Basic No Bones Home Butchering

Home butchering is always going to be messy, but the author's "no bones" technique makes it much less complicated.

no bones home butchering - hindquarters and midquarter meat cuts
The professional butcher would begin by cutting down the spine to split the carcass in half lengthwise. Each half is then divided into hindquarter, midsection, and forequarter. Each of these three main sections can then be butchered into large portions. The smaller drawings indicate a few, but by no means all, of the serving-size cuts and dishes that can be obtained from each portion. In contrast, the no-bones method of home butchering divides muscle groups into meat sections and avoids cutting bone as much as possible.
Illustration by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff