Whole Hog Butchery

Dates & Times:
May 21, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Sustainable Food Center
2921 E 17th St Bldg C
Austin, TX 78722 (view map)

Sharpen your knife skills, learn where your favorite cuts of meat come from, and meet a local farmer in our Whole Hog Butchery class! 

Join professional butcher and co-founder of the Central Texas Meat Collective, Julia Poplawsky, in SFC's The Happy Kitchen and learn how to break down a whole hog, transforming it into roasts, chops, ribs, pork belly and more. Learn what to do with the trimmings, skin and bones, and pick up tips for preparing and curing meat at home. Also joining us will be Leah Gibson, owner of Boxcar Farm & Garden, to talk about the pasture-raised, heritage breed hog that we will be using in class.

To allow time for one-on-one instruction and in-depth discussion, class size is limited to 12 hands-on participants.

Class will cover: 

  • bulk meat sourcing tips;
  • basic hog anatomy; 
  • safe handling of meat, knives and butchering tools; 
  • how to break down a whole side of hog into cook-ready cuts of meat; 
  • how to use the leftover bones, trimmings and skin

You will work together with Julia to produce all the cuts. Please wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothes, hair up or covered, and bring a full coverage apron. Knives and cutting gloves will be provided. Bring a cooler or insulated food bag: you will take home what you work with in class, approximately 10-15 lbs. of meat, bones, trimmings and skin. 

We will not cook in this class, but charcuterie and wine will be provided. 

Classes are for adults. Youth ages 12 and up may attend with purchase of an additional ticket and close parent/guardian supervision during class.

Registration closes two business days before class. All attendees must purchase tickets to attend. No walk-ins allowed.

Hands-on Price: $200

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