Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork:The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
by Adam Danforth
This book is EXACTLY what you need if you have never butchered an animal before and are faced with that task. I had occasion to butcher several roosters in the past. I had been sold 5 roosters instead of the 5 hens that I had been advertised. When they grew up, it got very noisy around here! I thought about giving them away, but knew that they’d be either fought or butchered. I know that roosters ARE fought here, although I don’t think it is legal, and I didn’t want my roosters to end up in the ring. I also saw how the poultry are treated by a lot of people that eat them – I’ve seen many people pick them up by their wings, often breaking them -trying to judge their weight. I decided if my roosters were going to become food, it would be done at my own hand and humanely.
I was so lost – I read a lot of books and did a lot of research, but I didn’t find ANYTHING – book, video, or otherwise, as helpful as this book by Adam Danforth. Adam tells you everything you need to know. The book explains the composition and science of muscle, humane butchering, and processing the carcass. Well, you can find some of that elsewhere, even free, online, but what I couldn’t find was solid information on aging the meat, really practical, need to know things like how rigor mortis works, and ways to make processing more pleasant for you. (Because I found no pleasure in it at all! It was really nasty work, but if I’d had the information in this book, I could have greatly reduced that, and had more tender meat!)
The book is full of pictures and easy to understand directions, as well as more detailed and scientific rationales that will help you understand not just the HOW TO, but the WHY TO.
Well, to finish up my personal story, I just could not eat those chickens. I ended up giving them to a neighbor who traded me a quarter of a deer for them. We learned an important lesson too – we’ll never buy another chicken from anyone, even a nice retail establishment that should know better- unless they are old enough that we can visually sex ourselves.
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