Joanna – going back to the fish. The priest is so called because it is giving the last rites Problem is that if you don't hid hard enough you end up doing it more than once and if you hit too hard the eyes explode out of the sockets. Trust me – never go out fishing with three 14 year old boys!!!!! After that experience I am still struggling to eat any fish the men in my family catch, even the wonderful sea bass…….
What worries me is if I can't handle that how am I going to handle dispatching our own livestock? I am sure I will get over it though, I didn't do science at Uni for nothing. Anyone got any anesthetic?
It's a fact that we have all become "townified". We have arrived at such a remove from basic farming and the natural cycle of life and death for farmed animals. Fiona and I are the same.
As a child, our neighbour used to keep one or two pigs for the table. I was taken to a slaughtering once and of course it upset me. But I did have the wit to realise that the pig had enjoyed a good life and its end was quick if noisy.
My mum had a very old-fashioned job pre-marriage back in the 1940s and 50s. She worked for the Dept. of Agriculture as a Poultry Instructor back in the days when every rural smallholding or farm kept poultry for the table or to sell. She had no qualms about grabbing a bird from our flock and dispatching it with a quick neck-twist. Then it was hung from the barn door and plucked.
Even so, I would be hard pressed to do it myself. Then again, if times became tougher, I (we all) probably would do the necessary. I think the balance of caring properly for livestock and treating them humanely at the end is very important. Unfortunately, our supermarket shopping society has distanced us from what happens to the animals that we eat. We treat chickens like vegetables in reality, Shameful. But we all consume the end product without protest.
I think you are quite right Danny and that is why I am determined to overcome the squeamishness. I do aim to do the dispatching though in the kindest way possibl, the Good Life Press have books on that subject (Maybe they would make a suitable publisher for your preserving book, that is the sort of thing they like)
http://www.landsmansbooks.com looks a promising website for suitable books too, not investigated it all yet. We have a lot of books to order very soon so that I am ready for part 2 of my course and so will investigate then.
Thanks for that tip, Joanna. Bookmarked!
Even though HFW got a bit of a rough ride for showing us the natural cycle of life and death for the food we consume, it really is the way of it and always has been long before end the Biblical fatted calf. I am not a particularly religious person but one sentence stuck in my mind many years ago: let not your stomachs become graveyards for animals. Again, balance is important and we have forgotten that too.
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