Archive for March, 2015

Lyon Family Butcher Day!

The day really started with James, Aslan, and Shiloh going to our friend’s house to slaughter her hog. It’s a good thing James brought those strapping young men, he says that without them he wouldn’t have been able to get it in the truck! Once they got home the family butchering adventure began!

Touching the hog.

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She’s really questioning the sanity of our family.

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“Mama come save me!”

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I love Liesel’s face in this one! “Yuck!”

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Anatomy lessons.

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I can still smell it!

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Lard making… we should have cut the pieces much smaller.

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The little $4.00 used grinder was the best purchase James could have made!

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Grind, grind, grind…

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Labeling the packages of meat.

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Still going… this is exhausting, all day kind of work!

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Everybody participating! The kids were so good all day. The only thing lacking was that when getting the intestines out, James didn’t blow up the bladder like a balloon for the kids to play with like Pa did in Little House in the Big Woods!

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Yummy snack of peaches after lots of work on no food!

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More grinding. Did I mention that we love the grinder?

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The cracklings. Only Evolet loves them. We burned some and we should have had all the lard pieces cut smaller.

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Our freezer, about a foot deep with just the pork…


…But the biggest reward was over 2 gallons of healthy lard!


This adventure was so different than the butchering we did 3 years ago with all little kids who couldn’t really help. We all had a terrific family day and we really enjoyed working together. Now I’d better go help the others with the clean up that we’re still working on this morning…

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