A Meatsmith Harvest
By Farmstead Meatsmith
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This podcast is for anyone desiring to learn more about the human process of traditional, ethical, economic and delicious livestock processing and eating. Brandon and Lauren Sheard, co-hosts and owners of Farmstead Meatsmith--their small-scale, custom processing and education business--talk all things meat related: from practical knowledge to the philosophical inspiration behind growing, harvesting and eating meat.
||CleanEp. 29: Raising, Slaughter and Hanging of Beef, Part 2||In Episode 28, Lauren and Brandon discuss the husbandry of beef, to include grass-feeding and finishing. Other topics discussed include: the effect genetics plays in the overall quality of the meat produced, and the wonders of dry-aging beef....||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28: Raising, Slaughter and Hanging of Beef, Part 1||In Episode 28, Lauren and Brandon discuss the husbandry of beef, to include grass-feeding and finishing. Other topics discussed include: the effect genetics plays in the overall quality of the meat produced, and the wonders of dry-aging beef....||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27: Sheep Slaughter, Part 2||In Episode 27, Brandon and Lauren discuss the need to be decisive and aggressive when killing an animal in order to protect its dignity and to show it mercy. They explain how a sharp knife is critical in making this happen. Other topics...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Sheep Slaughter, Part 1||In these episodes Lauren and Brandon discuss fundamental principles to employ during the lead-up to a kill. They go in depth on how to avoid a chase to and keep a herd calm when cornering a sheep or goat. They also explain the mechanisms...||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: Smoking, Part 2||In these episodes Brandon and Lauren discuss smoking. They explain its spiritual and cultural importance among traditional societies, its critical role as a pre-refrigeration meat preservation technique, and its incredible ability to enhance the...||1/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24: Smoking, Part 1||In these episodes Brandon and Lauren discuss smoking. They explain its spiritual and cultural importance among traditional societies, its critical role as a pre-refrigeration meat preservation technique, and its incredible ability to enhance the...||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: Sausage, Part 2||In these episodes Brandon and Lauren discuss sausage: its history and versatility, as well as its degradation in modern times. Best of all, they give you the tools you need to make and season truly delicious sausage at home, using quality...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22: Sausage, Part 1||In these episodes Brandon and Lauren discuss sausage: its history and versatility, as well as its degradation in modern times. Best of all, they give you the tools you need to make and season truly delicious sausage at home, using quality...||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21: Holiday Grab Bag Q&A, Part 2||In these episodes Brandon and Lauren discuss holiday meal topics of all kinds focusing mainly on roasting a pig's head. We also discuss head cheese, lard, lardo, roasting a whole piglet, and more! *** We apologize for the sound quality; we had...||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18: Hunting Deer & Eating Venison Part 1||This part one of a two-part episode. In these episodes Brandon and Lauren are talking about hunting and preparing deer. Brandon talks through deer processing, and talks about that “gamey” flavor everyone uses when talking about venison. He...||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20: Holiday Grab Bag Q&A, Part 1||In this episode Brandon and Lauren discuss holiday meal topics of all kinds focusing mainly on roasting a pig's head.||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19: Hunting Deer & Eating Venison Part 2||This part two of a two-part episode. In these episodes Brandon and Lauren are talking about hunting and preparing deer. Brandon talks through deer processing, and talks about that "gamey" flavor everyone uses when talking about venison. He and...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17: Homesteading Grab Bag Part 2||Part 2 of 2. Brandon and Lauren answer listener questions about farmsteading and animal harvesting. Topics range from how they seem to “do it all” to the heartache of processing animals to using every part of the animal, including blood and parts...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16: Homesteading Grab Bag Part 1||Part 1 of 2. Brandon and Lauren answer listener questions about farmsteading and animal harvesting. Topics range from how they seem to “do it all” to the heartache of processing animals to using every part of the animal, including blood and parts...||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15: Pig Depilation||Brandon and Lauren discuss the important step of pig depilation, or the removal of the hair from the pig. While there a couple ways to do this, Brandon favors dunking the pig into a drum of hot water - it’s more efficient, generally works better,...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14: Pig Killing||In this episode, Brandon and Lauren talk about not only the process of killing a pig - the challenges, techniques, and tools - but also the philosophy behind the practices they use to slaughter an animal peacefully and effectively. Learn why pigs are...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13: Whole Animal Barbecuing||Topics Discussed Introduction and Announcements: Podcast year 2 commences. Film production beginning this summer... To that end, WE'RE HIRING! Please see links below if you or someone you trust is interested in a Content and Media position with...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12: Meat Preservation, Part 2; Meat Fermentation||Brandon and Lauren discuss their approach to traditional, small scale salami production, and how to make a unique salami, not just a pleasant one. They talk about how environment and climate affect (in fact dictate) successful meat fermentation,...||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11: Meat Preservation Part 1; Whole Muscle Curing||Brandon and Lauren discuss becoming one's own authority for curing meat by using one's own senses, the science of water and salt on meat, as well as a well developed prowess. They discuss whole muscle curing (as opposed to fermentation and...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10: Heritage Breed Pork||Lauren and Brandon discuss the landscape of heritage breed pork production in the U.S. on the small scale. You'll see that for being heritage breed enthusiasts they hesitate to encourage everyone to go get the first heritage animals you can get...||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9: Shop, Truck & Money||Brandon and Lauren review the timeline of their shop outfitting, truck building and the money it took (at various stages in the process...and at just the right time!) to get their basic infrastructure in place making them fully operational, safe and...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8: Tools||Brandon and Lauren discuss the tools that have most defined their meatsmithing journey: tools that allowed them to get started in the business, as well as truly harvesting for their own family on a budget. They start with the few high-ticket items for..||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7: Grab Bag Bonus||Patreon Questions & Holiday Gifting||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6: First Things, Part 3; Continuing||Brandon and Lauren discuss the economic realities of 'good meat' market culture from the standpoint of several audiences: the 'good food' consumer (hopefully all of us), the homesteader raising their own meat and selling a little as well, and also the..||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5: First Things, Part 2; Cutlery||Brandon and Lauren recount their journey from the obtuse existence of using dull knives, to learning simple but scary sharp sharpening techniques. They discuss the difference between the stainless steel 'package' (protective gear, multiple...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4: Poultry, Part 2||Brandon and Lauren discuss harvesting backyard poultry. They consider the different approaches when harvesting whole flocks for customers vs. a handful of birds for your own home. Fois gras emerges as a fun topic for them, the dis-advantages of...||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.3: Poultry, Part 1||Brandon and Lauren discuss 4 species of backyard birds for the smallholder: geese, turkey, chicken and especially ducks. They consider breeds and husbandry and cutout right before discussing harvesting methods, which will be a full second part...||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.2: First Things, Part 1||Literature and Love||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.1: Who Harvests?||An ecological ethic of eating meat||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Give me more!!!
I consumed the first 3 episodes in 1 day! Give me more please!
A revival of sustainable traditions.
I've been following the work of the hosts of this podcast for several years now, via YouTube, articles that they've written, and through their email newsletter. They are adventurous and inspiring people, who make their living by bringing back into focus traditional practices of preparing meat, from hoof to fork. They tell their tales with an eloquence that is pleasant to the mind. I have finally reached a point in my life where I can raise my own meat, and I look forward to using some of the practices that they teach to make my meat most enjoyable. Thank you, Brandon and Lauren, for all of your hard work and your willingness to share what you've learned. I hope that this podcast allows you to reach new audiences, and brings you enough success to inspire you to keep telling your story to the world.
Really, really good.
Well spoken, well produced with astounding thematic variety carefully wrapped around the story or revival of artisan butchery. It’s refreshing to listen to where the confluence of an intentioned, deliberate life, grounded in craft, place, and tradition.