I drove up to Knoxville on Saturday to The Modern Yeoman’s homestead for a fun-filled day of pig butchering.
My brother Brian at Flannel Farms invited me along, and we were joined by some other YouTubers, including The Kraemer Life, Billy at Perma Pastures (who was our lead butcher and teacher) and Sang and his family from Growing Little Country Homestead.
Billy’s video was quite entertaining:
And here’s a longer look at the weekend from our host Sean:
It was a very entertaining day. We’re rendering some beautiful lard right now from some the extra fat Sean gave us.
I’m kind of surprised that you all skinned the pigs rather than scalding them and scraping off the bristles.
Is skinning the modern way of doing it?
No, this was a method that Bill at Perma Pastures liked – we got rid of the skin pretty easily, but saved most of the fat. Brian prefers to burn off the bristles with a weed torch. Billy likes this one because it’s easy to perform grid-down, or even in the woods.
…that makes sense. Neat!