Monday, December 08, 2008

Pig Butchering

Time to take care of those pigs.

Last night we reviewed the DVD that John and Lisa Mesko of Lighthouse Farm produced, entitled, "Hog Butchering". You can find details of the DVD here. The information was very helpful for today as we got started on processing a pig.

This is what you do when you need some help!

Notice the computer screen in the background is still on Mesko's hog butchering DVD for reference.

Even the refrigerator has been taken over by pig information!

Peter and Jim are working on pork chops (and they tasted very good at suppertime).

Jonathan working on the chops as well.

Andrew was helping with cutting fat to render into lard. We went from the odor of dehydrating onions to lard being rendered. Good thing we aren't expecting company. I neglected to take a photo of David as he helped me package meat.


Anonymous said...

Wow , interesting.

Gp B

Marci said...

Great job!!! That is how we do each new thing as well. Book in one hand, tool in the other.

Maybe you could render the fat outside. :)

Lynn Bartlett said...

Hi Grandpa B! We missed having you over for supper to help us eat the porkchops!

Marci, I was rendering as we were cutting and packaging, so I needed to keep an eye on things. I would like to have some sort of stove some day that I can use outside. Besides, it's snowing!

Lynette said...

I love reading your blog. You have accomplished so much in the time you have been on your "farm". I hope we can get up to visit before all of the kids are grown!!

Lynn Bartlett said...

Thanks, Lynette. Your family sure could teach us a lot of things about farm life. You're welcome any time, but we'd better get the township to plow our driveway first!