LOTS to do this weekend! We are butchering 4 hogs (yes...from killing to cutting to freezing!). Tim has everything almost ready, and I am busy shopping, cooking, and getting my kitchen/dining room ready for fresh piggy. I will be SO GLAD when it is over. I will be so happy to have a freezer with fresh pork. Years ago when we butchered I cured our own bacon...it was delicious but so much time and space! Took up my whole fridge! We are having hams and bacon done commercially this time. Have someone else smoke & cut! I can deal with cutting and wrapping fresh chops, roasts, etc. We will be making our own sausage also. Will probably do that at a later date. Freeze the sausage meat and take it out and do it all another weekend. We will freezer wrap the meat, but I seal-a-meal the sausage. Just Tim and I usually now, so instead of 2 lb packs we will do 1 lb packs for us. We are splitting 2 pigs with Nick (we will each get 3/4 a pig and a 1/2 for another friend) and then we have friends from church who are taking the other 2 for them and their family to split up. Lots of people here to help! I think there will be 7 of us all together. I hope we can get it all done before Sunday and take a break! Big pot of Chili, Apple Cider, and fresh baked brownies to keep everyone moving and happy!
Have a great weekend all!
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Sane!