CADE (Part 2): The Good Slaughter: A Proud Meat Cutter Shares His Processing Floor

“My hope is that my children will have the same passion for this as I do…”

Meet Larry Althiser, the owner and head meat cutter for Larry’s Custom Meats in Hartwick, NY, a small farming community in the Northern Catskills. Larry takes pride in his slaughterhouse. He’s been butchering and processing animals for over 30 years, learning through hard work his philosophy on the right way to slaughter animals so we can eat.

I spent two days upstate with Larry at his brand new processing plant to learn firsthand how animals become food – a rare opportunity to tell the story of transparency in the meat industry. Truth be told, I was very, very anxious going into this shoot. The night before, I tossed and turned in my bed, restless for hours. I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to see the whole process, to film what I’d been shy to film for years. But, I had to do it. It’s a story I wanted to tell, a good story about a proud butcher open to teaching his trade, and a story I felt compelled to share with many others, like me, who didn’t want to be disconnected to their food any longer.

Visit: http://www.foodcurated.com for the FULL post. Thanks for watching! I'm http://www.twitter.com/SkeeterNYC on Twitter. Feel free to say hello.

Comment by Martin Hughes on December 26, 2011 at 3:13pm

I would take my Animals to this guy, no problem at all.

Comment by Kimberly Jacobi on January 7, 2012 at 10:26pm

Wonderful video! Thanks for sharing. I wish more butchers where this open and willing to share.

 

Comment by Wanita Sears on March 26, 2012 at 9:27pm

Larry is just like my Dad who I'd watch process livestock next door to home every afternoon in Western MA. while my younger brother and sister napped. That was in the late 50's and early 60's before I was old enough for school. The tools and technology have changed some. The craft, art and soul I'm glad to see hasn't disappeared. Still hard, respectable, and honorable work that honors and respects our food.

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