Step by step photography of the farm-to-table process shows exactly how to slaughter and butcher small livestock in a humane and sustainable way. This comprehensive guide includes in-depth coverage of food safety, freezing and packaging, tools and equipment, butchering methods, and preslaughter conditions.
Locally raised animals, humanely slaughtered and expertly butchered. This is the best meat we can eat and, with Adam Danforth’s comprehensive manual, you can learn the skills necessary to take an animal calmly and efficiently from pasture to freezer.
Every step of the slaughtering process—from selecting the proper equipment to preparing, stunning, and bleeding the animals — is presented with careful consideration for the animals‘ well-being and your safety.
Butcher the carcass to maximize food yield and get the cuts you want. You‘ll find various options for breaking down each species, with hundreds of step-by-step photographs that put you at the butchers‘s table to observe the art of cutting and boning, trimming fat, and connective tissue, and rolling and tying.
Scrupulous attention to sanitation and detailed instructions for packaging and freezing your meat for the best quality, appearance, and freshness ensure that the animals you process will nourish and satisfy everyone they feed.
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Hettie N from Florida
I recommend this book to anyone that eats meat. It explains, with photos, where each cut comes from and what makes it tender or tough. It explains the process of obtaining each cut.
Brandon H from West Virginia
WOW! All I can say is wow. This is hands down the most complete home butchering book I’ve ever seen. The written instructions along with the pictorial guidance is far superior to any other book of its kind! Anyone looking to butcher at home poultry, rabbits and small ruminants and pigs this is it!
Makenna J from Kentucky
I used this book as a study book for my sheep raising. I felt I needed to have knowledge about the butchery process. I also learned from here how to process my chickens. Through this book the process went smoothly and I've learned how to do it painlessly, which has always been entirely important to me. I was so grateful to have such a great book with amazing pictures.
Patrick R from Oregon
This is an excellent book with lots of great information. I had the pleasure of taking a class with Adam and he is truly an artist at butchery. This book does a great job conveying the different options and methods. Highly recommended.