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Please Explain: Butchery

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sam Garwin and Ryan Fibiger from Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport, Connecticut, talk about the importance of local, humanely raised meats. They explain the various cuts of meat, how they’re best prepared, whole-animal butchery, knife skills, and how the sausage is made.

Guests:

Ryan Fibiger and Sam Garwin

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Comments [10]

Francine from New York

Kosher slaughter is not necessarily humane. Sometimes (I hope not all the time) animals are hoisted up by their hindquarters while still totally conscious before the neck is slit, and this is very painful. Hopefully more widespread knowledge of this practice will help curtail it.

Dec. 13 2013 02:01 PM
Batya from Washington Heights

Please make correction: Kosher meat is not "blessed" by a rabbi. Kosher meat is more expensive because of 1) supervision by an expert in the laws of kosher preparation and production and 2) the relatively small demand.

Dec. 13 2013 01:56 PM
Batya from Washington Heights

Please make correction: Kosher meat is not "blessed" by a rabbi. Kosher meat is more expensive because of 1) supervision by an expert in the laws of kosher preparation and production and 2) the relatively small demand.

Dec. 13 2013 01:56 PM
How many head of cattle?

What kind of volume do they do at Craft? How many head of cattle do they handle in a month?

Dec. 13 2013 01:49 PM
jennifer gaskins from newtown, CT

how do you make your hot dogs THE BEST I have ever tasted!

Dec. 13 2013 01:48 PM

Please revisit this topic and have on the young female UK butcher named Charlotte Harbottle. She's wonderful and has gained quite a following on Twitter- @girlbutcher. She knows her stuff and loves humanly treated animals.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/culture/restaurants-bars/female-butcher-charlotte-harbottle-opens-4398271

I love hearing from the butchery side which never gets attention. Nothing like a good cut of meat, and this art has been lost it seems. Also the butcher can see from the inside whether the animal was raised right- it's easy to spot healthy from ill. And no butcher wants to pass on a lousy 'product' so has a personal interest in sourcing his meat from good places like small farms were the animals roamed free on a good diet.

Dec. 13 2013 01:38 PM
Cost per pound

How much should we expect to pay for beef raised humanely and fed a healthy diet? For example, how much per pound should a rib eye cost?

Dec. 13 2013 01:36 PM

A little SCIENCE education for the cultists:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070903094320.htm

Dec. 13 2013 01:14 PM
Lauren from Brooklyn

There is no such thing as humane meat. There only varying levels of cruelty. The only animals who are humanely raised are those on farm sanctuaries, for whom slaughter, use and abuse are not inevitabilities.

Dec. 13 2013 01:07 PM

Thank you for no "Rock Star" "butchers"!!

Dec. 13 2013 12:08 PM

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