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butchery class

lots of people have asked about the butchery class that we did a few month ago.
basically there were 2 responses from friends & twitter lovers.   either:  a) why? that sounds gross.  or b) cool!  how did you do that?

well, to be honest, it was a bit of a whim.
it was nothing i’d ever considered, but when the opportunity presented itself, it really seemed to easily fall in line with my dedication to really KNOWING what i was eating and focusing on local, whole ingredients.
plus, i’m a total whore for knowledge.  my brain craves being filled with as much random knowledge as possible.  its how i become such a know-it-all.

so a few months ago a groupon appeared for butchery classes at Big Lou’s Butcher Shop.
i had been looking for something fun to do with my husband ~ you know, like a hobby or some junk, and my pal moonbeam (of metal & muffins fame) is always down for some pig handling, so it really just all seemed to make sense.

so we each paid $100 in exchange for a class that lasted a few hours and a take home of 20lbs of pork each.  give or take.
a pretty solid deal IMO, since 20lbs of organic local pork would probably have been in that price range anyways.

the class itself was quite informative.  good class size – 6 of us and the instructor moved things along at a  good pace so it kept it interesting.

we started with this:

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basically it’s half a pig.  or a pig cut in half.  depending on if you’re a glass half full person or not 😉

after being shown all the parts (ie – this is where the bacon comes from… this is a ham…) then our instructor started breaking it down.

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and then it was our turn…

my husband was pretty eager to get in there and make the magic happen.  me & moonbeam took a backseat for a bit, but don’t fear, we made our mark.

here’s my husband removing the pork tenderloin.  the delicious delicious tenderloin.

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and then he got to do the real fun stuff… because all men like taking a saw to a carcass.  essentially he’s separating the ham from the midsection where the ribs will come from.

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now, here’s a few shots of me cleaning up a piece of the piggie… for the life of me, i can’t remember what i’m doing from these pictures, so… you know, just make up something good.
(but my hair looks fabulous)

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there you have it.  our butchery class highlight reel.

it was pretty awesome and i would definitely do it again and recommend it.
i really enjoyed the understanding that i gained about the process that generally happens behind closed doors.  and i genuinely felt like i acquired some life skills that not everyone has.

our instructor mentioned that they will be doing game classes, and indeed, i see them on the web site now.
http://biglousbutchershop.com/bouchery_classes.html

as much as i would be totally into learning how to do a whole deer, the $250 price point is a bit high for me.  $500 for both me & my husband to go?  eeesch, that’s half a trip to vegas.
so i’m going to keep my eye out for a future groupon or deal and maybe something awesome will happen. for me, the $100 class was just right and i felt happy paying it.  even $125 i might have done.

anyways, this experience also left me with an amazing amount of pork.  40lbs between my husband & i.  the big prize was a 16lb bone in shoulder.  it’s going to make magical pulled pork.  i just need to find some pig eaters to help me with the sexy results.  *currently accepting applications*

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