Chili – 18 quarts!

Time for me to get crackin’ taking meals to Refuge Ministries in Mexico, MO again.  So good to see everyone last night.  Find them on Facebook.

When i prepare chili, i like to fix a full pot for sharing and freezing.

  • 8 lbs ground beef
  • 9 cups dry beans soaked overnight, then simmered in plenty of water for 5-6 hours (i used pinto, black, and white beans because that is what i have on hand)
  • 6 medium onions finely chopped (i chop them in quarters, then whir them in a food processor – don’t over process)  OR 1 2/3 cups dried minced onion flakes
  • 12 – 15 oz cans of tomato sauce or a combination with diced tomatoes (remember, if you use your own tomatoes, you may need added salt)
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder*
  • 8 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 8 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic ( at least one large fresh garlic bulb if you prefer)

Make sure your beans are cooked and well softened, but not mushy.  Cook the ground beef and crumble into smaller pieces.  If needed pour off extra fatty liquid (i feed that to the chickens over rice – they love it!)

Place all these ingredients in an 18 quart roaster, stir gently, and heat through, then simmer for a couple hours – longer if you have time – stirring occasionally.

*optional – i don’t put in any chili powder because my husband is allergic

 

Everything Cover Crops

Love or hate Facebook – depends on your perspective – maybe both.  But there is real opportunity for farmers to share and learn from one another about cropping and ranching methods they’ve tried – what has been successful and what was a colossal failure.

I coped a young farmer’s (from central Iowa) method here, so i can come back to it as a reference for what i may try in the future.  This is copied and pasted from a Facebook page by the same name, so it reads clunky out of context of responses, but i wanted his words.

Drilled a 4 way mix of oats, annual rye grass, rape seed and soybeans about a month ago (late August/early September) following rye harvest. Very pleased with the amount of forage and soil structure that we have gained. Planning to let cows out later this week if the weather cooperates. Located in north central Iowa.

30 lbs (annual) ryegrass  (10# is enough, but farmer was using up what he had on hand)
20 lbs oats
8 lbs rape seed
Roughly 20 lbs of soybeans ( some seed was 2 years old)

we hauled cattle manure then chisel plowed and field cultivated to work it in before we drilled it.  I agree that tillage will break down some of the soil structure but I sleep better at night when I can work the manure in. I also don’t have access to a no till drill.

I chose annual rye grass over cereal rye so it would winter kill and everything else I planted will winter kill and I am planning to plant corn in that field next spring. If I was going to plant soybeans I would have used winter rye.

the winter rye that was growing previously we combined for seed. The four way mix that is growing now will be grazed and the corn that we plant next year will be combined.