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Pig Errands: Pick Up, Butcher, Make Stock


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It sounds amazing to buy meat from the farmer and all... but what does that really entail? Portland food writer Kathleen Bauer breaks it down for us.

Chops for days!

Spending a couple of hours in a freezing walk-in may not be most folks' idea of a good time, but watching a whiz like Chris work through a carcass is pretty awe-inspiring, and getting a few tips on deboning a belly and skinning cuts without mangling the meat was well worth it. (The right kind of knife and making sure it's well-sharpened are a great place to start.)

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