Question: I noticed that when you talk about killing one of your farm animals you call it processing. I was just curious why you didn’t call it butchering or killing?
Answer: That’s a great question! We chose to call it “processing” simply because that is what it is, a process! We raise each of the animals that we use to feed the family. We know them by name, and many have been bottle fed while all of them have been loved. We don’t take their life for granted. We give thanks to God for providing such blessings for our family and have great respect for His creation. While “killing” is part of the process it is not where we stop. After we carefully and diligently care for the animal we must kill the animal, gut it, skin it (the boys always love preserving the hides), quarter it and then typically we hang it for a few days in a refrigerated room before we make the cuts that we want for the family. Once the time of hanging is done, the cuts are made, wrapped, labeled, and put away in the freezer. All in all, an animal has went through a “process” and is ready for us to use in the menu!
I hope that helps explain a little more why we chose to say “processing” instead of just killing. For us, it is much more than the act of killing. It is a diligence to care, work, and enjoy our labor all the while giving thanks to the Father for what He has provided.
Thanks for asking!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood