Friday, March 12, 2010

corn your own

it's that corned beef time of year! here's a great recipe i found on how to corn your own beef. this year i'm using a chuck roast instead of brisket.

Corned Beef Brisket from scratch—a 7 day brine
By: EdsGirlAngie from Recipezaar

1 (8-10 lb) beef brisket
4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in thirds

The Brine

2 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon peppercorn
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 pinch ground cloves

The Simmering Liquid

water, to come up 3/4 to side of brisket
1 teaspoon peppercorn
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
4 garlic cloves, sliced


1. Combine all of the brine ingredients and bring to a boil, then cool.
2. In a huge plastic roasting bag (do NOT use a garbage bag), place the beef brisket, the cooled brine, and the 4 garlic cloves.
3. Make sure that all of the meat is covered by the brine (cutting the brisket in pieces if you need to), tie off tightly, place in a pot large enough to hold it all, and refrigerate for 6 to 7 days, turning occasionally.
4. After the 6 to 7 days, remove brisket from the brine and discard the brine.
5. Rinse the meat thoroughly, then place in a Dutch oven or other large pot and add enough water to come up 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up the side of the meat.
6. Add the rest of the Simmering Liquid ingredients (peppercorns, mustard seeds, allspice, cloves and garlic), bring to a boil and skim off any foam.
7. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, covered, for at least 3 hours, but 4 hours doesn't hurt anything. Meat will be SOOOOOO tender and delicious!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

waiting for the pick up

i'm over at eco-tastic in ua waiting for csa pick ups. today is nice outside, spring is trying to do something out there. i bet when the snow melts off, i i will see that crocuses are emerging underneath.

tom's got some great deals over here at eco-tastic. right now he's offering 30% off hand knit sweaters, hats and scarfs. if you haven't been into tom's store here in old arlington, come on down. eco-tastic carries 100% organic cotton and bamboo clothing. my family loves the bamboo socks most of all. they make great gifts at $5 a pair. check them out online at
gps it at 2066 arlington ave.

had some discussion this morning on rabbit. i am going to gather some more rabbit recipes from friends and family and will post them soon.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

new website is here

the new 2silos website is online, so this blog is moving back to it's original intent...a farm girl food blog. please visit our new website for details on your csa shares, pick up times and other current news.

Friday, February 5, 2010

the blizzard of '10?

we are not going anywhere tomorrow...therefore, the csa pick-up scheduled for tomorrow, saturday, feb. 6 has been canceled. we will have csa pick up again on saturday, feb. 20. call the farm if you have any questions.

stay warm, safe and inside this weekend. enjoy the superbowl! go colts!