Inspired by last year's trip to France, Matthew decides to add a couple of geese to his menagerie, and while picking them up off a local farmer, he is distracted by a home-built cold smoker. One of Matthew’s visions for the new farm is to experiment with various food processes, and, inspired by the cold smoker, he wants to test new cured products and smoke them.
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4 Jan 2015 - 12:07 PM  UPDATED 10 Feb 2015 - 2:31 PM

There’s a stand of old eucalypts on the new farm which can provide the perfect lumber, so Matthew has a local miller come to fell a tree and a builder help him construct a cold smoker. The Fat Pig Farm apple orchard needs attention, and, after consultation with a local orchardist, he decides to severely prune the trees and graft different apple stock varieties to them, which gives the orchard the potential to have fruit for most months of the year. No apple wood is wasted as it's the perfect wood to be dried, chipped and used in the cold smoker, producing apple wood smoke.

 

Recipe

Slow-roasted smoked goose with cabbage and fennel