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Breezy Hill Farm Update Jan. 19, 2020

Posted 1/19/2020 9:24pm by Art Ozias.


  • Yesterday was to be a ground beef pickup day, but we cancelled due to the bad weather.  Luckily tomorrow is a holiday, and we will be able to get almost everybody here for the pickup.
  • This will be our first ground beef day for 2020.  For new people who have recently signed on, we have periodic ground beef days.  We maintain a list of customers wanting true grass finished beef.  As soon as we have enough requests to commit an animal, we schedule with the processor.  The ground beef is in one pound packages.  There is a ten pound minimum.  Some customers get as much as 50 pounds.  Many are repeat customers.  Sometimes we do roasts and briskets.    
  • We also maintain a list for Dirt Hogs.  These are hogs raised NOT on concrete, but on dirt, out of doors.  We do not raise them, but help out several producers in our area.  If they have extras, they call and I pair up either a half or a whole from my list.


  • A 2015 analysis supports the notion that animal fats are a healthy and important part of the human diet, ranking pork lard the eighth healthiest food out of 100

  • Pork fat’s nutritional fitness score was 0.73 — one of the highest scores within the “fat-rich” category. Only dried chia seeds (with a score of 0.85), dried pumpkin and squash seeds (0.84) and almonds (0.97) scored higher, and these seeds and nuts are all loaded with high levels of oxalates

  • Valuable nutrients found in lard are vitamin D, omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats (the same fats found in avocados and olive oil), saturated fats and choline

  • When buying commercially-available lards, make sure they’re not hydrogenated. Most are, and hydrogenated lard will contain trans fat (although products containing 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving can claim to be trans fat free on the label)

  • Rendering your own lard is simple (albeit a bit time consuming). For the highest quality and nutrition, make sure the pork fat you buy is from organic pastured (free-range) hogs

When you get a Dirt Hog from one of my sources, be sure to get your tub of lard. Gilbert's add nothing. I'm not sure about Nadler's. ASK!

The following is what we use for cooking. How about you??

Aside from organic pastured pork lard, other healthy cooking fats include:

Coconut oil  It has a number of valuable health benefits, including a positive effect on your heart and antimicrobial properties. It’s also a great source of energy, thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

When consumed, the MCFAs are digested and converted by your liver into energy that you can immediately use. Coconut oil also helps stimulate your metabolism to encourage a healthy weight profile.  We get ours from Green Pasutres by the gallon

Grass fed butter — Raw, organic butter made from healthy grass fed cows’ milk contains many valuable nutrients, including vitamins A, D, E and K2. It also contains minerals and antioxidants that support good health.

Organic ghee  Used for cooking for thousands of years, ghee is another good choice.  Also, from Green Pastures.

Olive oil  This oil contains the same kind of healthy fatty acids as lard that can help lower your risk of heart disease. While the standard recommendation has been to avoid using olive oil for cooking and to only use it cold, a 2018 study in which 10 popular cooking oils were compared, contradicts this advice, showing extra-virgin olive oil actually scored best for both oxidative stability and lack of harmful compounds produced when heated.

Basic foods like tomatoes, berries, apples, cauliflower and chicken are much less nutritious now than they were for our grandparents. They are significantly lower in basic nutrients and micronutrients, not to mention the 40,000 known secondary plant compounds that we are learning are so critical to our health.




Art Ozias