Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Christoph Wiesner has released the first edition of "Mangalitsa Butchery". It covers how to cut a half pig into usable cuts using seam butchery techniques optimized for Mangalitsa pigs.
There are many different ways to cut up a pig. The techniques shown in his document show how to produce a number of high-value cuts via seam butchery. In comparison, typical Anglo-American techniques are easier, cheaper and more wasteful. Because of these differences, Wooly Pigs uses American butchers trained in Christoph's techniques, to produce our Mangalitsa cuts.
I haven't seen English-language materials on seam butchery, and even compared with the foreign material I've seen, Christoph's material is superior for learning. The Wiesners are doing Americans a big favor by producing this guide and making it freely available.
You can download the PDf here.
PS: a lot of people who reach this blog via search engines are looking for "how to cut up a pig". This is where you want to be. If you can find a better guide on how to cut up a pig, please let me know.
You can order rib pullers (as used in the tutorial) here.
Posted by Heath Putnam at 8:50 AM