Last weekend we processed one of our lambs for meat. This unique opportunity gave me with a first hand experience in processing an animal from start to finish. I have butchered many larger animals in the past as well as various small game birds, fowl, and chickens, but this felt like the most the most intense and personal experience I have yet to have with animal husbandry. With taking the life of an animal, I feel it is most important to utilize as much of the animal as possible. In consuming its flesh and utilizing the hides and bones, I feel we honor the animal and keep its spirit with us.
If you are interested in raising animals of your land for food, then certain culinary techniques are essential to learn. Cured meats have an extended shelf life and do not require refrigeration nor fossil fuels. Curing is a form of food security that may become essential in the upcoming years. Curing is the act of food preservation of meats + fish with the use of salt, sugar and/or nitrates.