So tomorrow evening i am leaving for the farm and we are butchering 6 pigs tomorrow. Most between 250 and 275lbs. This is the first year that i am buying a whole one for my family so it's exciting in a new way i suppose. Anyway what i'm wondering is what cuts should i keep and what should i not bother keeping whole and making my ground pork with.
I'm for sure keeping my bellies intact as i have to try and make bacon this year. And i am keeping the standard cuts ie ribs, tenderloins, chops, shanks, loin chops, perhaps a ham or two to try and smoke. what i don't know is some of the more obscure at least to me cuts. The picnic for example. I really want to make amazing pulled pork and from what ii understand thats the one to use but i'm not super confident in my abilities to properly cut them out. I've been watching some online tutorials on how to butcher a pig and i must say there is a really good one on "legourmettv" the butcher does a really good job of running through it step by step but it is a lot of info to take in all at once.
any way before i right a essay here just thought i would throw this out there and see what you guys have to say about it. I hope to have my proofer/soker operational very soon so that i can start smokin away asap.
one of the things i am most looking forward to is making the bacon, or at least eating it. However it is a little donting as i've never done it before. so some more advice on that would be nice. I've read a few recipes and q/views on here already but am not sure what to try first. How small of a batch is acceptable for trying?
And for curing i have 10 lbs of prague powder. i got it from a local commercial supply store but i didn't get the packaging. I spoke to one of the sales peaple there to find out if it was cure #1 and all he could tell me was that their prague powder does not contain nitrates. he even went to say nitrites all right nitrates not so great. So am i ok to treat this as cure niumber 1??? he also said it was 5 200. as in parts per million. I'm headed there in the morning to buy some lamb casings so i'm gonna ask to look at the bag and try and figure this out.
so there is the begining... i hope to have some good info and perhaps pics soon. can't wait.