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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.
 
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In this episode, we talk more about moving to Oklahoma, tradition, and leaving behind what our kids will want to inherit. Introduction and Announcements: We have two Family Pig classes in Spring 2022. Our classes make incredible gifts for anyone interested in the whole processing narrative. From the kill to butchery to cookery, the experience gaine…
 
In this Episode 69, Brandon talks with Daniel Firth Griffith of the Robinia Institute in The Conversationalist Webinar Series. The topics discussed range from descaling agriculture to Aristotle. Introduction and Announcements: Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, in both filming and editing. By becoming a …
 
In this episode, Brandon and Lauren talk about culture, the medieval village, the virtues of the intellect, science and First Principles, and the intelligence of farmers. Introduction and Announcements: Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, in both filming and editing. By becoming a patron, you'll help us k…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren talk about their decision to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. From practical things like needing more room in the home and on the farm to the spiritual necessity of being closer to the Mass. Introduction and Announcements: Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of work, in both filming a…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss Natural Law, what it is, and how it is observable on the farm. In part 2, they continue to illustrate Natural Law with livestock death and how urbanization erases the weight of Natural Law upon us. Introduction and Announcements: Support our podcast on Patreon! Production of each episode takes hours of …
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss Natural Law, what it is, and how it is observable on the farm. They also share the new direction the podcast is going, pork shares availability, and the last Summer Family Pig Class. Introduction and Announcements: Last Summer Family Pig class is almost sold out! September 2nd-4th. Membership -- a gift …
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss fasting and how fat compliments it so beautifully. They share their experiences with fasting, how it has enhanced their lives, and some of the meaning behind it. In Part 2, they talk about the challenges of living in an abundant and convenient world. Help us produce more episodes by supporting us on Pat…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss fasting and how fat compliments it so beautifully. They share their experiences with fasting, how it has enhanced their lives, and some of the meaning behind it. They also suggest ways that fat can be incorporated into one's practice of fasting. In the way of side topics, Brandon shares what he has been…
 
In this episode, Part 2 of a 2 part series, Lauren and Brandon discuss the benefits and challenges of taking on various farm "side' gigs (pigs, broilers, goat kids, rabbits, beef, sheep, duck eggs, vegetables). They highlight important factors that need to be taken into consideration in deciding which endeavors to invest in: what your locale is, wh…
 
In this episode, part one of a two part series, Brandon and Lauren share the complexities of trying to deal with a broken slaughter truck, during the middle of harvest season, while living on an island, with seven kids in tow. They discuss methods of cooking goose to reach its highest and best expression; making carnitas from previously frozen meat…
 
In this episode, Brandon and Lauren share the big "new things" in their lives: a new baby, new geese, and a new tractor! Learn how Brandon is putting his tractor to use in ways he never anticipated and how having a competent and efficient tool affects your psychology. Brandon discusses methods of fattening poultry, including the art of gavage; and …
 
In this episode, Brandon and Lauren discuss: methods of cooking lean meats - barding, larding and confit; preserving (and tenderizing) a side of beef by hanging it; how it is that beef can be both dry and juicy at the same time; and how to make a deliciously tender meal from a tough cut of meat. Introduction and Announcements: FREE - Murray Carter'…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss: Murray Carter's Blade Sharpening Fundamentals film (now available free of charge on YouTube; Brandon's refined method of making lower-salt bacon; the human connection to pigs and bacon; and feasting and fasting. Introduction and Announcements: FREE - Murray Carter's Blade Sharpening Fundamentals film n…
 
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part series, Brandon and Lauren talk about slaughtering goat kids and sheep, what rennett is and what it is used for, and the art of duck gavage. They also delve into more philosophical topics such as: humane slaughter vs. natural death, the danger of compassion in the slaughter, and why eating meat is brazen. Intro…
 
Introduction and Announcements: To Harvest a Pig Nicely is now available FREE of charge on our YouTube channel! Membership is open! 60-day free trial available! Promo code: "60daytrial" New content available on lamb tartare and cabrito Membership forum topics now categorized for easy browsing! Join us for one of our upcoming spring Family Pig class…
 
This is Part 1 of a two-part series. In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren respond to the unexpected and rapid changes that the Coronavirus has thrust upon families across the world, and the way that they operate on a daily basis. As a couple that has the benefit of having both worked from home and home-educated their children for several years now…
 
In this episode, Part 2 of a two part series, Brandon and Lauren continue explaining how they worked through a whole side of beef, removing chunks of meat as needed over a three month period of time; without freezing any of it. Brandon will convince you that the best way to eat beef is — VERY aged, and offers suggestions on how to entice your famil…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren explain why they finally broke down and bought a side of beef for their family; why Brandon decided not to freeze any of it; and how they worked through the side of beef removing chunks of meat, as needed over a three month period of time. Brandon will convince you that the best way to eat beef is -- VERY aged,…
 
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part series, Brandon and Lauren talk about their own kitchen principles and habits. They relate how most of these habits have come along slowly; although cooking and eating all three meals together, daily, as a family, is something they've been doing since before they were married. Brandon and Lauren describe mealti…
 
In this episode, Part 1 of a 2 part series, Brandon and Lauren talk about their own kitchen principles and habits. They describe how these habits have come along slowly; but that since before they were married, and to this day, they have always cooked and eaten all three meals together as a family. They describe mealtimes as anchors to their day --…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss braising, pan-frying and roasting — the only techniques you need to cook any cut of meat deliciously! Learn how, by starting with fresh meat from well-raised animals, you will eliminate your need for fancy recipes, extensive ingredient lists, and excessive time in the kitchen. Also learn which cooking m…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss braising, pan-frying and roasting -- the only techniques you need to cook any cut of meat deliciously! Learn how, by starting with fresh meat from well-raised animals, you will eliminate your need for fancy recipes, extensive ingredient lists, and excessive time in the kitchen. Also learn which cooking …
 
In Episode 44, Brandon introduces "The Finisher", a new tool he's discovered for pithing ducks (rather than slitting their necks) which allows for a more attractive presentation and preserves the blood, within the animal, for such dishes as Duck a la Press. Brandon and Lauren discuss the struggle that exists between humane killing and efficiency, a…
 
In Episode 43, part 1 of a 2 part series, Brandon shares his new-found method of killing duck (and other poultry) and the newly discovered tool he uses to do it. Other topics include: the tyranny of abundance; Brandon's reason for generally avoiding nitrates (the reason may be different than you think); the magic of rennet; and a well-loved side to…
 
In this episode Brandon is interviewed by Steve and Joseph of The Working Title podcast. Brandon shares the winding path that led him into the butchery trade; the unique approach of Farmstead Meatsmith; and how Farmstead Meatsmith came into being. Other discussions include: how technology has left the domestic scale behind (dulling the edge of huma…
 
In Episodes 40 and 41, Brandon does Hollywood! In this two-part series, Brandon talks of his experiences competing against three other highly-skilled butchers on the History Channel's premiere episode of its new show The Butcher. Hear Brandon describe the three different rounds of the competition: 1) splitting a pig using an old-school hog splitter…
 
In Episodes 40 and 41, Brandon does Hollywood! In this two-part series, Brandon talks of his experiences competing against three other highly-skilled butchers on the History Channel's premiere episode of its new show The Butcher. Hear Brandon describe the three different rounds of the competition: 1) splitting a pig using an old-school hog splitter…
 
In this episode, the second half of a two-part interview by Terrance Layhew of The Intellectual Agrarian, Brandon and Terrance discuss: on-farm processing standards; how locally-raised food contributes to a healthier environment; the backlash of "modern efficiency"; how savvy cooks and consumers contribute to the production of higher quality meats;…
 
This episode is the first half of a two-part recording of Brandon's recent interview by Terrance Layhew of The Intellectual Agrarian. During the interview Brandon and Terrance discuss such issues as: the lack of first-hand experience within modern-day academia; the burden of abundance (utilizing 100% of an animal carcass); and the existence of a wi…
 
In Episode 37, part 2 of a 2-part series, you will learn Brandon's approach to butchering a lamb; and why he believes that if you learn to butcher a lamb, you will be able to butcher any other member of the quadruped family. Brandon and Lauren explain why the physiology of quadrupeds determines the placement of your cuts when you quarter them. They…
 
In Episode 36, Brandon and Lauren discuss the factors that contribute to the spoilage of fresh meat, and the environment you want to create in your home butchery operations to avoid it. They also cover: why sheep are "so simple" (to raise and butcher); the contribution rancidity makes to the flavor of meat; how to cure a leg of lamb; and how cookin…
 
In Episode 34, Brandon and Lauren discuss how to overcome your child's reluctance to eat the meat you've raised. In doing so, they provide some helpful strategies to employ and explain why time is on your side. They also explain: why it is no contradiction of the tenderness with which you raise your animals, to kill them; the inescapable truth that…
 
In Episode 32, Brandon and Lauren talk about the current stage of their business, changes they're making to it, and what they're currently focusing on. They also share some interesting slaughter stories: what Brandon has been up to, the variables of farm-kill (you've got to expect them), and the benefits of benevolent confinement of your animals ov…
 
In this episode, part one of a two-part series, Brandon and Lauren talk about the current stage of their business, changes they're making to it, and what they're currently focusing on. They also share some interesting slaughter stories: what Brandon has been up to, the variables of farm-kill (you've got to expect them), why you've got to have "a ha…
 
In this episode, part 2 of a 2 part series on the skinning and evisceration of ruminants, Brandon and Lauren discuss one of the biggest challenges in skinning haired animals -- keeping the hair off the meat! Other topics include fisting, how to remove guts without puncturing or ripping them, and how to overcome the smells associated with processing…
 
In these episodes, Brandon and Lauren discuss the skinning and evisceration of ruminants, to include cows, sheep and goats. Part 1 covers the mechanics of skinning....how to do it in a way that will maximize the fat left on the carcass. If you question why you would want to do this, Brandon's explanation will make it clear. Introduction and Announc…
 
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. Brandon and Lauren also make a few exciting announcements: 1) Brandon films in L.A. for an upcoming cooking…
 
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. Brandon and Lauren also make a few exciting announcements: 1) Brandon films in L.A. for an upcoming cooking…
 
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 covered are: the intimacy of killing an animal with a knife, how to make the cut and manage the animal as it is d…
 
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 for bringing down and subduing a ruminant. Introduction and Announcements: Help us produce four episodes a month…
 
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 flavor of any meat. They also cover: brining as preparation for smoking, utilizing wood as a fuel source…
 
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 flavor of any meat. They also discuss: brining as preparation for smoking, utilizing wood as a fuel sour…
 
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 ingredients (it all starts with a happy healthy pig) in the right proportions. Introduction and Announcements: …
 
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 ingredients (it all starts with a happy healthy pig) in the right proportions. Introduction and Announcements: …
 
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 technical issues and salvaged what we could. Thank you for listening. Introduction and Announcements: Help…
 
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