Pig Party Preparations

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Warning: If you don’t want to see a dead pig and its innards, you may want to skip this post.

It’s been a busy day here! Preparations are in full swing for our Pig Party tomorrow!

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The guys picked up the pig from a farm out in the ”˜burbs and then drove down to our house, where they built the pit out of cinderblocks with a wood frame on top.

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The inside of the pit is lined with tinfoil and includes a steel pipe rack on which the pig will lay. Charcoal below will cook the pig.

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The guys have been planning this pig roast for months now. They are totally psyched about it!

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The plan: debone the pig, stuff it with meats, veggies, and herbs, sew it back up, and roast it. Sounds pretty intense, right? Thankfully, we have Mike’s cooking expertise to guide us through the process.

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I decided not to post photos of the deboning process, so here are some cute photos of Ping, the happiest pug on earth.

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Once the pig was deboned, we took a break to eat a quick dinner. We ordered pizza. Easy. Delicious. No cooking involved.

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After dinner, the guys got busy cooking the stuffing for the pig, which included sausage, Granny Smith apples, Rosemary, garlic, fennel, radicchio, carrots, and celery.

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The stuffing needed to cool before we could put it in the pig, so we improvised.

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Let the stuffing begin!

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I took on the responsibility of sewing up the pig after it was stuffed. It was definitely a first for me!

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Finished! Hooray!!

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We still have quite a bit to do before the Pig Party tomorrow, so everyone is sleeping over and we’re waking up super early to get everything done. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!

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400 Comments

  1. It’s funny how people are talking about respecting food and all disgusted… I think we all should watch Food Inc., because that’s disrespectful and disheartening to see how inhumane animals are treated before they are stocked at your local supermarket.

    Anyway, whatever! I’ve been to a couple of pig roasts and it is so good!! Enjoy!

  2. I’m hispanic and a pig roast is serious business. It isn’t mocking or anything even close to that. Where do people think they get their meat from when they buy it at the grocery store. It’s where you include all parts of the pig and it’s cultural. To say that these guys were mocking etc shows, pardon me, but your ignorance on this special meal preparation.

    Tina, I think you guys did a good job on showcasing how it’s done. We used to dig a pit in our yard and then line it with the cinder block and top it with a grate.

    And having been a follower for years, I can say, no one who has been following you as long as I have thinks that you were impaired or disrespectful.

      1. @Tina: I second that! DOn’t worry what other people say, you put a comment up there warning people so that’s there fault. If this is what you want to do and you’re having fun, then enjoy it. I think people are just disturbed because they feel guilty themselves for eating meat and aren’t recognizing that you guys are getting right to the source of where meat comes from. I’ve vegetarian so it isn’t appetizing but still I’m not blaming you, it’s my choice and i’m not putting that on anyone else to judge upon. Have fun!

  3. As meat eaters we should all be aware of where our food comes from. I am sure that pig was treated much much better than the bacon in the grocery store. If everyone bought their meat from local farms it would have a huge impact on animal welfare. I hope you have a fantastic party tomorrow!

    1. @Kelsey: That’s exactly what I was going to say. It’s actually better to get your meat from the source and know where it’s coming from than to buy it pre-butchered and packaged.

      1. @janetha: Absolutely! I am happy to eat meat (and do so) when I know the farm where it is coming from. I look forward to one day having my own farm where I can raise my own food and, yes, be a part of the butchering process. I am not ashamed of it. I tried both vegan and vegetarian — for several years each — and did not feel as good as I do when I eat meat.

  4. We used to have pig roasts at our house all of the time when we were young. I remember pulling the meat right off the roasted pig when it was cooked and it was soooo good. These pics aren’t that much different than a roasted chicken and I don’t see people getting upset at that. I will admit it was a little bit hard to take the pics with the face, but that is what we eat when we have any pork product. Plus, you had a disclaimer. So getting upset about the pics would be like going to a rated R movie and getting upset because there is foul language. It’s not like you have ever claimed to be a vegetarian….anyways. Have fun tomorrow!

  5. I’m not sure I have the balls to ever do that but I love that you all worked so hard at preparing and butchering that pig yourselves. Thanks for sharing the photos, they were super interesting.
    Who did the deboning? Did that take FOREVER?

  6. Hey Tina! I’ve never commented here before but I felt the need to offer another positive response. I didn’t read the disclaimer and still wasn’t offended by anything shown. This isn’t a vegetarian blog, so any readers here should expect to see pictures of meat, whether it look like the animal it came from or not. I don’t see any harm in posing next to it smiling or making a thumbs up either. Would those gestures be inappropriate next to a pork sandwich? I don’t think anyone would say so. You aren’t gloating over an animals death in these photos, you’re just expressing your excitement over how much fun you’re having with friends. I feel like sometimes some people (not all) are just looking for an opportunity to express their values, and when inciting pictures like these come up it’s hard to pass up the urge to say something. Perhaps others are genuinely offended, but maybe those people would be happier reading only vegetarian blogs if they don’t want to see photos of a blogger enjoying meat. Anyone surprised to see those images had false expectations.

  7. If anyone reading this is uncomfortable with the reality of meat, they should probably give vegetarianism a try. Personally, I internalized the fact that meat is a dead animal at a VERY young age and it has always grossed me out. It’s kind of sad to be how blissfully unaware some people are about this fact. I guess it’s easier to ignore if you actually like the taste — I never cared for it much.

  8. I’ve always wanted to go to a pig roast. I grew up on a hog farm, and I’m surprised by how little that roasting pig is. Usually, a market hog weighs about 250-pounds. I would like to know a little bit more about the farm that raised the pig. Do they specialize in hog roasts? Do they raise the hogs to a smaller weight just for the roasts? Very interesting for an ag nerd like me 🙂

  9. I’ve been a long time reader, but haven’t commented much before. I just have to say that you all should be proud of the hard work you put into this pig roast. Even though I personally get a little uneasy around pig roasts (the face freaks me out lol), I don’t see anything wrong with what you all were doing. Since when is giving a thumbs up a big deal?

    I hope the pig roast is awesome tomorrow and that you all have a lot of fun. Don’t let negative comments bring you down. 🙂

  10. This post and the subsequent comments about are quite the study in blog and blog reader interaction!

    I haven’t had anyone ever comment strongly against what I’ve written but I’ve heard from family that they didn’t like something.

    Blogging certainly is a tough job in the way that people don’t read your posts if you don’t share enough personal info to catch their attention and have them follow your life. However, sharing too much (as may be the case here) can anger some.

    Although I wouldn’t say that I loved the pics I can’t say that I’m offended either because I do eat meat and I appreciate that the pig was bought from a farm and not from a horrific industrial farm.

    The whole mish mosh of post and comments is very interesting…

  11. WOW! I hope your pig is tasty and worth the work.

    I never comment or read the comments but I knew they would be sweet on this post. You had to know this would bring out the crazies and you did it anyway. Giant ballz. Thanks for keeping it real. You are AWESOME!

  12. While it may be a bit disconcerting to see those pictures to some, having grown up on a farm I’m surprised that so many people seem so shocked. Where do you think it comes from? And more to the point – it’s pretty obvious if you read this blog that Tina eats meat, so why is seeing it in a less processed form (so to speak) suddenly call for shouts of ‘oh compare that to murphy’ um I have never seen Tina post a chicken wrap and people condemn her for it comparing it to her dog. You know she eats meat, as do many of us, so don’t come on her blog and then condemn it ESPECIALLY when she puts a disclaimer.
    Personally I (and nearly everyone I know) eats meat, and have dogs- mine I love dearly and would be devastated to see her hurt.I found those comparisons quite offensive. I don’t equate my meat eating with her and never will. Seems a little over the top- sure sone people can have that view but DON’T impose it on a non vegetarian- just do it yourself.

  13. I knew when you tweeted about this post before you put it up that there was going to be some controversy. I just wanted to tell you that your pig looks delicious and I’m sure tomorrow will be a fabulous time. As someone who works in a neuroscience lab with dead specimens all day, I wasn’t grossed out although I could understand why some people might be. That said, you posted a disclaimer and all these offended vegans and vegetarians didn’t have to read it! I don’t think you were being disrespectful at all. Don’t let the haters get you down! 🙂

  14. I’ve never commented before but I wanted to chime in this time – as a vegan who chose not to consume any meat or animal products, I actually appreciate this post. Because I know what meat look like when they were alive. I’m not shocked or offended, as I’ve researched those images before I decided not to eat them. I appreciate this post because it shows omnivorous people where their meat (that they buy at the supermarket in shrink wraps) come from. If you eat meat, you need to absolutely know that they were once alive and looked quite cute as Murphy. If you’re complaining this post was disheartening and gross yet consume bacon regularly, I don’t think that makes any sense. Thank you Tina for posting this and I hope you enjoy the feast – to really respect the pig who died to nourish you.

  15. I’m pretty sure someone already has said this but this might end up being your most “controversial post” for that 7 links thing! I saw you tweet about this earlier and thought to myself, this should be a good read in the comment section! I’m not a vegetarian and I’ve been to a pig roast before but only seeing it after it was cooked and cut up. I have to say I am kind of disturbed (not that you posted this at all! more power to you on that) seeing the pig b/c it looks so small and for some reason young pigs or animals in general make me think twice about eating meat but I don’t necessarily feel that way when they’re bigger. I know that’s weird. I’m impressed at your willingness to sew it up, I probably would’ve been hands off.
    Anyway-enjoy the roast tomorrow!

  16. People pose with thumbs up next to their Thanksgiving turkeys all the time. What’s the difference?

    I will admit that it was sad to see the pics of the pig, but that’s because we have decided at a society that pigs are cute. I spearfish and have taken many pictures giving a smoochie face to a big grouper or snapper…it’s not meant to be demeaning to the animal at all.

    Also, the comments about eating dogs that are pets are a little over the top. Dogs and cats are animals that have been domesticated for hundreds of years. That’s why they are pets. But other countries to eat them and that’s their culture. It’s creepy to me, but who am I to judge? All these people on their soap boxes is exactly what’s wrong with our society. People are so quick to push their own values and beliefs onto other people and crucify them if they think otherwise. It’s really sad.

    1. @adriana: that’s a stupid thing to say, really. As if it were somhow the Best Thing To Do to kill and eat as many animals as possible. I know how attached a lot of people are to their meat and can understand why most won’t give it up but bashing vegans for their choices is maybe even more stupid than bashing meat eaters for their choices (at least vegans are doing their best to minimize suffering and are not harming anyone with their choices)

  17. I’ve never commented before but am an ardent reader. I can’t believe how rude people are! She’s not telling you to eat pig, nor look at the pictures if you don’t want to. And to infer she should feel guilty about her love of animals in relation to this meal is ludicrous. Humans have been eating animals since the beginning of time, it’s not likely to change, so just accept it and move on people! (or be vegan, your choice)

    I think you and your husband seem so fun Tina, have a blast with your friends!

  18. Whoa, I am not a vegetarian, but I wish there was a warning on this post. I really could have done without seeing those pictures!

  19. I also totally missed the disclaimer, oops! Tina, I think it’s 100% fine that you poste this, however personally the photos gross me out. But why should it? Clearly, you’re having fun with your friends while preparing the animal, together. Heck, I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House in the Big Woods, where the Ida get excited about hog slaughtering day because two blow up the bladder like a balloon and argue over who gets to eat the pig’s tail.
    I’ve never partaken in a pig roast, but the concept is nothing new. Good for you for participating in this pastime with friends and taking the food preparation (and celebration!) into your own hands.

  20. I think people are used to seeing the cooked pig and not the raw version. Don’t let the negative comments get you down. Kind of ironic you posted about how to deal with negative comments earlier this week. Have a good time tomorrow!

  21. Love this post, Tina! It looks like you all had a fun time! It looks like something my husband and his friends would do! Can’t wait to see the outcome of your party!

  22. Wow! People should really calm down about this – where do you think the meat you eat comes from? I’ve never been to a pig/hog roast, so I thought the post was very interesting & I didn’t feel you were being disrespectful with the photos at all. Keep writing fun blogs & don’t worry about the few people who feel the need to be so negative (and apparently choose to ignore disclaimers).

  23. I love that this post is about the cooking process and hanging out with friends. So often blogs worry about food and not the people they’re with preparing it. It’s like a food marathon, enjoy the journey!

    PS – You look thin. Mal looks happy. Do not let anyone get you down.

  24. I read the post and thought, “Oh boy, these should be some interesting comments.” I knew this was going to cause you some grief with some readers. Having a Spanish mom, I grew up with a pig roast every Christmas. I never really became comfortable with the whole process, and I was a little uncomfortable with your pictures. However, growing up I did always eat the roasted pork and it’s still one of my favorite meals. If you eat meat, you have to accept that this is part of the process.

    For the vegetarians who were offended, I get that. You don’t want to see any animals eaten, so I’m not sure there is anything anyone can post here that would appease you. Sorry.

  25. Wow, people need to calm down. You know what’s awesome? You aren’t fake. You knew that some people would have a negative reaction to this but you posted about your day, just as you would any other day. Seriously, some people just LOVE having something to complain about.. you put up a warning and they read it anyway. Anyways, please tell us how it all turned out!!!

  26. Why are people comparing you eating this pig to eating Murphy? Wtf? Everyone needs to check themselves. It’s going to be okay, she just ate a pig.

  27. Dear CNC Readers,

    I realize that this post has created quite the controversy, and I would like to throw in my two cents. For vegetarians, I can see how pictures of an animal would make them uncomfortable, but there is a disclaimer. The disclaimer states explicitly what you will see if you continue to read. I think that judgment should stop there.

    As many of you know I am a teacher. In one class I teach, I devote many weeks to the agribusiness system that has come to dominate our supermarkets. I teach about the corrupt and disgusting corporate agricultural system that has been created in our country. The pig that we bought to prepare and eat came from a LOCAL farm and was butchered in a way that was much more humane than what is done to the packaged pig products people buy in supermarkets. I understand that people may not be used to seeing a WHOLE animal in our country, but go to many other countries around the world and you see whole animals everywhere in markets. That being said, what is different is often shocking to people and may take some getting used to before they are comfortable with it.

    As for disrespecting the animal I would like to pose this question: What is more disrespectful, sending pig after pig down an assembly line of underpaid and abused workers, or preparing your food yourself and having pride in the knowledge that you have worked with your own hands to provide for 30 friends? We prepared something that I am proud of. I took part in a 6 hour process to get this pig ready to consume. We took pictures with our thumbs up because we did something that many people choose not to do; prepare their own food from an almost primal cut. I appreciate and respect the process much more because of what we did. We followed the pig from farm to table and I’ll never apologize for that.

    1. @Mal (Yes. It’s me): Mal, thank you so much for posting this. Even though I have already offered my support, I wanted to say that this whole post and the points you and Tina raised have made me think twice about where I get my meat. Normally, I would pick it up from the local grocer, but the farmer’s market (which doesn’t required as much of a drive) has local meats from area farmers and even though it might cost a little more, I think I will be going to them now as much as I can. I hope you enjoy some good IPAs with your feast today (I’m a huge IPA fan). 😀

    2. @Mal (Yes. It’s me): well said! People seem very ignorant about factory farming. Perhaps this will entice some to look into standard practices a bit more. What you guys did is exactly the way everyone should eat! You and Tina are lucky to be in such an awesome and intellectual and fun partnership. Enjoy!

    3. @Mal (Yes. It’s me): I think this is awesome. I loved what you said about having more respect for the process now. That should be what this is all about. Americans are so funny about seeing whole animals, but that is the norm in most places.

    4. You teach kids about the “disgusting corporate ag system”? Have you ever been to a modern hog farm? I’ve been to many hog farms, and they are actually way nicer than the blurry, grainy footage that the docu-dramas show. Here in Iowa, they raise hogs indoors because pigs to protect pigs from the 100 degree summer heat and negative zero winter temps. By the way, “corporate ag” is a misnomer. According to the USDA, more than 95 percent of U.S. farms are family owned, by people like you and me.

        1. Not always, but how many farmers do you know personally? Have you ever met a “corporate” farmer? If you want to learn more about modern ag, I suggest you Google “The Real Farmwives of America” or “My Life as a Farm Wife.” Great blogs about what farmers do to raise your food — and feed the world.

          1. Sorry. I should have said Google “Life as an Iowa Farmwife.” A great blog about a farmer raising three young kids on a hog and cattle farm in Iowa. I’ve learned a lot about farming from her blog.

          2. @Teresa: Um, actually I come from a long line of farmers, and corporate farming is taking away from the small family owned farming business. You really need to do your research better before you take the high and mighty road. A couple of book examples is a mass generalization for farmers across the nation. My family has suffered for a few generations now due to “corporate” farming, so please be more respectful of those with actual FIRSTHAND experience, and not just something you read in a book or online. It’s a serious issue in our country – go ask a REAL farmer yourself.

          3. Like I explained to another commenter, I’m a farmer’s daughter. I’m an ag journalist, and I talk to farmers on a daily basis. So, yes, I have first-hand experience. I don’t claim to know everything about farming, but I don’t like it when people say negative things about farmers — no matter how they choose to farm.

      1. @Teresa: While “people like me and you” may own the land that the hogs are on many farmers in iowa, including my extended family, do not own the hogs, the barns, or the equipment due to the volume/cost of the hogs they must process in order to make a profit. also, i know that the hogs are not kept inside because of the elements, but instead because that is what the “big guys” mandate.

        My extended family is not corporate in the traditional sense, but their farm is a business. Reading a blog about one farm in America does not give you enough information to assert that all farms operate in such an idealistic way.

        in addition, do you know what the processing plants look like? it is not a pretty picture.

        1. @kathleen: The pig roast is a great way to bring friends and family into a more sustainable and realistic way of consuming meat. If every time you wanted meat it took you 6 hours to clean, de-bone, etc. then I’m guessing meat would be far less appealing. To me a pig roast is not really that much different than inviting friends over and throwing meat on the grill. And to think I’m even a vegetarian.

        2. Actually, many farmers own the barns. They aren’t raising hogs that way because it’s being mandated; they choose to do so because there are actually animal welfare benefits (such as keeping hogs cool in 100 degree heat). And for the record, I don’t get my information from one farmer who writes a blog. I’m an ag journalist, I live in a rural community, I’m a farmer’s daughter and I have visited all different kinds of farms — pastured hogs, dairy cows, poultry farms, etc. I’m very lucky to have a first-hand view of where our food comes from. And I have no preference for large-scale or small-scale farms — we need them all, because there are a lot of hungry people in this world. I truly don’t understand why people have such a negative view of farmers today. Where does all this distrust come from? Who is fueling it, and what do they gain from it?

          Thanks, Tina, for letting me comment once again. I’ve always appreciated how open-minded you are about letting people share their viewpoints on your blog. This will be my last comment of the day, I promise! It’s just an issue that’s close to my heart.

    5. @Mal (Yes. It’s me): Amen! Well said, Mal! I was thinking about this post more last night (and the backlash). It got me wondering if readers would have freaked out if Tina posted a couple pictures of preparing pork chops bought at a supermarket (not a local farm). I doubt a word would have been said. I hope you guys enjoy your pig today!!

        1. @MelanieF: @Mal (Yes. It’s me):
          @Mal
          So great to hear you weigh in on this!
          I saw the disclaimer and I chose not to read the post. I do eat meat (about 10-20%) of the time and that includes some pork, but I have a thing about seeing dead animals — it just makes me so sad. My Dad is a hunter and I totally support him hunting because he uses all he kills (including the fur). I may not want to *see* this post, but Tina has every right to post it and she did the kind thing and posted the warning for people like me.

          I think your stance is solid and founded. I’m glad you guys had a great day with your friends!

  28. This looks super awesome! We grew up doing a pig roast every 4th of July. So much fun.

    People who condemn this post as offensive should instead consider how very offensive their condemnation is to nearly every single culture on earth. If you travel just about anywhere, you will openly see animal carcasses on sale, being cooked, being eaten – and gratefully so, as not everyone has ready access to food. It is important to step outside of our narrow worldview and consider how others live.

  29. Pretty much a first time commenter… but I had to say good for you guys! A pig roast would be a ton of fun, and a great chance to have some hands on time with your food in it’s most natural form. As an avid fisher(wo)man, I often pose with my dinner. I pose with it, process it myself, and then thank God and the fish for the sacrifice when I eat it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with harvesting your own dinner or handling it before it’s hacked into unrecognizable pieces. I think that if people did that more often, they would have greater respect for the food that they put into their bodies.

  30. hi there. i’ve never commented before as you probably know… 🙂
    i’m filipino and grew up in the philippines and one of our delicacies is lechon (roasted pig) so i’m totally used to seeing this stuff… i think it’s nice to see it being done here in the states. 🙂 you probably know you’ll get negative comments also but it’s a simple situation…you ate meat. it’s always hard for people to see where meat comes from, yes that’s where pork chop comes from people. anyways, enjoy your feast! 🙂 i haven’t had lechon in so long so i’m a bit jealous!

  31. im shocked people are so phased by these pictures… really Cannot believe how high and mighty some people can get. NO one should be judged for the way they choose to eat… cant believe how ignorant some people can be. to stoop so low as to bring Mal into the equation is what is disgusting. these commentators are what are making me sick.

    i see no difference to taking photos of someone making homemade burgers or putting fish/chicken on a bbq grill? people love to see an opportunity to jump on a bandwagon of hating. haterz gon hate.

    you guys look like your having a blast. i really hope you enjoy your hog roast and i cant wait to find out how the roast turns out.

  32. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a while now and this is the first time I’ve ever felt compelled to leave a comment. Sorry, but those images were deeply disturbing and I can’t view you in the same light anymore.

  33. Controversial blog posts – or rather, the conversation that ensues in the comments section – rule; they’re fascinating to read. Kudos for taking the decision not to censor either your day (even knowing what would follow), nor the comments. Honesty rules when blogging, IMO.

    For those who recoiled in horror and lambasted Tina with histrionic pig/Murphy comparisons – what on *earth* is the difference between this and a post where Tina shares a chicken breast recipe alongside Pug pictures from that day? Why aren’t you sharing the same opinions there? The reactions are so irrational; man, people are *nuts* when faced with reality. That’s simply what meat looks like at source.

    Good for you guys working so hard to really, really enjoy this pig to the full; I’d be proud too. Mal’s excitement shines out from the pictures, by the way. It’s contagious!

  34. I feel that a lot of commenters here need a reality check. Eating a pig that is prepared as Tina did it is not necessarily better or worse than eating a piece of meat you buy at the supermarket. The supermarket meat is actually worse if you don’t buy it from a “humane” farm but from a factory farm but I don’t see commenters write things like “Ordering pizza with salami (I think?) is so gross and inhumane” even though it’s probably the more inhumanely treated animal you can see in Tina’s post.

    I’m a vegan and I don’t think the preparation of this pig is different from preparing a steak. I definitely think most people eat far too much meat for their own health and should think more about the ecological impact of raising so many animals on factory farms but this is nothing I can change by yelling at people and telling them how disgusting they are.

    I would love Tina to talk about her feelings and thoughts on eating meat and what she thinks should and could be done to show compassion and have a positive impact on our planet without giving up meat (for example only eating locally and humanely raised meat even though it means eating less meat or something like that). I don’t know if Tina eats only local and organic meat but I would be interested in her opinion 🙂

    1. @clara: I’ve talked about my feelings on eating meat a number of times on CNC, but Mal pretty much sums it up in his comment above. We also rarely eat meat and usually buy local and/or organic when we do.

      1. @Tina: Thank you, Tina! I think the way you and Mal choose to eat meat is great. I think if more people would put as much thought into their food choices as you two do “the world would be a better place ;-)”. No seriously, I think it’s important to stay connected with the food you eat, be it meat or dairy or veggies. Very often people don’t make the connection fro steak to cow or from milk to cow simply because they have never seen e.g. how an animal is prepared for consumption. This disconnection is something I consider very dangerous for various reasons! I am glad about this post because it MAKES this connection and I thinkt that says a lot about you two (in a good way).

  35. WOW! Isn’t it amazing how a little truth can bring the stupid out in people!? Tina you should be proud that you were able post something that many other “healthy” bloggers would have shied away from.

  36. I hope none of these rabid vegetarians take prescription drugs or need medical treatment, because animals aren’t just for eating. Get off your soapbox. Better to buy the whole pig and use all its parts than to buy the individual cuts.

  37. We’re having a Pig Roast in 2 weeks!!! We had our first one last year and want to make it a yearly thing because we had so much fun 🙂 Honestly I think the pigs are cute and it’s hard for me to look at them when having a pig roast but I do eat meat. People are just not used to seeing a whole dead animal! Myself included and I admit that lol Like everyone has already stated, this is more humane than the way that other meat is prepared and people eat that meat without a second thought. Have fun at your pig roast!!!

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