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November 18, 2012

Slaughtering our Turkeys

Feathers mark the spot. It wasn't as awful as we imagined, and for me, it touched a nostalgic note, as we raised and killed these birds on the same soil, in the exact same spot where my parents would raise and butcher their own birds from the 1940's until the 1980's, and where my fathers parents raised their birds from 1910 until 1945. Not that I could do this every day, it's true, the first one is the hardest.

If there is one single thing I've realized about trying to be more conscious about where our food comes from, is simply this - raising your own food is crazy hard. Just slaughtering ( as sanely and respectfully as we could) our own home-raise, free range heritage-breed turkeys, as well as a couple of geese for Christmas, took an entire day. A day which required recovery for our sore backs from the heavy plucking, plucking and more plucking, let alone the gutting, cleanup and butchering.

Then, there was the plucking.

...but first, the dirty deed.

(I will spare you all the graphic details, but in case you are interested - click on the MORE button below, for  narrative (yet edited and bloodless ) images.