I have to say that after getting our milk cow, butchering our first steer at home has to be one of the most exciting homestead adventures we’ve had to date.
After I dealt with the implications of killing an animal that I “knew,” it was incredibly empowering and exciting to have such a hands-on approach to our meat.
I’ve had several of you ask how you can learn the skill of home butchering, and I have been *dying* to share some DVDs with you for a while now.
Ask the Meatman is a family-owned butcher shop that offers everything you need for your first home butchering experience. Not only do they have a detailed Beef Slaughtering and Beef Processing DVDs, but they also carry DVD tutorials for sharpening knives and processing hogs and deer.
My husband and I watched both beef DVDs (as well as the knife-sharpening one) twice before butchering our steer. Even though we’ve cut up deer, antelope, and even beef before, it was incredibly helpful to see the whole process explained in detail from start to finish.
Prior to watching these DVDs, I was embarrassingly uneducated when it came to different cuts of beef… I had no idea where the different steaks or roasts came from, and never really knew what I was ordering in a restaurant. But now I have a much clearer mental image of where the different cuts are found.
These DVDs are pretty affordable at only $24.97 each with free shipping ($39.97 if you purchase both.) The increased confidence we had after watching the DVDs was definitely worth the price!
I would definitely recommend these videos for someone who wants to butcher at home, but has no idea how to start.
The one thing I thought was lacking from the videos was a more detailed description of hamburger. While they do show how to set aside meat to be ground into burger, there wasn’t much info on how much fat you should trim off, or how many times to grind it. For us, it was not a big deal since we’ve done it before. But I think that it is something a newbie would be interested in knowing more about. Other than that, I have no complaints! (I do think this information could easily found from other sources, in case this is something you are interested in.)
We also purchased several knifes and a meat saw from Ask the Meat Man. We’ve been incredibly happy with those as well– definitely high quality, and super sharp.
So there you have it- a wonderful resource for those of your looking towards adding home butchery to your list of homestead skills. Head on over to AsktheMeatMan.com to have a look around and tell them The Prairie Homestead sent ya.
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Disclosure Statement: I received a set of DVDs in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All opinions expressed here are completely my own and I really, honestly, and truly like these DVDs and would recommend them regardless.