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Butchering/Slaughtering
October 7, 2009
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CindyP
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You will have a HUGE turkey dinner!!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

October 8, 2009
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I should do a Chicken in the road, turkey dinner LOL

October 8, 2009
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Flatlander said:

I should do a Chicken in the road, turkey dinner LOL


...and invite us all!  Sounds like a great idea!   Wink

October 8, 2009
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I dont like turkey, but I'm there!

October 8, 2009
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How about home made pumpkin pie, you like that?

Got to go an start some baking today.

October 8, 2009
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Pumpkin pie is my favorite ...... I make pumpkin squares, pumpkin pie filling on a cookie crust with some whipped cream .... I love love love pumpkin.

October 8, 2009
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Well you live close to me…come on over and have some turkey too.

For the ones who have “trouble” reading my Dutch blog, here is the link you can read it in (some sort of english.)

http://thehomesteadersbasic.blogspot.com/2009/10/butchering-day-evening.html 


October 8, 2009
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Close .... well, closer than others I suppose.  My brother lives in Saskatoon ..... maybe they need a turkey dinner!!

I am afraid my Thanksgiving weekend is devoted to work .... :(

October 8, 2009
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When I was younger, we raised almost all of our food, I have helped with burchering and hope I never have to clean chickens again.  Daddy took the larger animals to a processor, but we did all the rest including rabbits.  Never again!!!!  

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October 8, 2009
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I can certainly see where it gets a little old after a while Jeannie. Not something I want to do a lot of.

October 9, 2009
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It seems that the older I get, the more sensitive I am to certain smells, I don't even like to smell meat cooking.  I just get queasy thinking about butchering.   As long as I can go to the meat store (?) , I know that the meats there are local and raised in a better environment than the large “farms”.   I don't know what to call the place-meat store, butcher shop ??  This place has been business for a very long time, the same family runs it.  They produce, butcher and have a retail shop in the country.

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February 22, 2011
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WV_Hills said:

I wonder how a turkey fryer would work for scalding the chickens before plucking. The turkey fryer is designed to hold enough oil (or water) to cook a turkey, so a chicken should fit nicely even with the feathers. The thermostat should hold the correct temperature, and the propane tank hookup would mean I could have the hot water available in the yard where I want to do the processing without having to heat and carry water from the kitchen, or building a fire to heat a drum full of water.  I'll probably want to skin most of the chickens just because it's easier than plucking, but I'd like the option to have a few whole chickens to roast.

 

What do you think of the turkey fryer idea?


I know this is an old post. If you did not try the turkey fryer it works great.
February 22, 2011
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I am sad to see this topic stopped in 2009. It is a difficult topic I understand. We process all of our meat. You name it beef, pork, deer, all poultry. As a matter of fact for the last several years it is me not we. I love to be in the butcher shop with the radio on "working down meat". Rendering lard and making cracklins ! Call up a few friends, after the craklings are pressed and the lard is dipped into containers leave just enough in the kettle to fry fish and potatoe's ! ummmm.

I have just started learning to make and smoke salami's my brother is an ACE at salami making so I have a good resource. My husband made a smoker for me out of an old upright freezer. It still needs some bugs worked out but that's OK we will get it. I did smoke a turkey in the home made smoker for thanksgiving and it was great.

At some point I would like to try scrapping a hog and cooking it in the ground I have never done that would like to hear from someone that has. First attempt at scrapping was not the best. For now we skin pork.

I hope some of you would like to continue this topic, and share tips.

February 22, 2011
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We didn't scrape a hog, but we butchered one with NO TOOLS and NO EXPERIENCE.  I've butchered small animals before and watched a cow being butchered.  We were given a hog with a hernia, so the butchering was a little more difficult.  We did it all in the side yard on a couple of saw horses and boards.  We had no idea how to cut the pieces we needed - we had no way to smoke anything.  We just cut it into manageable pieces and got it wrapped and put in the freezer.  The only thing you can recognize are the ribs - which we've thoroughly enjoyed.  The experience was definately worth the amount of meat we got.  It was exhausting!  We have had lots of pork stew, roast, I've ground some and made sausage and chili, and stir fry.  So, I admire anyone who can butcher and actually do a great job of it (and love doing it).  I'm getting old enough, now, that I don't believe that I would tackle another hog . . . . . no

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February 22, 2011
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I just remembered something . . . . I DID butcher a deer when I was younger - but my Mom was there to help and she knew all about it.  Again, that was exhausting!  But, it was a good deer!

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February 22, 2011
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When I was a boy we raised pigs and at butchering time, a man with a trailer equiped for killing and butchering would be called. The trailer was furnished with a bathtub for scalding the pigs, a chain hoist for lifting the carcass and a bench for scraping and cutting. The pig was hung for gutting and splitting. There was a fire box underneath the tub for a wood fire that heated the water.

February 22, 2011
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When I was a child we moved off the farm to a rural area and my parents would butcher chickens in the basement.  Mom had an old gas stove down there and I remember the sights and sounds and smells.  I didnt like it.  It gave me bad dreams for years.  chicken chicken

February 22, 2011
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I only butcher chickens and turkeys, but help a friend with butchering cows (and buy a halve from him) and he helped butchering our pig.

I like butchering..I don't like the killing, when he kills pigs or cows..I'm not there, I hold my turkeys when he or hubby kills them...but I don't look

Peter(my butcher/farm friend) told me about a smoker out of an old fridge, how did your husband made that smoker Gail.

I know there are OLD fridges in the back of our farm, I would love to turn one into a smoker.

February 22, 2011
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Here is a link to homemade smokers.

February 23, 2011
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If the smell of butchering is what is bothering you try a little smear of Vicks or other menthol salve on your top lip,  it can help.

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