Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

Today we were quite busy.  We took a trip to the butcher shop to pick up our meat.  We took all the coolers and freezer bags we had and still needed more…so the children ended up packing some of the meat in plastic bags and putting it inside boxes.  We froze on the way home with the air conditioner on high!

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Here the boys are unloading the roller rack and packing our hamburger patties.  We are very glad we opted to have 1/3 of our beef put into patties.  They came out very nice…and are sure to be a convenience for me cooking. 

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They loaded the coolers on to a roller cart to take out to the trailer. 

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Almost ready to go…It took quite a while to pack over 600 lbs of meat. 

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A very proud 11 year old stands by the lamb meat he raised. 

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 A very busy 2 year old pushing carts. 

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After a big day, we finally get the last of the meat into the freezer.  We still have a lot of rearranging to do, but at least we have our own beef, pork and lamb stocked at home in our freezers!  And Wow..that is an amazing feeling to raise your own food!  Anyone wanna buy some meat?!!

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10 comments for “Back to the Butcher – Picking up our meat

  1. Carmen
    August 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Paul,

    My husband thanks you for your information. He has a question. Out of a 250 pound pig about how much is going to be meat? I realize that it depends on how lean they are but in comparison between last year’s pig and this year’s pig what would you say? Also, what time of year do you recommend getting the pig? I know you are in a bit warmer climate (we are in northern Indiana), but when did you get your pig?

    Thanks!
    Carmen

  2. Carmen
    August 27, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for the information! We really appreciate it! The info for Becky was very helpful as well! Thanks!

    Carmen : )

  3. August 26, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    YES!!! We want to buy some meat! Can ya overnight it to Texas? Hehe!

    What wonderful blessing!
    Soli Deo Gloria!
    Candace

  4. Becky
    August 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Thank you Paul for responding so quickly! Thank you also for your sincere encouraging words! We own a copy of “Inherit the Land” as well as three other Franklin Springs dvds and thoroughly enjoy watching it. I was thinking that since you and your family have successfully made the transition, perhaps you could tell us what steps you’d taking such as what animals did you purchase first and did you buy from a livestock barn, etc. We will be purchasing books written by Joel Salatin, as we looked for it on our library system and they didn’t have it. We own the following books so far: Newspaper Paper Cardboard and Eggs for Growing a Better Garden (Yepsen), Storey’s Basic Country Skills and Country Wisdom and Know- How. We’ve used the methods as described in these books and have had some success however, we have also learned from our elders and our own experiences (some weren’t so good–potatoes rotted because we found out AFTER THE FACT, that we weren’t suppose to put potatoes on top of the other 🙁 ). Do you have a potato shed or what is your method for storing potatoes? I agree totally that there are many books out there but it would be nice to know which ones are the tried and true. I try to check your website daily as I enjoy reading how God is blessing your family and to give me encouragement. So I’ll definitely be looking forward to your audio series!! Thank you again! Becky Oh, one more thing, please tell Beth that I purchased Passionate Housewives Desperate for God and have read it cover to cover. It is a blessing!! I’ll be reading it again and again! I have also told a friend about it and she too, agrees that it is a blessing.

  5. August 25, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Becky,

    As for books, get any Joel Salatin book you can find, a subscription to the Small Farmer’s Journal or Countryside magazines, and the Encyclopedia of Country Living are a great start. There are many many others that would make a great addition to your library. I tend to keep a look out and buy whatever I can on the premise that “I’ll use the information someday”.

    As to the journey, I think the first steps are different for each family. It depends on your financial situation, your land, family make up, etc… If you haven’t seen the “Inherit the Land” DVD found on the sidebar it is a great resource. The film talks to a bunch of different families who are walking down this path. Their stories and journey are as unique as the different grasses in our fields, but all of them are an inspiration!

    One thing for sure is there is not a wrong way to start. I say that from the perspective that you’ll make mistakes, so just start making them and learning from them and you’ll be on your way. The thing I like the best about the farm is most mistakes don’t matter. Someone might tell you they raised hogs their whole life and they never saw a hog raised the way you’re doing it. In the end, if you get the hog to the freezer and it taste good to you, it doesn’t matter. 😉

    Also, check back with us later in the fall. We are hoping to produce a audio series on our experiences here on the farm. It’s been a fun adventure so far and the whole family is excited about sharing some of our stories.

  6. August 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Carmen,

    This is the second pig we have raised. We took two different approaches. The first one, we kept confined in a 20 x 20 pen and this last one, we just turned out into the pasture with the sheep, goats, and cows.

    Both of them were primarily slop fed, with a little corn here and there, and probably total about 100#s of actually pig feed each that came from our local feed store. (about $8 per 50#)

    The first one was about 150 pounds heavier when we took him in and he was much fatter. Of course we also used a different butcher which made a difference as well. The new one, actually does ham and bacon curing and did a much better job of trimming the fat around the edges of the meat.

    So far we have only had a little sausage and bacon from the new pig, but she was much leaner. I like the exercise from the field and at this point tend to think it makes a good meat, although we’ve yet to get to the roasts, pork chops, ribs, etc… (Boy I’m getting hungry thinking about it.)

    We did no shots on either of them and we paid $.35 a pound for the last butcher.

  7. Becky
    August 25, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Congratualations on raising your own food! My husband and I are interested in agrarian life. We would like to start our journey; what books do you recommend for us? We already have chickens and an Austrialian Shepherd. What are the first steps in this life long journey?
    Thanks for your time!

  8. amys
    August 25, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Hey there-
    Wow! What a great blessing! I know you all have worked hard taking care of your animals to raise for food.
    I wasn’t sure if you were kidding about selling some of your meat? We’d be interested in some beef. You can email me privately
    Blessings,
    Amy Smith

  9. Carmen
    August 24, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I have another question…sorry. Along with costs of feeding a pig, did you have to get any shots for the pig? How much, if you don’t mind my asking, do people pay per pound for butchering? I appreciate your time. Thanks so much!

    Carmen : )

  10. Carmen
    August 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! Next spring we plan to buy a pig to become “freezer pig” (I’m opting for naming it “pork chop” or “bacon”…we’ll see!). We need all the advice we can! How much space does one pig need? Any tips for keeping it in the pin? Also how much do you think you spent to feed it? And…we live in northern Indiana…how long do you think we will have the pig? April thru September? You all have inspired us!

    Carmen : )

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