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I have also had very customer-friendly experience with North Star Bison, so call and see if they can accommodate your request.

If that doesn't work, go for smaller animals that are slaughtered on the ranch. I go to a ranch that slaughters the animal in front of the customer (on request) and gives you the whole animal. I get a lamb, quartered (fits in the car's trunk better this way) with the offal in a plastic bag. Ask if they have extra parts that other customers don't want, and expect to pay for the extras. A lamb is a month's meat for me, so I'm not driving all the time. Find other ranch items, like good eggs, while you're in the area.

A diagram helps to identify where the organs are, or just eat the whole animal.

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Sour milk with berries?
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:54:51 pm »
Paleolithic-style eating is more about experience than rules. The combination of foods you mentioned doesn't include a lethal dose of arsenic, so any digestive disagreement will pass, and you'll know it didn't agree with you for next time.

Off Topic / Re: What to do with apples and grapes from your garden?
« on: March 08, 2017, 07:01:50 pm »
I do have a dehydrator, but I don't think I would be able to dehydrate such a big amount of fruits. I will try to learn how to dehydrate using the energy of sun.
It seems raisin making is a tough job.

You don't need a dehydrator; they only speed up the drying, but air circulation and insect control (ike screens) is all you need. I've used heavy thread to string up sliced apples, and you can experiment with how thin or thick you cut the apple. Grapes are small enough to dry without slicing.
Also I have to read about tsukemono pickling
I tried making my own tsukemono crock, but I didn't get a good flavor. When I'm in a Japanese market, I always get some of these pickled vegetables from the tsukemono lady, who has a good flavor going. They have a curious (in a good way) flavor.

Women of South Korea live longer than women of any other country. What do they have in their food which make them so healthy? Is it the use of Kimchi type salt pickles?

I'm not the South Korea expert, but I have good friends who are from South Korea, and my sense is that it's way more than kimchi. The older generation (my peers) have a holistic approach to everything they eat and do. I can see this knowledge getting lost in the younger generation.

I live in an area with a lot of first-generation immigrants. Pretty much every nationality brings some incredible but disappearing food and health practices. I find a lot of raw- and fermented-food ideas in the ethnic markets in my area.

Off Topic / Re: What to do with apples and grapes from your garden?
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:12:22 pm »
I would say eat them, too, but when you want to store the abundance, drying is an option for both apples and grapes. Vinegars can be made, too. The other non-cooking "experimental" options that come to mind are salting and maybe tsukemono pickling. You can always share with others, which is the true paleolithic way of dealing with seasonal abundance.

General Discussion / Re: Garden Tips
« on: February 23, 2017, 11:34:27 am »
The good news with heirloom crops is that you can save the seeds from the great ones, so it's worth it to try seeds that "sound" interesting. Keep a garden diary! Each page of my diary is a diagram of each bed or row and what I plant and harvest each month. An underappreciated benefit is the beauty of leafy plants that are flowering and going to seed.

So much depends on your soil and climate that there is no way to really know what will be best until you try it. I'd start with seed-sharing with my neighbors and buy a few seeds that look interesting. Don't forget to investigate favorites from other cultures - lots of folks from the "old country" bring seeds for their favorites.

Online, I've bought from for decades, partly because their seeds are good, and partly because they are a bunch of women. I used to swap on, but I don't think it's worth the effort to offer, search, pack,  and mail.

My main focus has always been to extend the season. In southern California, I was able to garden year round. For the winter crops, I'd buy seeds that grew well in Alaska. In the SF area, I take 2 - 3 months off for winter.

General Discussion / Re: A raw paleo week in the Florida Keys
« on: December 18, 2016, 02:51:05 pm »
I was wondering if anyone knew of an online source which would ship high quality fish direct?

Catalina Offshore Seafood

Off Topic / Re: Give us a laugh !
« on: November 21, 2016, 02:38:07 pm »
That's wierd

I think there have always been emotionally-unstable people who get "triggered" by elections. I had a schizophrenic cousin who committed suicide when Jimmy Carter won the election in 1976; my cousin's suicide note explained in detail why he didn't want to live in a world ruled by Carter. Back then, mental illness wasn't on social media, but it did exist. Of course, there are mentally-well people who don't agree with Trump, but every election in the U.S. has approx 1/2 the voters with disagreement on their mind.

Info / News Items / Announcements / Re: Vice article featuring Me
« on: November 17, 2016, 09:11:17 am »
The Art Magazine wants an email interview, so Ive got to answer a bunch of questions. Im going to start drafting a response and could use some encouraging words and creative advise?

I would take control of the foodie/trendy angle without debunking it. "Sometimes you latch on to a trend and find that it takes you back to something primal, the antithesis of a trend, back to your core."

Derek, I've read your writing and I've seen your videos. You really shine in print! You pull off original thinking without resorting to bullshit. Answer every question like you are opening doors for seekers of the truth.

« on: November 16, 2016, 09:06:27 am »
Because I hang and dry-age all my beef as large, untrimmed, whole muscles, I often get too-dried beef as it ages. I don't reconstitute it in water; instead, I slice thin with the grain and gnaw until I can chew it. It gets softened by saliva and chewing and has a very nice flavor. At this dryness, any fat still yields some delicious grease when chewed.

I buy tiny, dried Korean whole anchovies which can be eaten dry as a snack. (They are also used to flavor broth.) I haven't enjoyed accidentally-dried larger fatty fish because I simply don't enjoy fish fat as it ages, but I'm sure that's a personal preference, not an indication of bad fish.

Hot Topics / Re: soaking pumpkin seeds question
« on: November 08, 2016, 02:31:50 am »
I have always thought that if there is a tiny thing sticking out from my soaked seeds and nuts then it means that they are raw. But you are saying that even dead seed can have this tiny sprout?

Alina: Viability - the ability of a seed to sprout and grow - is affected by time, temperature, and humidity.

In terms of time preventing a seed from sprouting, you can have old, raw seeds that are no longer viable.

In terms of temperature, viability can be reduced by too-hot or too-cold storage, but still not be above the "raw" temperature range.

When it comes to humidity, a seed can sprout from a little wetness but look unsprouted. When you go to sprout it, it won't grow, even though it was never heated.

The "tiny thing sticking out" of your sprouts may be a growing root, or it may be the effect of water to plump up the seed's radicula.

A good way to buy seeds for sprouting is from a company that tests for viability. The package will say something like "98% germination guaranteed." If you want to test a batch of seeds, just count out 100 seeds and sprout them; the number of seeds that germinate will give you the percentage germination rate.

Health / Re: How to keep PTH (parathyroid hormone) low
« on: October 25, 2016, 11:00:03 pm »
I can recall reading calcium discussions in this forum. I have learned about filing bones with a rasp, eating small fish whole, making uncooked bone broth, fermenting with bones, and eating insects.

I don't think everyone here is preparing the bonesj...

I don't understand your "everyone here" thinking? Why use consensus to determine what our pre-agricultural ancestors ate?

Only thing I can think of is fructose, it could be helping the fruit/meat eaters here as fructose inhibits and regulates phophorus absorption, prevents some of its negative effects.

True, there are some locations where meat-eaters had a year-round supply of fructose, but that wouldn't be the "solution" for most of the globe. Nevertheless, that might be why some people swear by dipping their meat in honey. I just can't imagine taking down a meaty animal and then stopping to climb a tree for some honey.

By the way, I apologize for intruding on your discussion of nutrient ratios. I only spoke up because I thought you were filleting out some calcium-rich bones.

Health / Re: How to keep PTH (parathyroid hormone) low
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:34:50 am »
My question is how can you keep the parathyroid hormone low when you're eating a lot of muscle meat (phosphorus) and no dairy (calcium).

Your assumption that "paleo" means eating muscle meat and excluding calcium doesn't match up to my understanding of the paleolithic diet. Paleolithic man ate the whole animal. While I've never quantified my calcium intake, I know that every vertebrate animal I eat contains edible calcium. Greens and other vegetables also contain calcium. My favorite snack is tiny sun-dried anchovies.

Health / Re: Multiple sclerosis and stem cell treatment
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:40:49 am »
I find that raw paleo reduces my inflammation but doesn't cure well-established auto-immune disease symptoms. While I haven't tried everything, I've tried a lot of approaches, most of which were useless.

With Western medicine, I was only offered treatment for symptoms without consideration of causes. My Western doctors mostly shrug and say, "We don't really know what causes auto-immune diseases."

With Eastern medicine, I get a realistic diagnosis and a subsequent cure of the disease. My doctor is a Korean DAOM with a PhD, not just some chiropractor who knows where to stick the needles. He started with a pulse-and-tongue diagnosis and administered acupuncture, herbs, dietary advice, sweating, and stay cupping. He also counsels me along the lines of Sasang Constitutional Medicine, which deals with constitution and temperament. My results have been healing of a painful auto-immune disease that plagued me for over 25 years.

If I were to suggest one thing besides raw paleo, it would be an Eastern doctor. Still, I wouldn't turn down the treatment you were thinking about because you never know what will work until you try it.

General Discussion / Re: do dried herbs still have oil in them?
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:39:36 am »
wouldnt that cost thousands of dollars?

I don't know of an "eyeball" method to determine if all the volatile oils have evaporated from a sample of plant matter. I can't even imagine why that information would be useful, but I don't pry into other people's business.

Bottom line: You asked, "is there still vegetable oil in a completely dried herb?" Since you are talking about determining if minute quantities of several different plant essences have completely left the sample, you'd have to test a sample of the material. You can distill your dried plant matter and see if any oils float on top of the distillate, but that would be an approximate result that wouldn't be accurate to the "none" level.

General Discussion / Re: do dried herbs still have oil in them?
« on: September 19, 2016, 12:06:09 pm »
What does drying carefully entail? If you wanted to dry an herb in such a way as there would be no oil left in it, how would you do that?

Just dry your plant matter in a variety of ways by varying the temperatures, exposure to air, etc., and send your results to a lab for analysis. That should lead you, sooner or later, to the process that works best for your needs. (P.S. Don't forget to have the lab run a batch of your fresh plant matter to quantify your baseline, if you want the results to be expressed in percent loss of aromatic oils.)

General Discussion / Re: do dried herbs still have oil in them?
« on: September 18, 2016, 11:20:46 pm »
So a dry herb definitely has a lot less oil in it than a fresh one?

You would have no basis to jump to that conclusion based on the "fresh vs dry" criterion alone. Some of the aromatic compounds off-gas more slowly than others. And, of course, conditions such as "fresh" and "dried" describe only one aspect of the plant matter itself, but they do not indicate how the plant matter was handled.

General Discussion / Re: do dried herbs still have oil in them?
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:38:11 am »
If you think in terms of volatility, which is the oils ability to evaporate into air at room temperature, I think you can answer your own question. The very reason we smell these plant compounds is that they evaporate into the air and waft to our olfactory organ. Drying temperature, storage environment, and age of the dried matter affect the amount of volatile oils left in the plant matter. In most cases, a carefully dried  and stored sample won't be devoid of oils. If you wanted to quantify the loss of volatile oils, you would extract the oils from both the fresh and dried sample  and compare the yield. You could be less scientific and smell the dried sample to see if any aroma wafts from it.

I don't know what you're talking about eveheart, how in the world is tomato an irritant, and also, most regulars in this forum including you are always talking about the horrors of dairy and vegetable juice just because they cause detoxes that you don't want to endure. Meanwhile not only do I have those, but more to the point of the discussion here, I know that cheese promotes constipation and I still have it because of it's protective and nutritional properties.

If anything, your criticism applies far more to you and to most other regular posters here than to me.

Yes, I see where you could have thought I was criticizing you. I apologize for that. I intended to criticize the practice of treatment of symptoms without diagnosis of causes.

Also, if anybody finds that it doesn't work for them, let me know as well.

Just because something "works" doesn't mean that it heals.

I, too, could "cure" constipation with highly inflammatory foods such as tomatoes, bread, and so on. Constipation appears to resolve quickly as my body rushes extra water to the large intestines to flush out the irritant. That's all well and good, if you don't mind solving a problem with another problem. The quick fix may be expedient, but it really doesn't improve one's health.

What's missing in your treatment is a guiding diagnosis. You are reacting to the symptoms alone while rarely looking for the causes. I don't blame you; Aajonus did that all the time, and you seem to have learned a lot from his work. Treating the symptoms is very popular since the advent of western medicine. While it does make things "easier" for the healer, it takes very little healing skill to look up a symptom and read the cure for that symptom.

Off Topic / Re: Give us a laugh !
« on: September 01, 2016, 02:04:58 am »
UFO caught on tape!!!!!

I really need to start that market garden I previously thought of  in the next few years. Most here  on RPF  seem to be raising their own chickens, growing their own veg and have at least some sort of big backyard of their own. I am just not authentically Rawpalaeo enough..

TD, enough with the generalizations! You're going to give yourself an inferiority complex.

I read the same posts that you read, and there has been nothing to suggest that "most here... seem to be raising their own chickens, growing their own veg and have at least some sort of big backyard of their own." I can think of a few who do, but I can't stretch those few into most without going far, far into a deluded state.

At my previous house, I had been growing greens in four 12" pots. This being California, where most homes have fruit trees, there was also an orange tree in the back yard. I should say: the orange tree WAS the back yard. (Orange trees are not all that big.)

This past weekend, my family and I moved to an inner-city house. I have a bare, sunny, south-facing yard that is 15' square. That's 0.00516529 acre!  There's already a mature lemon tree espaliered along the side of the house. I've started a straw-bale garden on the backyard space, and I'll plant some semi-dwarf fruit trees this winter. I have over 60 years of gardening experience, so I know how to produce food anywhere; I'll probably grow all our fresh fruits and vegetables here if I swap fruit-in-season with the neighbors (fig, apple, citrus, nopales, avocadoes, etc).

Winter is coming. Why not plan a garden for next spring. First step: learn what food plants grow in your climate and your space. Step two: select one or two of those plants and learn when/how to grow. Step three: proceed when it's time to plant. I've seen tiny apartment balcony gardens trellised with tomatoes and cucumbers, enough for a family plus give-away.

And don't forget to plan for livestock (maggots). Remember that Daily Mail drivel you posted about the paleo living simulation? The woman complained of maggots everywhere, not realizing that she was looking at lunch!

General Discussion / Re: SUMMER PICNICS
« on: August 27, 2016, 06:37:21 am »
Do you want to mimic a "traditional" picnic set-up where everybody gets a paper plate and plastic utensils and fills their plate from big bowls of mixed raw foods, such as salads with dressing?

I opt for simple containers with finger-ready foods. No recipes, no plates - pick and eat only, which is okay because my guests are my grandchildren. There is something about "raw" that also says "simple" to me.

Off Topic / Re: Sprouts - a cheap and healthy way to live on a RVAF diet
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:11:50 pm »
I think sprouts are great for three reasons: (1) they are a fast crop; (2) they don't require much space to grow; and (3) they have a wide range of flavors. I never was so hot for alfalfa sprouts - they are thin and bland and available in every market in my area. Sprouts in the allium (onion) and brassica (mustard/cabbage/radish) family are zippy.

Dedicated sprout eaters usually include a variety of sprouted items, such as sprouted legumes, sprouted grains, and sprouted nuts. I don't see why that would be lethal.

I was living in a forested area a while back and grew sprouts because it was too shady for a good vegetable garden. I made a self-misting sprouter with an electric timer and some misters inside a plastic bin with a sprouting medium of GroDan from a hydroponics supply store. It wasn't all the greatest set-up because it was prone to moldiness because there was really no air circulation.

If I were to set up a producing sprouter now, I'd use a vertical rack stacked with gardening trays that are gravity-watered (dripped from a reservoir on the top so that the dripping down waters each level) and rotated so that the newly seeded tray is at the bottom and the one that is ready to eat is at the top for a little sun exposure. I've seen this set-up used by commercial growers of wheatgrass for juicing.

Hmm, I guess dictatorships are the norm, these days.

Dictatorship? I wasn't talking about a government. I was talking about a business, in which the owners gets to run their own company any way they see fit.

You are missing the point, which is that the Guardian takes a Leftwing stance on everything, that is its editorial policy. Technically-speaking, RVAF diets are neither leftwing nor rightwing. So, the Guardian should not really care either way whether raw foods are healthy or not. Having an editorial policy on absolutely everything basically involves a form of totalitarianism where no journalist can feel free to express an opinion of his/her own.

What worries me is that newspapers often force  photographers to, for example,  deliberately portray people as seeming guilty by waiting until the person looks angry etc. even before the person goes to trial.  That is why politicians/celebrities always try to avoid being seen eating in public as they know they look at their worst then.

The editors of The Guardian do get to take a stance on absolutely everything. As an employee, a journalist has to follow editorial guidelines, or start her own paper. Do you work for someone else? then your employer calls the shots. Do others work for you? then you call the shots. Perhaps you work for yourself with no employees; then you are in the minority.

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