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Author Topic: Getting 1/2 Hog/Pork: What to Save?  (Read 4516 times)
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« on: March 20, 2008, 04:59:07 AM »

Hi, folks.  I'm getting 1/2 hog and just gave butchering instructions. 

For my dogs & cat, I'm getting all the trim, plus the heart, kidneys, & liver.  (Of course, they'll also eat the other cuts.)  Do you think I should ask for the ears, snouts, lower legs (hocks?), & hoofs for my dogs?  I was thinking more for chew toys, rather than eating.

How would I fix/cook the ears, snouts, hoofs?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 05:26:19 AM »

purringfur,

I remember one time back home I was at a pig roast and someone gave my friends Golden the pig snout and it made her sick for a couple of days.  Just an FYI, of something I had witnessed.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008, 05:30:56 AM »

The meat market sells smoked pig hide pieces for dogs & mine get them occasionally with no problem.But I know 2 people whose dogs vomit & get the runs from them.Also you would have to smoke them.
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2008, 06:09:00 AM »

Thank you for your quick replies.  I just called the butcher, and everything except the lower legs (hocks?) has been discarded... something about they would have had to scald the items first & didn't engage in scalding...

In any case, my babes will be eating various cuts of pork in a couple of weeks.  (The butcher said cats love the kidneys!  And, I think Kaffe told me her kitties loved pork!)  I'm sure they're counting the days till I pick up the meat.  In a way, I'm sort of glad the other parts won't come through.  My female dog is quite possessive of "treasures," and she's good at finding something, running away, and swallowing it when you come near.  My male would give up an item immediately.

Now, I've got about two weeks to cook some meat in my freezer and make room.  I probably have over 2 dozen small whole chickens in there to cook yet.  They're small, but with their legs stretched out and frozen in that position, the little darlings take up a lot of room.  If I have a couple of mass cooking days of the birds and pull all the meat off the bones and refreeze it, I should have more than ample freezer space for the pork.

Thank you for your help!  I knew I could ask and get an answer here!   Smiley   I'm off to defrost some chickens for cooking! 

P.S. - Could someone please point me to the post to thank Emily & Ben for this web site?  I saw it once, and now I can only find the "sticky" that people can't respond to.  Maybe I'm just blind, but I've looked and looked...  Thanks.

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2008, 09:00:43 AM »

http://itchmoforums.com/suggestionshelp/itchmo-blog-taking-a-break-t4062.0.html

Here you go!  First time ever I've pasted on here.  Hope it works! 
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2008, 09:46:04 AM »

Purringfur, Do you have a meat grinder? I have 2 friends who just put the whole chicken in the grinder and feed it to the cats that way. Then they get all the nutrition.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2008, 04:14:58 PM »

Thanks for the link, Fizzy & thanks for the idea to grind the chickens, Trudy.  I do have an old-fashioned meat grinder, the kind you clamp on the edge of a table.  I haven't tried it, but I remember my grandmother using it to make ham salad, etc.  Do you or anyone know if those old grinders (hand crank, vise clamp holds the grinder firmly to the table, corkscrew-shaped grinding mechanism, top feed chute, from 1920's or 1930's?) contain lead?  It's  a heavy monster, and the color of metal is a dull gray...  Thanks.

The chickens are so small that I'm afraid I'll miss pulling a bone out of them. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2008, 04:33:07 PM »

Purringfur, That's the point as far as what My friends [and vet] say- They can eat the raw bone, just not cooked bone. the bone has all the good marrow in it.
I don't know if it would be lead or not. I'll have to find out, i'm trying to get one myself.
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2008, 04:36:20 PM »

purringfur--
Maybe try a lead test kit on the grinder?  I remember the one my grandmother had, and these grinders were indeed extremely heavy for their size.  I can see why you would be suspicious.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2008, 11:48:02 PM »

purringfur,

Congrats! i may get a half or quarter early summer. My cats and dog like pork. I'm waiting for 10lbs of ground pork/bones/organs to show up in this month's pet meat delivery.  I usually mix clams in with the pork for the kitties.

I would lead test the grinder. if it's safe, you shouldn't have a problem using it. i would protect the counter top by putting cardboard between the surface and grinder clamp on part.
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2008, 04:56:27 PM »

Listen you don't want to feed pork to a cat...and I wouldn't feed it to a dog either.

With cats who are obligate carnivores think: birds! Cats would chase after a pig as a meal.

See: www.catnutrition.org

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