Being able to be an Efficient Butcher means having to know what to do when you’re cutting up an animal. While there are some general rules to follow when doing this, there’s actually no set order in how you should perform the tasks involved in efficient butchery. Here are 3 tips from a lifetime hunter who has been doing it for many years.
First and foremost, always start with your blade. When starting out, make sure you’ve got a clean butcher’s knife. When you’re cutting up something, especially meat, always start with the blade. If you have time, pay attention to the animal as it begins to bleed, because this is a clear indication that you need to clean your knife and take off the spine or blade before continuing.
Make sure you stay balanced as you cut. This sounds simple, but a lot of people do just that unconsciously. They’ll pull the knife off the bone as they’re cutting and cause their animal to be injured or fall to the ground. Stay balanced while you’re moving the knife along and your animal will thank you. Just make sure to keep your weight on the bottom as you cut, too.
Always make sure that the meat you’re cutting is fresh. If the meat is cold or stale, it won’t taste good. The best way to ensure that the meat is warm or just slightly warm is to hold it over a fire until it’s scalding enough to kill a fish. Then you’ll be one happy camper!
If you’re cutting into a tough spot, try using a good quality knife sharpener. Some say that a miter saw is only good for small pieces of meat, but if you use the right kind of sharpener, a miter saw can cut through pretty much anything. Check out the different types of knives sharpeners that are available so you can find the best one for your specific needs. Once you’ve got a good knife sharpener in your hands, it will allow you to get more done in less time.
While using miter saws and other knives, make sure that you wear protective eye goggles. Miter saw blades are very sharp, even though they are pretty large, so you don’t want to accidentally hit your eye with it. Even though using a good knife sharpener and good knives will get the job done, it’s still better to take precautions just in case. Eye protection is essential to prevent injury.
Another great tip to follow is to make sure that you always hold the knife handle in your dominant hand, or at least the part of the knife that you’ll be using while hunting. If you hold it in your weaker hand, you run the risk of it sliding down your arm and hitting your hand or your shoulder instead. This would be extremely dangerous and probably result in a nasty cut to your arm. Always use your dominant hand when sharpening knives to minimize injury.
Follow these simple rules for knife sharpening and you’ll have an exceptionally efficient butchering knife that you can count on to cut all kinds of meat. Make sure to always use your own knives for eating, as opposed to eating off of someone else’s knife. This way you can ensure that your food isn’t contaminated with someone else’s bacteria. Remember, most people who get food poisoning end up having severe reactions, which could be life-threatening. Be sure to use clean knives whenever possible to avoid passing bacteria.
After you’ve used your knife several times and dulled it a bit, you should then consider getting some new knives. When looking for new sharpeners, I recommend a titanium folder, as titanium is very hard and durable. It will last longer and retain its sharpness much better than cheaper metals, such as copper or brass. You should also make sure that the folder fits comfortably in your hand, as it doesn’t have to be too big. Some brands may be a bit large, but just to test it out before you buy it to make sure.
After you’ve sharpened your existing knife properly, it’s time to clean it up. A cloth or paper towel works great for cleaning up after each use, and it won’t leave any residue. If you’re planning on storing your knife in a drawer or other space, make sure to put it in a nylon bag or container to protect it from moisture. Another option would be to use a plastic knife block, which prevents rust from building up on the knife. In addition, they are very affordable.
Finally, an efficient butchering knife requires proper care and maintenance. If you take good care of your tools, you’ll get more use out of them, and you’ll find that they last for years. There are many different ways to care for your tools, including oiling them after each use, using different types of sharpeners, and wiping them down after every use. The best way to care for your knives is by following the manufacturer’s care instructions carefully. If you want to know more about finding the best care products for your particular brand, be sure to ask your salesperson or do research online.