9/14/2016 2:21:00 PM
Everyone likes a tasty chicken, but how about what happens during the time between the clucking, feathered bird and the freezer? Here’s a dignified look at a poultry processing day on our farm, feathers and all.
3/31/2016 10:00:00 AM
Harvesting animals is not our favorite part of homesteading, but it is a necessary part. We think the aspect of harvesting, processing, slaughtering, and butchering provides the deepest connection with the land. It is the thing that makes a connection with food the most real.
2/16/2016 10:41:00 AM
This is the second blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers how and why to raise Pekin ducks for a quick and easy introduction to home butchery, food preservation, egg production, and soil improvement.
12/5/2014 9:39:00 AM
I never butchered a deer before, having always spent the money to have someone else do it. But I discovered it is surprisingly easy and worth the extra effort.
5/8/2013 1:12:00 PM
The emotional realities of butchering and processing your own livestock.
5/14/2012 11:47:07 AM
Vermont farmer Walter Jeffries details all the cuts of meat on a pig, as well as many other uses of the animal, from working the soil to providing delicious lard for baked goods.
12/29/2011 10:13:50 AM
Cole takes you through the first steps in learning to cut your own meat - sourcing.
12/13/2011 1:16:07 PM
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
12/7/2011 11:07:37 AM
Cole talks about the horrors he's seen when people butcher their own deer.
11/29/2011 1:33:28 PM
Cole announces an upcoming butchering workshop.
9/29/2011 10:03:09 AM
Should The Gourmet Butcher produce a deer butchering DVD?
8/31/2011 12:23:29 PM
Cole Ward - AKA The Gourmet Butcher - introduces himself
8/15/2011 12:01:07 PM
Fond memories of a self-sufficient farm in Armstrong County, Pa., show how hard work and family together results in a truly meaningful life.
5/19/2011 10:32:25 PM
We raise broiler chickens from hatchlings for a 4-H fair project every summer. This is a fun, managable project that provides us with some fresh poultry meat as well.
4/18/2011 2:54:27 PM
The further degradation of our societal food skills are examined here, with small town food craftsmen becoming an endangered species, in this case, my local butcher.
4/9/2011 10:28:53 PM
Keeping feeder pigs over the summer is a good way to use garden leftovers and produce great tasting home-grown pork!
2/25/2011 9:35:21 AM
Sherry’s son worked hard to raise a goat. Read how he, with the help of family and friends, butchered and prepared the meat for a homegrown Chevron treat.
12/31/2010 6:41:06 AM
As New Year's Eve approaches, friends butcher the ducks they've raised in their rice paddies and share some thoughts on "The Power of Duck."
12/15/2010 10:44:35 AM
Hog butchering was a common farm chore done in the early winter. It provided much of the family's meat in the wintertime. It provides healthful food, exercise and a wonderful experience of community.