So, over this past weekend I took the hog I harvested*, trimmed the fat and fascia off, and split it into portions for cooking. A rather large section of rump roast was split into two portions for making into pulled pork, while the tenderloins and backstrap were liberally seasoned. One helping of pulled pork was cooked up Sunday.
Four days from roaming the MS woods to sitting on my plate - now THAT is fresh!
This was the first time in my life that I'd supplied the meat for our dinner in a manner other than "go to store, purchase a styrofoam tray with meat on it". Sure, when I was younger we might have eaten a fish I caught when fishing with my dad on Cape Cod, but it was never the prime ingredient (not to mention, the fish I tended to catch were very small to begin with...)
There's something about being more invested in where your dinner comes from to fully appreciate how great we have it these days. It took me three nights in two states to bring home a rather small (100 pound) sow that yielded meat for five meals, with about twice as much left in MS (to be donated). Hunting as a way of providing meat on a regular basis would be quite trying.
I think I'm hooked, though. There's something absolutely primal in pitting your wits, skills and abilities against a wild animal. Even more so when you sit down to a delicious meal of pulled pork that is the end result of that confrontation. I'd like to try my hand at deer this coming fall, and maybe even take Ambulance Driver up on his generous offer to hunt pigs down his way.
In any case, I have a pretty good feeling this isn't going to be the last meal I put on the table...
That is all.
*Apparently, there is a real 1911-vs.-Glock style pissing contest in the hunting world over the use of "harvest" vs. the use of "kill" when talking about a successful hunt in which an animal's life is taken. Honestly, I don't see much of a difference; I think it's similar to the use of "firearm" vs. "weapon" - it's for the few on the fence that might bristle at "kill" but understand "harvest" better.