Our good friends stopped over on Monday and said, “Do you want a pig?” In our hillbilly redneck world that means they want to know if we want to butcher pigs with them. The freezer is heading towards empty so the answer was a definite YES! It’s not a job I love to do, but the meat is the best and the price is pretty darn good too.
On Tuesday, Hubby and our friend killed and skinned three pigs. They hung them from the ski loader bucket overnight to cool.
Then Wednesday night we went over to cut the meat up. This is not a favorite job of mine but as is said, “Many hands make light work.” This is especially true with this job.
We cut meat from the bone. We saved a few roasts and a few pork chops. The rest was cut up and ground into sausage. Here’s a photo of our daughter Kalissa and our friend Mandy filling the sausage.
Kalissa is turning the crank on the stuffer and Mandy is coiling it into rings. The rings and the pork chops are all going to the smokehouse overnight. I’ll go back to their house today to help wrap the meat.
Our friends have been doing this for years and years…He has done it his whole life. They have all the equipment…grinders, meat saws, tubs, knives, sausage stuffers….and the know how too. All we supply is a little labor.
Butchering is something that I didn’t grow up doing. Yes, we butchered chickens…but not pigs or beef. It’s a hard job…one that I am glad is done for the season…now we can enjoy the benefits of fresh pork.
Today I am hooking up with the Barn Hop….go check out see what others are working on.