Using the Whole Animal Workshop

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“USING THE WHOLE ANIMAL”
PIG SLAUGHTERING & PROCESSING WORKSHOP
with Tamara Wilder

MARCH 11 & 12 , 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
9am – 6pm daily
(with 6-8pm potluck feast & optional camping Saturday night)
Petaluma, CA

Many people who eat meat feel that they are out of touch with the sources and processes behind the food that ends up on their plate.
The knowledge required to efficiently and humanely process an animal into food is an essential tool for self sufficiency.

Pigs are also considered to be one of the most “edible” of animals, meaning that every part can be easily transformed into a delicious dish.
Being omnivorous “garbage disposals” that consume garden, orchard and dairy surplus and transform it into delicious meat & fat, pigs have long provided a staple of food and fat for homesteading families.

Pork is particularly desirable as a meat because it is very good fresh but is also exceptionally tasty when cured and smoked into bacon and ham.
The fat also provides an essential staple for baking and cooking when rendered into lard.

As a group we will slaughter and process a domestic pig.
This includes:
– extracting the innards (heart, lungs, liver, spleen, blood, fat, etc…) and preparing them for a delicious potluck dinner,
– processing the other miscellaneous parts (tongue, ears, head, skin for pork rinds, stomache, intestines for sausages, bones for bone broth, fat for lard),
– cutting the carcass into usable pieces;
– grinding meat & fat and stuffing them into intestine casings

COST: $300 – $375 sliding scale (includes seminar, potluck-style Sat feast, tools, materials & portion of meat and products such as bacon, bone broth, lard, etc….. that we create)

$150 deposit and registration form holds your space.

Registration Form & ?’s: Cole 707-364-4462 or email **colesmith194969@gmail.com
**please note that email on flyer is different and use this one instead. Thanks:)

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Hide Glue Part II: Glue making, the basic essentials

about hide glue headerBy Steven Edholm

Making hide glue, is well within the reach of anyone with access to the necessary materials, and is a great addition to your skill set.  In part one I discussed hide glue in general, what it is, and some of it’s strengths and weaknesses.  This article is a combination of personal experience and research into technical aspects of glue making.  Like most people,  I started my glue making career boiling down hide shavings and stray hock skins, without any further preparation.  Glue strong enough for many uses can be made with little care and marginal materials, but over time and with the input of  glue making professionals of the 19th and early 20th century, I found that a little care goes a long way toward making stronger, prettier and better smelling, glue   Here are the most important basic concepts and steps in making very high quality hide glue.

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Clarity is a good sign. opaque glue is not necessarily bad glue, but clear glue generally indicates that care was taken in processing.

Common materials for glue making are:  Skin (including fish skins), fish air bladders, sinew scraps, and antler.  (Bone can be used to make a glue, but it is harder to make and inferior to glue from the sources we’ll be talking about.) (more…)