|Great turn out for this Primal Pastures Chicken Processing Workshop!|
|Conventional Chicken "Farm". So sad!|
Now for those of you who do not like this fact, I suggest you take a look at where your food comes from and your food is processed. The problem with factory farms is that they don't produce healthy or safe food and the animals suffer from birth until death. I got a lot of negative feedback from some of my Instagram photos that I posted on the Chicken Processing day, but I also got a lot of positive feedback about people wanting to learn more.
I want to preface with this: I love animals and all aspects of life, but I also love to eat meat. I try my hardest to only eat meat that I know was processed in a humane and sustainable way. I suggest that if you eat meat, you do the same.
|Conventional Chicken "farm". No Sunshine for these guys :(|
I am a firm believer that we are better off as humans when we consume animal products, but although I know that death is necessary in order to feed us, I also know that animals should be treated with respect and dignity in every step of their life. I do find the killing part of the process disturbing no matter how it happens, but there is a better way than the factory conventional chicken "farms" we see in these photos.
If you are interested feeling connected with your food and learning about the hard work and process it takes to put those chicken tenders on your plate, read on! And if you REALLY want to get the full experience, check out one of Primal Pastures Chicken Processing workshops in the future!
About Primal Pastures:
|A warm summer day at Primal Pastures - I took this photo last summer|
|Last summer meeting the chicks!|
I have been to Primal Pastures before and even got to hold some of the baby chicks. Very possibly these chicks could be the ones we are processing today!
|Jeff explaining the metal cone|
|Surprisingly there was very |
This was ABSOLUTELY the most difficult part for me to watch. I would be lying to you if I told you my stomach didn't turn a little bit. I panicked thinking about my turn that was going to come way too soon... "I can't do this!" I kept thinking.....
|Rob dunking the bird in the|
hot soapy water. The feathers
come off so easily after the
But I kept reminding myself that this is one of the realities of eating meat. I do not take joy in the killing process, but I know that these birds lived the best possible life and that will translate to excellent quality meat on the dinner table! I also was very thankful to have the killing process explained to me and felt the respect that the farmers had for these animals.
|Rob removing the feathers|
The next step was really cool. The chickens were placed in this metal drum with rubber nubs inside it. When they flipped the "on" switch, the bird moved around in a circular motion and the feathers came off seamlessly! I posted a short video about this on our Instagram and so many people were amazed at this part of the process!
|Rob removing the heads/feet|
|Freezing ACV bath|
Now it was my turn! I was so scared. I have never even picked up a live full-grown chicken before, let alone one that I was going to have to look in the eye knowing full-well he would be on my dinner table that night. I mustered up the courage and grabbed the first bird I could get my hands on. I grabbed him by his feet on my first attempt and surprisingly, he put up little fight. He just hung there peacefully! I just wanted to get him to his cone as fast as possible, and try not to make eye contact. :
|My first time grabbing a chicken by its feet! He hardly moved at all!|
|I couldn't believe I did it. I was so nervous but at that moment, |
I was in the zone and just wanted it to be over as quick as possible.
|Phil's bird after the hot-soapy bath.|
|My bird after de-feathering|
|Phil removing the feet from his bird|
|These guys were are great addition to my bone broth!|
|I could only imagine you get better and faster at this the more you practice|
|Removing the organs... this was harder than it looked!|
|You could see the grass and supplemental feed that the chicken had eaten!|
|My completed bird!|
|Phil and his completed|
|Our birds and all the organs/heads and feet! We will use every part of the bird!|
No Waste here!
I was blown away at how emotional I was about the entire process. I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment and closeness to the bird that I processed. I felt overwhelmingly thankful for all that these farmers at Primal Pastures are doing. I think that this processing workshop is so valuable and helped to bring me closer to my food. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone in the area! (or if you aren't in SoCal, make a special trip!) I hear all the time about these posh, Beverly Hills "Farm to Table" restaurants.... but they truly have nothing on this.
|Dinner never tasted so good! I have never eaten a chicken so fresh!|
|I felt so proud to be able to eat this for dinner that same night! An experience I will never forget!|