American Hamstand

gnarly ham

When you cook something you’ve never cooked before, there’s always trepidation in the first taste. I get that I-sure-hope-this-doesn’t-suck feeling every time I try something new, whether it’s a dish I’ve concocted or a recipe I’ve followed to the letter (that noise you hear is Kevin snorting from across the room – his way of […]

A blast from the passed

It was almost a year ago now that Kevin and I, with the help of friends, slaughtered our pigs. It was a brutally difficult day. Shooting, bleeding, gutting, and de-hairing a 300-pound animal is an indelible experience, and that day encroaches on every other memory I have of Tiny, Spot, and Doc. Death looms larger […]

Of pigs and priorities

GM? We don't care!

The latest salvo in the GMO wars came last week, and it hit close to home because pigs were involved. If you follow these issues, you may have seen the paper. The researchers divided a group of pigs into two groups, and fed one standard genetically modified feed and the other non-GM feed. They found […]

How to render lard

Cubing lard for rendering makes clean-up easier

I have long held that, were I required to limit my lifelong meat consumption to just one animal, it would have to be the pig. If I could have only one more meal of meat, it would be lamb, but a pig’s versatility makes it the premier eating animal. Spare ribs! Tenderloin! Bacon! Raising my […]

Pigs: The last chapter

Carrying Tiny's carcass up from the pen

It’s been a month, now, since we slaughtered the pigs, and the day stays with me.  The story is in today’s Washington Post, and on their site.