We’ve raised pigs in our pig tractor this year. Once they’re full grown, what have we done with them? The very first pig we butchered made his way to a pig roast. For that pig, we (meaning my dad and husband) scalded and scraped it to be roasted whole. The second pig we processed ourselves in the fall, and the third pig we just processed earlier this month (January). Here’s a bit more on how we as relative beginners have been processing our pork at home.
We’re fortunate to have helpful and fairly knowledgable family, some past experience with deer (my husband) and general farm animal processing (my family), and the internet to fill in the gaps!
I’m breaking this up into several posts so the information isn’t as overwhelming, especially if you’re just looking for one part. Here’s the “index” for what I’m adding right now, and I’ll throw in links for the pig tractor/pastured pigs, too.
A few thoughts on Sodium Nitrate
Homemade Bacon– sans sodium nitrate
Homemade Ham– sans sodium nitrate
Our current slicer– A cheap-o from Harbor freight- a review and a few tips
Packaging for the freezer- what we’re doing for now here
Pig tractor post 1– basic construction and little pigs in it- spring use
Pig tractor post 2– how it faired being used over the course of about 7 months- late spring, summer, and fall.
A few end notes on how the tractor faired into the winter is in my post here.