Nose to Tail Pork Processing Workshop
Saturday, October 11 through Monday, October 13, 2014 in Unity, ME
All Three Days: $200 per person
Fees cover materials, take home documentation, a light breakfast, and a delicious lunch each day.
On Day One (October 11th) we will demonstrate humane slaughter, and the efficient preparation of the carcass for subsequent processing. Pigs will be processed in two ways; one will be scalded and scraped, the other skinned. Participants will have the opportunity to safely participate in the harvest and processing. After creating a clean carcass ready to be broken down into primal cuts, there will be a traditional butcher’s picnic, serving several primal parts of the butchered pig to give thanks to the workers and the animal itself. Following lunch we will cover a history of the animal, discuss hog husbandry and feeding.
Day Two (October 12th) will begin by taking the cooled carcass and breaking it further into the major cuts: shoulder, loin, bacon, and hams. Each cut will be considered for its properties, and we will demonstrate storage and preparation of all cuts, including methods of salting and smoking the meats. Paul and Brendan will lead this section along with guest chefs and butchers who will lead the section on carcass breakdown.
On Day Three (October 13th), we will further process cuts into fresh and preserved finished products, including sausage (fresh and cured), ham, bacon, pates, and lard processing. Various cures (wet and dry) will be discussed and demonstrated. Brendan will lead the third day assisted by Paul and other visiting food enthusiasts.
The Nose to Tail Pork Processing Workshop will take place at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. All equipment for the workshop will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring own knives on days two and three if they would prefer working with those. Lunch will be provided each day and will include a variety of fresh pork cuts.
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