Episodes 63 & 64: Fasting, Fat and Fasting with Fat

In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss fasting and how fat compliments it so beautifully.  They share their experiences with fasting, how it has enhanced their lives, and some of the meaning behind it.  They also suggest ways that fat can be incorporated into one’s practice of fasting. In Part 2, they talk about the challenges of living in an abundant and convenient world.

In the way of side topics, Brandon shares what he has been up to on the farm; and Brandon and Lauren muse over the unique personality characteristics and culinary delights of geese.

Introduction and Announcements:

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Part 1 Show Notes:

  • Brandon’s morning, 2:10
    • Brining and smoking meat, 2:12
    • Planting nut trees to feed animals and pigs, 3:10
    • Planning a new poultry fattening house and a new goose harvest class, 6:56
  • On Geese, 9:25
  • Fasting and fasting with fat, 19:25
    • Our experiences with fasting, 20:28
    • Not all backfat is created equal, 45:12
    • Ways to cure lardo, 51:04
    • Other ways to incorporate fat into your fasting, 55:08
  •  Benefits of lardo vs. fat destined for rendering, 57:26
  •  Tinting lardo, 59:15

Part 2 Show Notes:

  • Why else should we fast?, 1:00
  • Fasting orders the year, 9:32
  • Our need to set limits, 19:35 
    • Our place in the Pacific Northwest, 21:54
    • Of discipline, not necessity, 23:00
  • Of humility and fasting, 27:30
    • We’re more than a pig, 32:00
    • We create waste, 37:00
    • We’re more than biological material, 38:45
  • Fasting puts you in your place, 41:00
  • Membership, 45:33
  • Fasting is no joke, 46:48
  • Learning to be a slaughterman, 52:33
    • Value your own labor, 57:00

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