It’s no secret that butchering in the U.S. has found it’s renaissance.
Thanks to offerings from butcher shops like Fleisher’s, Dickson Farmstand Meats and Marlow and Daughters on the East coast, and Lindy and Grundy and 4505 Meats on the West coast, it comes at no surprise that meat lovers are beginning to rebuild a relationship with their meat beyond that plastic wrap on aisle nine.
One of the best parts about the meat fleishgeist, well, the other meat fleishgeist (beyond Meatpaper) is the education. Yes, you can always keep the Sam and Alice a la The Brady Bunch relationship with your butcher, requesting unusual cuts, the freshest meat, and maybe even a date after your purchase, but sometimes, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands.
With a hope and a prayer, a sharp giant knife, (and a teacher to supervise you on the first animal go around), there’s a gambit of whole beast butchering classes out on the meat market raw for the taking. With education comes homework and reading; in the case of butchery, here’s my advice:
Tune in to U Look Hungry today, Thursday December 22nd at 3 p.m. (EST) to hear me chat with former chef turned butcher, Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats, as we discuss the release of his new cookbook, Whole Beast Butchery: The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb, and Pork. If you’d like to see a little preview of the book, check out this succulent video that will have you swooning the minute the spine (of the book, that is) hits the table. Haven’t gotten around to taking one of Ryan’s famous butchering classes, or want to know how to impress your dinner guests with that massive (and unusual) “steam boat” cut or break down a whole pigs head in the comfort of your own kitchen? If all signs point to yes, this books for you.
Stream the live broadcast right here via Heritage Radio Network. If you’re too busy building a gingerbread house, you can download the show from the free Itunes podcast, or listen at your leisure via U Look Hungry.
Whatever you do, get yourself over to 4505 Meats website A.S.A.P.
One word: chicharrones.