Thursday, January 3, 2013

Farm Life ~ Butchering

While not our favorite thing to do on our farm, butchering is a necessary one . . . and it is fun to work together, and it's especially nice to see the freezer filling up with so much meat that we have raised ourselves! We've been doing a lot of it lately including the fourteen cockerels that Leah had raised. While smaller than a Cornish Cross, each bird will provide at least one and half meals. Dad did more butchering today so we'll be cooking rabbit in the oven overnight, and then tomorrow morning Leah and I will pick them, bag the meat up, and get it in the freezer! Along with all of 
the rich broth, too. :)

The below photos are from one of our butchering days . . . it was fun working together while listening to music to help energize us!




Packaging and Labeling

We're just about finished with all the butchering now for awhile which I think we're all glad for. :) I'm not sure how much rabbit and chicken meat we ended up with (though I know it is a lot!), and from the above butchering day, we ended up with around twenty-five pounds of Chevon in the freezer. What a blessing!


  1. I've always wondered how people on farms handle the mental part of butchering. Thanks for the informative post my friend.

  2. Amen, what a blessing! It must be a relief, too, to have the butchering done :). We manage a chicken broiler farm, so every three to six months, the whole family (all eight of us!)work together to pluck and cut up chicken for our own use :). Mum is head chicken-plucker while Dad is butcher, and the rest of us are trying to catch up in skill!

  3. I think most ones that grow up on farms or go hunting, know its food on their tables to eat and for many its the only way to have meat on their tables.
    also animals get old and so that is why its needed to use those for food on the tables.
    And for dogs they have too to be fed the scraps.

    My adopted grandma I remember her telling me she and husband had this place they rented and on the property was a smoke house and that is how they survived the depression days raising their 3 children was the neighbours would bring their meats to get smoked as it keeps longer that way and paid them for doing it. She said it was such a blessing for them to have that during those times.

    Like fishing, many live in areas where they catch and eat fish, seafoods, etc. for their tables to feed family and anyone else that comes to the house.

    And huge vegetable gardens saved alot of families in the winter, growing them and then fixing them up and having those root cellars for potatoes, carrots,etc. The huge canning they did up and also canned veggies too.

    They depended and I believe that so many are back to those days in supplying their own food for their tables for families and anyone that comes to be fed.

    I have noticed that lots do the canning, the hunting, the killing of animals on their properties.

    Lots do up vension and have tons from those, roasts, chops, etc. that you can do up.

    One large family I have read really have a line up doing up tons and tons of butchering of what they hunted and chickens and then one neighbour gives them tons and tons of corn on the cob they grow and they do again whoever is available take the cobs and take off the coverings and then blanch then and cut off the corn niblets and baggie it all up and their freezers are so full of food to feed themselves.

    Enjoy that awesome food you are preparing up.

    Does your brother and sil do the same thing?????


  4. Sounds like a very productive week. Filling our freezers and canning shelves has always brought a since of security to our family.


  5. :-) Not one of my favorite things to do either ~ but we're very thankful for the meat too!

  6. It would not be my favourite thing to do either. However I believe that you are doing is the best ethically and environmentally. I am sure you respect your meals and do your very best.

    My eldest is learning to be a chef and he reckons his next apprenticeship will be butchery.

    I amazed that not everyone is wearing an apron. I belong to the apron wearing bunch as I always make a mess in the kitchen. However I can still shower a person and stay dry when showering dad.

  7. How wonderful to see store up so much food and save for later! :) What a blessing! :)

  8. I think I could handle everything except butchering the rabbits. For some reason, they just seem so pet-like to me!:-) Unless they're eating my garden--then I don't feel so kindly toward them!:-)

    ~ Betsy

  9. You’re welcome, Optimistic Existentialist!

  10. Yes, it is a blessing, Maddy! And a relief. :) We just have a few more rabbits to do now, and then we’re done for awhile! With a chicken broiler farm, I’d imagine that you all stay pretty busy. It’s fun working together as a family, isn’t it?

  11. Very true, Kathy! It is indeed a blessing to be able to raise our own meat. That is neat that about your adopted grandma and the smokehouse! I think it would be fun to learn how to smoke meats. Maybe someday!

    Vegetable gardens do indeed provide such nourishing and good food . . . with a bit of investment, a lot of time and hard work, one is more than repaid with so much delicious produce!

    We will certainly be enjoying it, Kathy! And yes, my brother and sister-in-law do the same thing. :) Thanks again!

  12. It was, Mrs. B! Isn’t it wonderful filling one’s freezers and canning shelves? It gives such a sense of satisfaction, too.

  13. I can well understand (and relate!) to that, Mrs. Anne! :)

  14. We do try, Suze! That’s neat that your son is learning to be a chef . . . hopefully his next apprenticeship will go well.

    As far as aprons go, we’re pretty clean butchers. :) I like to have an apron on, though, for ‘just in case’!

  15. I can understand that, Betsy! For me, the goats are the hardest . . . I think because we have so many rabbits that we don’t get as attached to those. It helps, though, to remember that God has given us dominion over the animals and they are to be used for food . . . and also that our animals enjoy healthy and happy lives up until the end, too . :)

  16. What a blessing to have your own meat!

    You know, it's funny, but my grandma (my dad's mom) lived on a farm all her life. She's a mother of 8, my grandpa was a wheat farmer, and they had cows, pigs, horses, chickens, geese, guineas, peacocks, ducks, dogs, cats, and sometimes goats! You name it, they might have had it at one time or other. As a girl I always loved going to visit them because they had so many animals.

    Anyway, my grandma got attached to all of her animals, and she hated to butcher them, so she would sell their beef to other people and buy meat from the store! She did butcher chickens, though, when she had to. And, they did eat their own meat most of the time, but if it was a really special "friend" of hers that got butchered, she wouldn't eat it.

    She lives out on the Kansas prairie and kills coyotes with her gun (when she hears them coming to get her chickens at night). Love my grandma. :)


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