire article »

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Hog Journal

Hog Journal

The New Piglets Are Here  It is Saturday, September 11, 2004 and the new piglets have arrived on Shepherds Hill.  I am so excited!  This is the second venture into raising our own pork.  Our first was last fall with “BarbieQ” – a lovely Duroc pig we bought from Ed Harris.  This time we have purchased 2 Hampshire gilts (young females) from Paul’s brother, Steve.  Steve works for a hog farmer in Gadsden and I must say … Read entire article »

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