Cured meat

How Long Does Cured Meat Last?

Cured meat seems like a terrific counter to meat’s limited shelf life. But how long does it actually last? Here we’ll dig deep into the process of curing meat, why it works as a method of preservation, and learn how long cured meat lasts. What Is Cured Meat? Essentially, cured meat is a way of increasing the product’s shelf life. …

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How to Use a Fermentation Airlock

Fermentation is both an art and a science. As with any art or science, it requires the proper tools to execute successfully. A fermentation airlock is an essential piece of equipment for any home-brewer to know how to use. Fortunately, they are cheap and easy to figure out! Is a Fermentation Airlock Necessary? Some types of fermentation require airlocks and …

Our Most Unique CoolBot Build Yet: Matt Aderhold’s Silo

Matt Aderhold transitioned from his career in residential homebuilding construction to inside sales of construction equipment about six years ago. Now he manages a large rental fleet of heavy machinery and sells supplies, which grants him more benefits than his previous work. Growing up in South Dakota, Matt has been an avid hunter his entire life, since about the age …

top crops for small farmers

Top 16 Crops for Small Farmers

Small farmers have much to consider when choosing their crops. How much does it cost to plant an acre? How long will the crop produce? Are the labor requirements high or low? Is the crop in high demand or high supply? Is the crop prone to failure with an early or late frost?  Farming requires accepting a certain amount of …

home cured meat

The Modern Rules to Home Meat Curing

Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, pepperoni, bacon, and pastrami are some of the most common types of cured meats. Most people will buy these items in a store or a restaurant, but they do not have to be exclusive to the professionals! Curing meat at home is easier than many people may realize, and it can produce extremely satisfying results. Today, let’s …

hydrocooling for produce

Hydrocooling: The Dos and Don’ts for Your Crops

One of the best ways to maintain market-ready freshness to your fruits and veggies is to have a solid post-harvest cooling system in place. Use the tips below to find out if a hydrocooler might be right for you! What Is Hydrocooling? Hydrocooling is the process of bathing fresh produce in freezing water to remove heat. Methods of cooling fruits …

fermentation

How to Avoid Krausen Blowout (Fermentation Overflow)

Any seasoned beer brewer has had their fair share of Krausen blowouts. Sometimes these blowouts result in vigorous beer geysers that reach the ceiling! Other times they are gentle, frothing overflows, which cover the floor in sticky, almost-beer. What causes this surprising, bubbly phenomenon? What Is Krausen? Krausen is a foamy byproduct of beer fermentation. After a brewer boils the …

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The Best Ways to Chill Beer Fast

We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to have friends over, show the game at your house, or entertain guests for dinner. You were well prepared ahead of time and went to the store to buy beer early in the afternoon. But when you got home, the beer never made it into the fridge! Now, people are arriving in 30 …

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The Only Hack Farmers Should Care About

It’s always been tough to be a farmer. That’s why farmers have to be resilient and come up with their own hacks year after year. Today, however, it’s become even harder. Farmers are plowing acre upon acre of produce during the COVID-19 crisis because consumer demand has changed so much, so quickly. There are people desperately in need of food …