Folks have been asking me when we'll have pork again for quite some time... Well, we've been compiling a list of all the most frequently asked questions!
First, what is a pastured pork share, and why should I purchase one?
We take a detailed inventory of the pork we receive back from our processor and split it into evenly distributed groups, called shares. Shares are priced at a 10-25% discount from the individual cut prices - the larger the share, the larger the discount.
How much pork should I expect in my share?
- Quarter hog is approx 30 pounds.
- Half hog is approx 60 pounds.
- Whole hog is approx 120 pounds.
How much freezer space will I need for that? You will need 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every 25 pounds of meat. This can vary more or less depending on how you choose to have your hog cut. Odd shaped cuts will take more space.
We don't have a deep freezer, and I'm not sure my family can eat that much pork anyway. Do you have any other options?
Yes! You can share your share with friends, family, co-workers, a neighbor - or anyone else in your life. We have families go in together to purchase whole hogs, beeves, and large chicken shares to take advantage of the savings without having to purchase a deep freezer.
We also offer pork sales by the cut after all the shares have been distributed; however, we have had difficulty keeping up with demand since COVID started, so cannot guarantee cut availability.
What kinds of cuts will I receive in my share?
The exact quantity of each cut will vary from hog to hog, but here are some examples of the cuts you should expect:
- Fresh Ground Pork
Larger shares (half and whole hogs) may also receive additional cuts such as tenderloins or ham hocks, depending on how you choose to have your hog cut.
Can I choose my own cuts?
Half and whole shares may give custom cutting instructions, so that you can have your pork processed exactly to your liking. Options include thickness of chops, bone in or bone out chops, types of ribs, roasts or ground, what kinds of sausage, and more. Standard processing is included in the price of your share, but additional charges my apply for excess processing (such as turning the entire hog into specialty sausage).
I have a processor that I like to use, do I have to use yours?
No! You may purchase a whole live hog, and we'll deliver to the processor of your choice within 75 miles of Kaufman, TX. Travel charges beyond 75 miles are $1 per loaded mile. Processing fees from your processor are the responsibility of the buyer, and are not included in the purchase price.
How many of each cut will I receive with my share?
It depends on the individual hog. Some hogs are larger in the shoulder, some are larger in the ham.
Is delivery included in my share?
We offer free delivery for orders over $250, and $15 delivery for orders over $100 within 75 miles of Kaufman, Texas.
How long will my pork remain good in my freezer?
All our frozen meats are vacuum sealed and should remain good when kept consistently frozen for well over a year.
Does your pork have nitrates in it?
The use and risk of nitrates as an ingredient in food production is heavily debated due to the publication of articles claiming sodium nitrates can cause cancer. It's also important to note that sodium nitrate occurs naturally in all kinds of foods from spinach to carrots. It is our position that not enough research has been done on this matter, and the research that does exist has provided conflicting information at best.
Furthermore, the phrase "no added nitrates" is intentionally used to mislead consumers. All cured pork will contain a level of sodium nitrate that is added either directly, or as a naturally occurring element in celery salt.
We respect the dietary choices of our customers, and if this is a matter of importance for your family, we strongly encourage you to consider purchasing a half or whole hog share, so that you can choose to receive fresh hams and uncured bacon to avoid nitrates all-together.
Because of the public concern over this matter in general, our processor uses the minimum amount of nitrates allowed by the government inspector for curing.
Are your pigs grass-fed?
Hogs, like chickens, are single stomached omnivores that can and should ingest a variety of foods in their diet.
We rotate our hogs on pasture where they eat grass, clover, roots, grubs, worms, and everything in between. We also provide them with a high quality feed. Occasionally we give our hogs treats (if you come out for a farm tour, we're likely to meet you with a bag of apples for the hogs). We do not contract with restaurants or stores to feed our hogs past-prime produce.
So then what makes your pork better than the store pork?
This one deserves a blog of its own. Check out our related blog post Pork: The Factory vs. The Field to learn more about the differences between factory raised pork in confinement vs. pork raised on pasture.
Have a question that we didn't answer?
Email us, and we'll be happy to discuss whatever's on your mind!
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