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Meat Processing
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Got together last weekend with some buddies and butchered up 6 hogs. Had a blast. Friday afternoon we killed, skinned, gutted and halved. Saturday we cut up the heads, cut up the halves, ground sausage, packaged everything, made scrapple and sent the hams and bacons to my dad's to be cured and smoked.

I only took half of my bacon to be made into bacon. I left the other half on the ribs to make really thick country ribs. I can't wait to put them in the crock pot. I turned 1 of my hams into the roasts since my wife doesn't like my dad's country cured ham and I had 1 ham cured and sliced into steaks as that is enough for me for the year. I took half of my ground meat and seasoned it into sausage and stuffed half of the sausage. The other half of the ground meat we left plain to use as pig burger. I cut off the shanks of the ham that I cut into roasts as well as both shoulders to be cured. Those little shanks make great bean soup. As for the bacon to be made into bacon we left in uncured this year due to my wife not liking how salty and smokey country cure is. I took it home and sliced it up on Sunday. I fried some up and it was really good. She likes it so it wont go to waste. We still have a bunch of bacon from last year because she doesn't like it. I use it to season soup and beans and such to help dilute the strength of the cure.

Now that I have a brand new pig in the freezer, I plan on taking some of the old roasts from last year out, thawing them and then canning them in pint and quart jars so they don't get freezer burnt. This way they'll stay good basically forever.

Lets hear your butchering stories is any of you butcher.
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sleeper78;50784 Wrote:The only problem I see with the grinder and the drill is the speed. Those old grinders weren't designed to operate at that high speed. I can only speculate on how quickly the blade and die as well as the bearing in the back of the auger would wear out at those speeds.

find a older corded 1/2 inch drill that has two speed ranges. Milwaukee is what i use. it will turn it slow and have plenty of power.
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goofin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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goofin;75142 Wrote:
sleeper78;50784 Wrote:The only problem I see with the grinder and the drill is the speed. Those old grinders weren't designed to operate at that high speed. I can only speculate on how quickly the blade and die as well as the bearing in the back of the auger would wear out at those speeds.

find a older corded 1/2 inch drill that has two speed ranges. Milwaukee is what i use. it will turn it slow and have plenty of power.

Another option might be the motor and pulleys of an old 9" drill press. Changing the pulley ratio would change the speed. If you need to vary the speed more than that, a Variac would work.

[Image: variac_1.jpg]
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streaker69;75144 Wrote:
goofin;75142 Wrote:find a older corded 1/2 inch drill that has two speed ranges. Milwaukee is what i use. it will turn it slow and have plenty of power.

Another option might be the motor and pulleys of an old 9" drill press. Changing the pulley ratio would change the speed. If you need to vary the speed more than that, a Variac would work.

[Image: variac_1.jpg]
oh man i know where one of those are at too
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goofin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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goofin;75163 Wrote:
streaker69;75144 Wrote:Another option might be the motor and pulleys of an old 9" drill press. Changing the pulley ratio would change the speed. If you need to vary the speed more than that, a Variac would work.

[Image: variac_1.jpg]
oh man i know where one of those are at too

Me too, in my garage. Smile
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