What is Ritual Slaughter?

“The Gourmet Butcher” Cole Ward breaks down the meanings of Kosher, Glatt Kosher, and Halal.

Now What?

Cole takes you through the first steps in learning to cut your own meat - sourcing.

Deer Season

Cole talks about the horrors he's seen when people butcher their own deer.

Supermarket butchers

Cole's opinion of those guys in white coats behind the supermarket meat counter.

Meat Loaf Musings

Cole describes some not-so-honest butcher practices involving meat loaf mix. Buyer Beware!

Unsafe Food

Cole remembers some of the not-so-great things he saw in supermarket meat departments.

Reheating Red Meats

The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.


Should The Gourmet Butcher produce a deer butchering DVD?

Road Trip

The Gourmet Butcher's road trip to the Fair.

See y'all in Pennsylvania.

A brief preview of Cole's presentation at the Mother Earth Fair Sept 24/25 at Seven Springs, PA.

A Community That Feeds Itself is Free

Why locally-raised clean meat costs more than feed-lot meat; the role large USDA-inspected meat processing facilities play in the food chain. Plus a bad joke.