Complete Cattle Butchering Workshop and Meat-share!
Sat 12/5 & Sun 12/6 – Mason, NH
Learn how to skin, dress, quarter and butcher hoofed animals in traditional methods, with a take home grass-fed beef meat-share option!
In this workshop, we'll take apart a noble Scottish Highland cow from Bittersweet Farm in Mason, NH, learning about butchering, charcuterie and anatomy as we transform a whole, majestic cousin of ours into food for us humans.
All parts of the animal will be used, including organ meats, bones and blood. We will prepare sausage with the entrails and begin traditional methods of meat curing including salting, drying and smoking. Lastly, we will learn to use the sinew for string, hooves for glue and how to prepare the hide into a finished blanket or rug. Folks will be expected to roll their sleeves and participate. All this will be done in the respectful and open hearted context of interdependence with a focus on gratitude, respect, and safety.
Ways to attend:
- Educational workshop attendee. 50-80$ per day, both days 90-120$. Folks 60+ attend free. This option does not include you as a co-owner for the meat share.
- Work trade: 20-40$/day, limited to 3 college students. Email apeandapemass@gmail ASAP, expectation of 3 hours brush clearing @ public orchards in Northampton or Greenfield MA, to be completed by 12/1. This option does not include you as a co-owner for the meat share.
- Meat-share: Includes 1 day workshop attendance. Participants must pre-pay, by 12/1, becoming a co-owner of one or both living cows. On the workshop day, the co-owners will contract Ape and Ape, Inc, to facilitate the educational butchering workshop. Afterwords, the co-owners can each take home a 'share' of their property (raw, unfrozen beef) - a diversity of cuts - estimated to be 20-30 lbs., depending on the size of the cows. Shares in co-ownership are offered by Ape and Ape at 120-150$, sliding scale, per 'share'. It is possible to buy up to 3 shares per cow.
NOTE!: As an meat-share attendee of the workshop, you are co-buying a cow, on the hoof, as a live animal, with the other paying animal-share participants, on 12/1. This transaction will be facilitated by Ape and Ape, through mail and email. The workshop is not a 'meat CSA' nor a sale of meat from Ape & Ape, nor Bittersweet Farm, nor will the meat be processed or packaged in a certified facility, nor is it intended for sale or resale. It is intended for the consumption of the workshop participants and their families and pets. In other words, this is primarily an educational experience after which the cow is divided between co-owners and participants, facilitated by Ape&Ape.
NOTE!: Ape and Ape reserves the right to refund and limit, in advance of or on the day of the workshop, the # of 'shares' purchased by a a participant, in the interest in allowing more people to attend and experience the educational workshop. We will do our best to communicate with everyone should enrollment issues arise.
Put on by Ape and Ape, an on-site butchering co-op: www.apeandape.com
Contact apeandapemass@gmail with questions & to register. You must RSVP, pre-pay and complete a waiver of liability by 12/1.
Bring a potluck lunch, a knife, a cooler and way to transport meat, water for the day, and prepare to be outside all day in cold weather! Sorry, no pets, and no children under 18.