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Cooking with Pastured Meats:

Cooking pastured meats is far different than cooking the average corn-fattened animal. Our gloriously healthy animals actually have muscles from all their outdoor carousing, so their meat needs extra love and care to break down those muscle fibers. Cooked properly, our meat should never, ever taste stringy or tough. But in the age of microwaves and fast-food, it is challenging to reprogram our cooking instincts and expectations. Our meats will never taste good if you “nuke” them quickly on high heat. They must be cooked over much longer periods of time on much lower heat settings. The marvelous things a crockpot does with grass-feed meats is astounding. If all else fails, just use your crockpot on long and low. But if you’d like to see some of our favorite recipes and additional cooking tips…keep reading!

Our recipes are brilliantly simple. We strongly encourage people to enjoy the ease of cooking with just a few yummy ingredients-nothing fancy. Most of our seasonings and spices are mild enough for all to enjoy. That said, you know what you like. Your family might detest mushrooms or have an unnatural affinity for garlic (as mine does), so never be afraid to add an extra onion or more pepper to taste. It has taken us years of experimenting in the kitchen to discover how to prepare and cook these amazing meats, and we want to pass our knowledge on to you!

If your dish doesn’t turn out well, by all means, call us!!! Our biggest obstacle raising grass-fed meats over the past few years hasn’t been the growing, selling, or processing…it’s been learning how to cook it and teaching our customers too. Our meat naturally tastes better and is healthier than store- bought meat because it is raised differently. Because it is different, it cannot be cooked the same. We want to ensure that you love your food, so never hesitate to contact us with questions, problems, or concerns.


Recipes

Basic Chicken Broth
Ingredients:
· 1 Miller's Orchards Chicken
· Water

Place chicken in crockpot and fill with water. Cook on low for 24-48 hours. Remove and eat yummy meat, then store/freeze chicken broth.

We also use chicken carcasses in the crockpot after parting out our birds. We simply cook them longer to extract more flavor from the bones. Feel free to add seasonings, onions, celery, and carrots depending on how you want your broth to taste.

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Breaded Pork Chops
Ingredients:
· 4 Miller's Orchards Pork Chops
· ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour
· ½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
· 4 TBSP Butter
· 2 TBSP Olive Oil
· Salt, Pepper, Herbs to taste

Put flour and seasonings in a plastic bag, and then shake pork chops individually. Coat the bottom of your baking dish with olive oil, then place floured pork chops in and cover with bread crumbs. Add one tab of butter to the top of each pork chop, then cover dish with lid or foil. Bake pork chops for 2 ½ hours on 250°. Then remove foil, and cook additional ½ hour to crisp up the pork chops. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Sausage
Ingredients:
· Miller's Orchards Breakfast Sausage
· Butter

Shape sausage into small patties, then cover and cook on medium –low heat with some butter until they are cook through. Remove cover and turn heat up for 3-4 mins to crisp the outside. Enjoy!

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Chicken Marsala
Ingredients:
· 2 Miller's Orchards Chicken Breasts
· 1–2 TBSP Olive Oil
· ½ stick Butter
· 4 cups Sliced Mushrooms
· ¾ cup Marsala Wine
· 1 cup Basic Chicken Broth
· Salt, Pepper, Whole Wheat Flour

Pound chicken breasts until they are flat and have an even thickness throughout. Then dredge breasts through flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook breasts in frying pan with oil until both sides are golden brown. Remove chicken from pan and cover. Add butter and mushroom to pan and cook until they are golden brown. Add marsala to the mushrooms, cooking on medium heat until it reduces by half. Then add chicken stock and chicken breast back to the pan and lower heat to simmer. Cook until the liquid reduces into a thick sauce. Enjoy!!

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Country Gravy
Ingredients:
· ¼ cup Bacon Grease (From Miller's Orchards Bacon, of course!)
· 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Spelt Flour
· ½ tsp Salt
· ½ tsp Pepper
· 2 cups Milk

In a saucepan, melt bacon grease. Then stir in salt, pepper, and flour using a whisk. When it is thoroughly mixed, slowly add milk. Continue to whisk gravy until boiling. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

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Crockpot Chili
Ingredients:
· 2 lbs. Miller's Orchards Ground Pork (or mixture of pork/beef/sausage)
· 2 quart jars of homemade tomato sauce or equivalent of your favorite sauce
· 1 Large Onion, chopped
· 1 Large Pepper, chopped
· 1 cup Black Beans
· Seasonings to taste. (My suggestion: 2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp pepper, 2 tsp salt, ¼ tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder)

Soak beans overnight in crockpot with 6-8 cups of water and 2 TBSP yogurt or lemon juice (optional). In the morning, brown the meat, peppers, and onions. Drain and rinse the beans. Put all ingredients in crockpot on low for 8 hours. Enjoy!

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Crockpot Ham
Ingredients:
· Half Miller's Orchards Smoked Ham
· Pineapple Slices

Place ham and pineapple in crockpot and fill ½ full with water. Cook on low for 12-18 hours. Enjoy!

*If the hams are smaller (daisy hams), cook 8-10 hours. If the hams are fresh (not smoked) cook longer- I do 20 hours for a half ham. Also add pineapple during the last 2 hours of cooking instead of at the beginning.

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Crockpot Pulled Pork Barbeque
Ingredients:
· Miller's Orchards Pork Roast (Butt Roast/Picnic Ham)
· 1 Large Onion, chopped
· 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
· Barbeque Rub Seasonings
· Favorite Barbeque Sauce

Place onion and garlic in the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle barbeque rub seasonings over meat- how much is up to you. Also feel free to marinate your meat in the seasonings for up to 24 hours. Then place meat in the crockpot and fill 2/3 with water. If you like using liquid smoke for additional flavor, add 1-2 TBSP now. Cook on low for 10-12 hours. Drain liquid, remove bones, and shred the meats with forks. Return meat to crockpot or serving dish, add barbeque sauce, and enjoy!

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Easy Crockpot Chicken
Ingredients:
· 1 Miller's Orchards Chicken
· Water
· 3 TBSP Sea Salt

Place your amazing chicken into the crockpot. Fill crockpot half-full with water. Add salt. Cook on low for 12-24 hours. We usually remove the extremely tasty meat, discard the bones, and make yummy gravy with the juice. Enjoy!

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Oven Fried Chicken Legs
Ingredients:
· 4 Miller's Orchards Chicken Legs
· 1 TBSP Olive Oil
· ½ stick Butter
· ½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs
· 2 TBSP Miller's Orchards Minced Garlic

Cut chicken legs at the joint, separating into thigh and drumstick. Sprinkle olive oil on the bottom of your baking dish and then add chicken pieces. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the chicken, then put a tab of butter on top of each piece of chicken. Cover chicken and cook on 250° for 2 ½ hour. Then remove cover and allow chicken to crisp up. If the bottom of the dish looks dry, add more butter. We love to poor the drippings over the chicken and rice/potatoes when eating our meal. Enjoy!

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Roasted Chicken
Ingredients:
· 1 Miller's Orchards Chicken
· ¼ cup Water
· ½ stick Butter
· 1 TBSP Sea Salt

Place your amazing chicken and water in roaster dish. Smear with ¼ stick butter. Put ¼ stick butter inside bird. Sprinkle with sea salt and cover. Bake for 3 hours on 250°. If you like a crispy skin, remove lid and allow chicken to crisp for 15 minutes. As always feel free to add additional seasonings like garlic or rosemary. Enjoy!

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