Learning how to butcher our own hogs has been one of the most satisfying and fulfilling things we’ve done on our homestead. There are many reasons one should learn to butcher their own meat, not the least of which is knowing that the animals that will become the meat that feeds our family for the next year lived their lives in such a way that respects how they were created, died without stress, and that every scrap of flesh possible is being utilized is part of our stewardship of the earth. We enjoy the break from the mundane busyness of life and the time spent working together as a family.
Over the years, we were able to gather some resources together that helped us to get through the process with a fair measure of success. I’m sharing those with you here and I hope they will be helpful to you as you seek to learn this new and valuable skill. However, I would like to encourage you to consider coming to our annual Homestead Hog Butchering Workshop where you will learn, hands-on techniques for slaughter & butchering day as well as many ways to cure the meat and use up what might otherwise be considered waste.