Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Survival Butchery with Jim Kazlauskas; Episode 15: Day After Disaster, Chapter 15

Episode 15:

Description of Today's Episode: In the Day After Disaster adventure, Erika awakens from her desperate escape from the Auburn Gang to find that her horse, Artaz, is dead at her feet and Star has been wounded. Today, Jim Kazlauskas, a seasoned trapper and licensed animal relocater, stops by to discuss the process of butchering an animal, the importance of knowing this skill, what to get when time is of the essence and all the useful items that you can get from just one kill.

Featured Chapter Quote:
“She wanted to take a moment to revel in its glow, but she was being pushed, physically and mentally, to a limit that she had never known.”
Jim Kazlauskas

Jim Kazlauskas, known as Jimmy the Trapper locally, is the owner/operator of ARS trapping, As an
animal relocation specialist he is licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture as a feral swine trapper, houser, dealer, and transporter. He is also registered with Florida Fish and Wildlife Department. Jim's been trapping and hunting the southwestern region of Florida for over 24 years.

Lessons from Jim
Fastest Way to Process an Animal On the Go:

  • Get the hind quarters first. Then if time allows, get the backstraps. Then if time allows get the front shoulders.
  • Do not skin the animal.
  • Do not gut the animal but this is risky, why?
  • When you gut the animal you get a chance to inspect it for unnatural foul smells or diseases including:
    • Kidney spots, masses or worms
    • Liver spots
    • Lung spots
    • Masses in, unusually shaped, or swollen reproductive organs.
    • Tapeworm and heart worm
Useful Parts of an Animal

  • All the organs are useful or edible:
    • heart - an edible, tasty meat that can sometimes be tough
    • liver
    • kidney
    • stomach = tripe
    • intestines  - use as water carriers, sausage skins, use in stitching or make snowshoes from them.
  • Bone -  marrow is very nutritious and bone can be used to make knives, needles and much more
  • Meat is all edible. Put it on ice for a week to age it and get rid of gamey flavor.
  • Neck - Smoke it and then boil it with beans, yum...yum
  • Brain - useful for preserving hide.
  • Tendon - use for stitching or cordage.
Why is Butcher an Important Skill to Know? 

  • You can spoil the meat by cutting open the wrong thing in the guts.
  • You won't know the problem signs in an animal if you don't practice.

  • You cold waste a lot of meat with bad butchery practices.

  • you should know where meat comes from and be able to be self-sufficient if you needed to rely upon your survival skills.

  • When hunting if you shoot an animal in the guts you can ruin the meat.
Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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