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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The World's Piggest Shave

There's more than one way to skin a cat scald a pig, so the story goes.


An integral part of the pig butchering operation, the hair-removal is one of the most talked about aspects of the procedure with everybody having an opinion on the right way to do it.
We 'dunk' our freshly slaughtered pig into a bath of 67 degree Celsius water.  Remove him from the water and the hair scrapes off easily.
Usually.
Yesterday, with a blustery wind present we can only think he cooled too quickly.
Enter the Gilette.
The closest shave a pig can get.

15 comments:

  1. Oh my! I never knew. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to eat crackling ever again.

    Look at Angel bum!

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  2. Classic - love the way your kids pitch in and help! The girls are definitely not "girly girls"! They'll be fabulous "farmers wives" one day!

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  3. oh my gosh. :)

    our piggies come today, so excited!!

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  4. Mother Of invention ! LOL
    I hope Gilette pays you will...

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  5. This brings back memories. We would use saucepan lids with "sharp" edges that, when angled correctly, shaved the hair off beautifully. Then when the skin had cooled we'd move on to butchers knives to finish the shave. My brothers and I would then throw the guts at each other. Many a time we were slapped in the side of the head by a flying pig lung. Ah, those were the days, when our biggest worry was whether we ducked soon enough or not. It was so much fun.

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  6. He's a fine looking roost lol. I would love to get 2 piglets but this looks like a lot of work.
    We need more pics and meat bird pics too.(please)

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  7. Now I grew up on a farm (sheep) where we slaughtered our own meat but I'd forgotten and must have gone soft. Yikes. These days I hate it when my pinks ask me where meat comes from. I'm a failure of a farmers daughter!!

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  8. It's good practice for when they have to shave their legs!

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  9. HAHAHA Love the ANGEL pants... The best thing to wear when shaving a beast. Love it!!!

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  10. I think that Fiona will be wearing long pants when she has to go to town next, seeing as her supply of razors seems to have been used de-hairing the pig! ;-)

    We had a pig last year - kids and I called him "pet", husband called him "pork chops". Guess who is now in the freezer?

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  11. Now that things have settled down in Canada I feel like I can re-start my goals for this year! It's been an up and down five weeks. As for duck recipes - can't help you there. I hardly ever/never cook duck. My Mum would roast them when we were growing up and we'd have wood duck stew, complete with buckshot, occasionally. My favorite duck eating experience is Peking Duck at a Chinese restaurant. Might be similar to the recipe you found?

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  12. LOL That looks like scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush ;)

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  13. Old Di used to cook braised duck for my foreign students and a Vietnamese neighbour used to cook fried rice. The students loved it!

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  14. Fiona - re horses...feel your pain - it took two or three rather frustrating "we wanna have a ride!" horse catching sessions for me to slap myself and remember that you catch more flies with sugar (or something like that!) :-)

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  15. ps. no yards, hence the sweeten em up policy!

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