WOW! The scenery out my window is breathtakingly COLD!!
The children have spent many hours tromping & sledding thru the snow! I'm glad they get to enjoy the snow even if it means soggy, wet clothes to deal with!!😉
AND it makes hungry children!! Which brings me to my latest 'new' recipe!
Want to try different meat for dinner? Why not try rabbit?😋
Rabbit... We've been raising rabbits for several years now & we as a family enjoy this 'other' white meat.
When Loyd was a young boy he had a 'rabbit farm', complete with a sign! He literally raised hundreds of rabbits!! And enjoyed it!
He would raise them & then sell them as meat rabbits. Then as a teenager he started on a construction crew & no longer had time for rabbits.
Several years ago, we had a young guy here helping us out on the farm & he thought Loyd needed to get in the rabbit business again!
Loyd said, " Maybe when my children are older.."
This young guy kept persisting till Loyd finally said, "Well, if you can find a pair of Flemish Giants (a certain breed of rabbits) at the local small animal sale, I'll buy them."
Loyd told me later, " I'm fairly certain the guy won't be able to find a pair."
Well what do you know, the next month at the sale, our young friend bought a pair!! 😆
I still remember his grin when he drove in with the rabbits! And his excitement was contagious!
Never mind we had plans to go on vacation the next day!! Thankfully, the young man offered to take care of them till we got back!😉
And that is how we got into the rabbit raising business!! 🤗
Now we raise quite a few litters per year.
During the summer the children are in charge of watering them & feeding them. We keep them in small pens on grass as long as weather permits.
During the winter we bring them into one of the barns. As spring approaches we will move them back out on the grass.
Once we move them out, feel free to let your children look at them. I'll update you once we have some outside!!
And while we continue to wait for spring... here is a recipe for you to try!
Ready in 1 hour 50 minutes
Serves 6 people
Recipe from Borntrager Dairy
1 (approx. 4 lbs.) rabbit cut into pieces
¾ tsp. ground black pepper
6 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. honey
1½ onion, chopped
¾ cup ketchup
1½ cloves garlic, chopped
2¼ tsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1½ Tbsp. lemon juice
1½ cups water
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Season the rabbit with salt and pepper.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the rabbit pieces and brown on all sides.
Place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the honey,onion, ketchup, garlic,paprika, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and water; pour over rabbit.
Bake uncovered for 90 minutes in the preheated oven, basting every 15 min. Check the rabbit at 60 minutes. Meat should be very tender when done.
Serve with your favorite potatoes & veggies! Delicious!
The other evening, I made this recipe & my family said it was the best rabbit they've tasted yet!!😋
Try the recipe & then comment below what your thoughts are on rabbit meat!!😋