Hog Harvest – Part 2

There are 2 parts to the Hog Harvest blog for 2 reasons.  The first reason is because we raise 2 hogs each year and the second reason is because of how we chose and ultimately had to harvest them this year.

As I mentioned the first hog was taken by our local independent processor to be skinned and quartered, then I made the finished cuts.  The second hog wasn’t harvested until after I cut my finger trying to process venison ribs.

Again we called on our local processor for help and again they did an amazing job with it.  They did the full job from beginning to end including grinding and packaging the sausage.   I feel very lucky to have been able to call on them for help.

The bacon from the second hog is in the curing process now and we will be smoking it this weekend, along with some hams and hocks.

This time I chose to have the back straps cut into bone in pork chops that are honestly the nicest pork chops I’ve ever seen.  This requires skill and a saw, just like the ribs do.  Clearly a skill I have not mastered yet but have begun the lesson the hard way.

We also have a bunch of ham steaks, and lots of sausage.

My Mother came over for hog #1 and helped the Z Man grind sausage, here are some cute pictures.



This one isn’t funny anymore 😉   Notice the Z Man’s hand/finger.

I love the expression on Mom’s face.


So the 2016 hog harvest is done and the freezers are full.  We are very blessed.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Till next time,



Then This Happened


While processing this big fella…


Hadn’t  I just said that my butchering skills had gotten better….

As I was attempting to cut ribs with my butcher knife (all the while knowing that I should have been using the saw or a cleaver) I almost cut my left index finger off.  Ok, so it wasn’t almost off, but it turned out to be pretty bad.

I went to the doctor, got antibiotics to prevent infection but 7 days later I was seen by an orthopedic surgeon because it wasn’t healing right and the end of my finger was curling up from the tendon being cut.

The next day I was in the hospital having surgery.

It’s healing well now, but it’s slow going.  It’s not easy doing things with one hand, and some things just can’t be done but I’m so blessed that the  Z Man has been taking care of me and everything else that needs to be done.

This very costly experience comes with a lesson, use the proper tools for the job and be more careful!

So, that’s whats been happening (or not happening) on our little homestead.

What’s been happening with you?

Till next time,