slaughter of a pig

Some folks told me they’d like to read more on the blog about everyday life in Tanzania.  This post is an attempt at showing such.  Saturday we slaughtered a pig.  Here are the pictures in chronological order:

the initial slaughtering

removal of innards

the pig is quartered

harvesting small intestines

Which brings us to our next post — how to make link sausage.

Do you like pork?  Do you still like pork?


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23 responses to “slaughter of a pig

  1. Greg Gingles

    Are you guys opening up “Dreamland South?”

    • oh, what i would do for some dreamland. we did get ribs off this pig and the last one — but i haven’t cooked any yet. don’t have a grill. but soon, my friend greg, soon.

  2. Zee

    over here, in Ukraine, there is a thing that a true Ukrainian should like pork fat (sort of like bacon) with black bread and garlic. i never could fit into that model (well, or any other, to be honest) of real Ukrainian, but as for pork – yeah, i still like it. even though i prefer chicken or beef.

    what does “tunauza kiti moto” mean? (google translate shows it as “we sell hot seat” but that sounds rather weird and i don’t think that the language in Tanzania is Swahili… is it?)

    • zee, i’m so glad you asked, because this is quite interesting. “tunauza kitimoto” does mean “we sell hot seat,” if you use a very wooden translation. that is what the words say. but ‘kitimoto’ has come to mean ‘pork’ in tanzania (i’m not sure about other swahili speaking countries).

      the way it came about, as i understand it, is that eastern tanzania (along the coast) is largely muslim, and so, eating pork is frowned upon. so a “code” word was needed in order to be able to order pork without having to say such. and apparently the word caught on, so that now everyone knows it and uses it — even white missionaries. so i don’t know if in dar es salaam there is a new code word now or what? or maybe just saying ‘kitimoto’ is enough, because people are showing kindness in some way by not actually asking for pork? not sure…

      • Zee

        that is cool. thanks for explaining! :))) now if i ever come to Tanzania, i’ll know at least a couple of words 😀 (and not the standard tourist’s phrase “where is the bathroom?”)

  3. Gilbert Kerrigan

    I can see that those years deer hunting with me have paid off.

  4. Yum…how about some cracklin’s?

  5. So far, not much different than how we do it in South Georgia…mmmmmmm….

  6. reminds me of a book, “Gap Creek.” There is a very vivid account of a pig slaughter and the subsequent meal, and you can just taste how good that meat must have tasted to those eating it after all the hard work.

    • what’s the book about? other than a pig slaughter and meal, that is. and the meals following our slaughter have also been quite tasty.

      and congratulations on your blog making ‘freshly pressed.’ that’s a trip.

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  10. Excellent topic thanks for all these infos! Make your safari in Tanzania with Discovery Safari

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  12. Lisa

    I see you believe in ‘god’. What ever happened to that whole ‘Thou shalt not kill’ thingy? Shed the human supremacism. Love others, including his creations. Demonstrate kindness and mercy. Sadly, this is a highly foreign concept to those who ‘believe’.

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