A while back during Christmas time my husband came across a Groupon offer that could not be passed up. It was for a beginner level butcher class. Since I have been wanting to learn more about preparing food I could not resist and neither could he, so we bought it for each other as a Christmas present (you know, because nothing says I love you more than giving each other the gift of learning how to butcher meat together). Some of our other friends liked the idea too, so this past Saturday we headed to Hunts Point in the Bronx to the Mosner Family Brands Warehouse to get initiated in the craft of butchery with three of our close friends.
I will not tell you too much about the class just in case this post inspires some of you to go check the class out. I will say this though, if you are looking to start off on this path this place is certainly one you should look into because the family that runs this company truly cares about what they do and how they do it. Not only do they care about the way the livestock they use is raised, but they care about their patrons and really enjoy teaching people about the traits of each animal and how to use it to its full potential. Every single one of us in our group enjoyed the experience and are contemplating going back to gain more skills in some of their more advanced classes. We got a bargain with the Groupon deal, but even without it I would still consider the price worth while. Now here are those pictures you were all forewarned of.
Some of the members of the Mosner family
Seth and Chris teaching us about the anatomy of veal
Getting ready to butcher.
Boning knife and steel ready to go.
Our friend Christine focusing on the perfect cut
My husband frenching some chops
The members of the class