Ham shank and bean homestead soup
Many nights on the homestead, our dinner comes entirely out of the garden and freezer. This year, we were blessed to have added pigs to the homestead, and this has allowed us to eat a home grown meal more often. Everyone enjoys bacon, ribs and pork chops, but when you have a hog butchered there are many other cuts that you may not be as familiar with. One of these cuts is the shank. Shanks are traditionally smoked and contain meat and a lot of connective tissue, which makes them perfect for a homestead soup. I will admit that our shanks had found their way to the bottom of the freezer, but after making this soup that will never happen again.
We started the soup in a large cast iron pot by sauteing onions and garlic in olive oil and butter until translucent. We seasoned with black pepper. We then…
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