Category Archives: Feeding a Farmer

Feeding a Farmer: My Griddle

I have always had a griddle.  I used to have a big rectangular griddle but didn’t like it because when I made pancakes, they wouldn’t cook evenly.  Right where the coil was on the underside of the griddle would heat hotter and away from the coil would be cooler.  That griddle died and my girls bought me a new griddle….same problem.

Then when I was at our thrift store, I saw a griddle that most people around here make lefse on.  I had wanted to learn to make lefse but hadn’t.  The griddle was $10 so I bought it and then it just sat and I didn’t learn to make lefse.  The griddle the girls bought me died and I decided that I wasn’t using the lefse griddle for lefse so why not use it to make pancakes.  WOW…what a difference!!

Now we use it for EVERYTHING!  I could honestly say that this griddle is used five times a week around here.  Seeing how dirty it is gives me proof of how much it it used!

Griddle
Today I am working on making breakfast sandwiches (for lunch)- Ham, Egg and Cheese with a Bagel for the bread along with some fried potatoes.  I am prepped this far along so that when Hubby comes in, I can turn the griddle on and finish cooking.

I make hash browns, pancakes, grill cheese sandwiches, fried left over potatoes, french toast, hamburger, steaks and more with it.  It heats perfectly evenly and heats hotter than any appliance from the local stores.  I love it.  The is no hotter or cooler spot on the grill.  The heat is even.

In my high school days I worked at McDonalds.  I did everything there.  Back then we fried the burgers on a big industrial grill.  This reminds me so much of that grill only a smaller version.  It heats so hot!

If you have tried regular griddles and have been disappointed, like I was, this is the griddle to get.  I looked on Amazon and they have them listed as Bethany Housewares 730 Heritage Grill.  If I could choose my most used kitchen appliance besides Hubby’s coffee maker, I would easily say this is the most used appliance in my kitchen.  It really helps me feed a farm good food fast.

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Feeding a Farmer: Soup is On!!

I have a series called Feeding a Farmer. It’s food that can be prepared in a few minutes to make a meal for those last minute meal times.  To find out how this all originated, check out this link.  Keep in mind, none of these foods are glamorous…they are fast…and not too bad tasting.

The farmer that Hubby works for provides us with all the beef we need in a year.  I love it.  There’s always steaks, hamburger, and roasts whenever I want them.  Those things get used up quickly.  It’s the soup bone, boiling beef and oxtail that I don’t use as quickly.  That has changed a bit since I purchased my pressure cooker….here’s proof…Vegetable Beef soup.


Hubby likes his soup thick..me not as much but I make it his way.

With the pressure cooker it’s so easy.  I threw the soup bone meat, onions and bullion in the pressure cooker and cooked it for 20 minutes and shut the burner off.   I came back to it later after the pressure had released.  The meat flaked off perfectly for soup.  I pulled the meat out, added two large potatoes, two carrots, another onion, alphabet noodles, celery, steak seasoning, salt and pepper.  I don’t measure.  It looked like it needed some color so I threw in some peas and the rest of the salsa from the the refrigerator.  I added a bit more of bullion, put the meat back in the pressure cooker, brought it back up to pressure, cooked it five minutes and YUM!!

A great pot of soup.  Anytime I am making vegetable beef soup, I use the same ingredients.  It always varies a little in taste but it’s always good.

I make a batch of soup, then put it in the refrigerator in quart canning jars.  For a couple lunches that week, we have soup.  I just split a canning jar of soup between two bowls, heat it up in the microwave and give him a grilled cheese sandwich to go with it.  That’s quick good food that Hubby and I both enjoy.  Initially making the soup takes some time but heating up leftovers makes “feeding a farmer” (or anyone else) easy.

Before the pressure cooker…I hated making soup as dealing with the soup meat took so long, now I love it.

Farmer Food: “Funeral” Meat aka Ham Salad

 I have a new series called Feeding a Farmer. It’s food that can be prepared in a few minutes to make a meal for those last minute meal times.  To find out how this all originated, check out this link.  Keep in mind, none of these foods are glamorous…they are fast…and not too bad tasting.

When Hubby and I were first married we were broke….all the way broke…no money at all.  No one could ever accuse me of marrying him for his money but we were in love and that’s what counted.  We ate all sorts of really cheap cuts of meat….liver, braunschweiger, turkey legs, jack mackerel….anything cheap.  One of our other cheap favorites was “funeral” meat (or at least that’s what hubby called it)…actually Ham Salad.


Hubby calls ham salad “Funeral” Meat because growing up every time there was a funeral, ham salad sandwiches were severed for the meal.  My boys love ham salad too so when I was at a thrift store and saw a meat grinder, I immediately purchased it.  For $5, it was a good buy.

Before purchasing the grinder I always bought the ham salad in town pre-made…now, I make it myself.

This is one of those recipes that is completely to taste and how you like your ham salad seasoned.  I grind the an appropriate amount of ham for how many I am feeding.  After the meat is ground, I add mayo, pickle relish, wet minced garlic and pepper.   I’ll make some guesses and say 3 pounds of ham, 1/2 c mayo, 1 heaping Tablespoon of pickle relish and wet minced garlic and 1/4 t pepper.  You may want to add more mayo..whatever is your liking.  Stir that all up and YUM.  Ham salad sandwiches make great summer meal with some baked beans, watermelon and cucumber salad.

In the summer hubby prefers lunch to be a light meal and this is a perfect summer meal…or a perfect fall meal when he’s in the combine.

Farmer Food: Beef Tongue

I have a series called Feeding a Farmer. It’s food that can be prepared in a few minutes to make a meal for those last minute meal times.  To find out how this all originated, check out this link.  Keep in mind, none of these foods are glamorous…they are fast…and not too bad tasting.

Yep…you read that right….Beef Tongue.  I know many of you will stop reading right there and I’m okay with that, but I like to keep what I write about on the real and fortunately (or unfortunately-however you want to take it) cow tongue is a food that Hubby eats and likes, so I make it.

This isn’t necessarily a fast food but it can be made ahead of time so it’s ready anytime Hubby walks through the door.

When the farmer that Hubby works for butchers, we always end up getting the tongue meat.  Hubby grew up eating it and thinks nothing of it.  I didn’t and can eat it as long as I don’t think about tongues or licking while I chew :)

To make it I just pop the tongue into the pressure cooker with water and beef bullion.  Once it’s cooked, I take it out and skin it.  (I didn’t include that picture so not to gross some of you out.)


There is a texture to the meat that I don’t like so I chop it up in the food processor until it’s fine.

Then I add a combination of chopped onions, pepper, garlic and horseradish along with some mayo.


Like this, it actually tastes good and I can’t really tell the difference in taste between it and regular beef.   Spread this on bread with a tomato and lettuce and it make a pretty good sandwich….and that’s how I feed my farmer.