I used to think it was nasty to raise animals for food.
Then, I started taking notice of the effects, or perceived effects, of commercial meats.
Girls at 12 or 13 with bigger boobs than most 30 year old women, boys' voices changing around the same age, and a variety of other effects that, in my mind, are directly attributable to the use of hormones on industrial raised meats.
So, I started researching what it would take to raise my own.
Thankfully, I have a few friends that already do it, and I know how to butcher most animals for food, as I hunt, and have never taken anything to a processor.
Currently, I trade my butchering skills for meat, as we don't have the space to do it ourselves.
We get pig, goat, and beef.
I did a taste test by making two steaks on evening.
I prepared them both identically, grilled them identically, and ate them side by side.
The store steak was bright red. The homegrown one was purple.
The fat on the store steak was white. Homegrown was golden.
The homegrown steak was MUCH more flavorful, tender, and the texture was unbeatable. The store steak was bland, tough, and grainy.
Goat tastes like lamb to an extent, and the pork is beyond unbeatable.
Also of note, venison and elk are both purple when butchered.
It really connected the dots for me on the taste test.
I will guarantee that you'll like home raised over store bought if you give it the opportunity.
If not, PM me. I'll come get it and trade you for store bought.
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