Butchery, sausages & meat - links

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Meat general

Compassion in World Farming working to stop factory farming and the export of live animals
George Monbiot strong meat: why he changed his view on eating meat
Meat Matters information on meat and health
Meat Training Council charity providing information, NVQs and careers advice
National Federation of Meat & Food Traders representing and offering business support to small, independent butchers
Q Guild of Butchers representing independent butchers and meat retailers
Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing promoting quality meat from British traditional breeds

Meat cookery

All Recipes over 11,000 meat recipes
BBC Food beef recipes
BBC Food lamb recipes
BBC Food pork recipes
BBC Food offal recipes
Big Bang bangers and mash restaurant – from local suppliers, Oxford
The British Barbecue Pit all about BBQs, plus good information on making sausages
The Cook’s Thesaurus diagrams and photographs of different meat cuts
English Spice Index directory of squillions of spices

Livestock slaughter

Accidental Smallholder getting pigs slaughtered at a small abattoir
Association of Independent Meat Suppliers representing small, independent abattoirs
FAO detailed info on animal slaughter
FAO manual for the slaughter of small ruminants in developing countries
FAO slaughterhouse cleaning and sanitation
FAO guidelines for slaughtering, meat cutting and further processing
Food Standards Agency home slaughter of livestock: a guide to the law
GOV.UK slaughtering of livestock: welfare regulations
Humane Slaughter Association group working for the humane treatment of animals during transport and slaughter
Office of Public Sector Information the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 – includes home slaughter
RSPCA factfile on the slaughter of livestock
WikiHow detailed info on the slaughter of cattle


Food Standards Agency information on food safety for butchers
Guardian article on butchering your own meat
Guardian step-by-step guide to butchering a lamb carcass
Instructables how to butcher a lamb
Lamb Basic Cuts diagram of the various lamb cuts on a carcass
Meat Charts diagrams of the various beef, pork, lamb and goat cuts on a carcass
Mother Earth News how to butcher a pig
Pig Processing FAQ information on slaughtering, butchering and preparingpigs
Pork Cuts diagram of the various pork cuts on a carcass
Quality Meat Scotland cutting guide: fantastic resource – series of videos showing how to deal with various cuts of beef, lamb and pork
Self-sufficient Home Acre how to butcher a chicken
WikiHow how to butcher cattle
Wikipedia category: cuts of meat – beef, lamb and pork, with links to more information about each cut

Local butchers

The Art of Manliness interview with an independent butcher about his job
Butchers Online local butchers by county
Find a Butcher county-by-county directory of family butchers
Huffington Post family butchers see sales rise after horsemeat scandal hits supermarkets
Jonathon Davies article: taking a stand to use your local butcher
Q Guild of Butchers find independent butchers by postcode
Scottish Craft Butchers information, and listing of small craft butchers in Scotland

Sausages & charcuterie

BBC Food charcuterie recipes
BBC Food sausage recipes
The British Barbecue Pit all about BBQs, plus good information on making sausages
Eye on Spain how to make chorizo
Food & Agriculture Organisation (UN) how to set up a small sausage-making business – huge resource
Honest Food charcuterie recipes
Huffington Post guide to salumi – the cured meats of Italy
The Kitchn Speck to Salami: a quick guide to cured meats
North Dakota State University the art and practice of sausage-making
NorthWest Smoking incredible list of recipes for possibly every type of sausage in the world
Salumi Italiani information on salamis and Italian cured meats (in English)
SausageFans information and listing of small home-reared meat sausage shops in the UK – county by county
Sausage Making Know-How sausage-making FAQ
SausageMania information on making gourmet sausages
Sonoma Mountain Sausages free information and recipes for sausage-making
US Dept. of Agriculture (pdf) pdf course manual on safe practices for sausage production

Dried meat

FAO simple techniques for the production of dried meat
Popular Mechanics make your own biltong drier
River Cottage how to make biltong
Scouts South Africa how to make biltong
US Dept. of Agriculture (pdf) 15-page technical pdf on the preservation of dried meat products
WikiHow how to make beef jerky

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