Becoming a butcher may seem very hard and at the same time easy. This is because a butcher’s job is to slaughter, cut and prepare meat for sale. It may be hard for those people who have no love for meats but can be just a piece of cake for those who desire to serve people in a way of serving cuts that could make them happy. Butchers feel ecstatic every time they discover new meats and new styles of cuts. A question that may be of interest for people who love cutting meats can be posted as “how to become a butcher”?
There are many steps in order for you to become one. Below are easy steps that you can follow.
1. Be familiar with cutting tools and equipment.
There are various tools and equipment used for cutting meat. These include various knives, cleavers, saws, sharpeners, as well as mechanical tools such as grinders. It is important that you should know how to use and maintain these because each of them has a particular use and maintaining them would make your job easier.
2. Identify different kinds of cuts.
If it will be your first time in cutting meats (if not your first time, maybe you are still not used to it), you have to familiarize yourself with the basic meat cuts, primal cuts and secondary cuts. Begin with simple and easy cuts and deboning. As you go on, you will just learn the advanced techniques once you get to master the art of cutting simple meats.
3. Gain lots of experience.
You can collect experiences by becoming a butcher’s apprentice. While you can contact your local grocery store for an internship, it is best to find a butcher shop not attached to a chain grocery store. By working at a specialty butcher shop you will be able to encounter different types of meats and different cuts that y0u will likely not see at the supermarket. Also, you can contact high-end restaurants. Many of them purchase large cuts of meat and do the butchering in the kitchen.
- You can learn precious and important ideas and lessons as you become an apprentice.
- You can actually and literally experience cutting the meat yourself – hands-on.
- You can develop your skill in cutting and handling knives which is essential in so that you would not cut yourself.
- What’s best is that as you go to a greener pasture (who knows you might own your meat shop sooner or later?), you have collected various learning experiences from different mentors, thus, enabling you to create your own cutting style out of those experiences.
4. Get used to cool places.
Since meats need the right temperature in order for it to be preserved, where you work must be kept cold. So if you are the type of person that cannot stand the freezing temperature, then this job is not for you. Not unless you really train yourself and try to overcome the coldness.
5. Be physically fit.
Meats are naturally heavy and if you cut them, you will need a lot of energy, power and strength in order for you to do the right kind of cutting. You will be carrying cut and uncut meats which means to say that after a hard day’s work, you will really have all your energy drained. It would be better to prepare yourself and boost up that strength as well as empowering your immune system.
These are the basic steps on how to become a butcher. It is not necessary for you to have a formal education in becoming a butcher since it is considered a vocational trade. Some join culinary schools so as to have in depth knowledge of how meat can be used. However, this is not necessary in becoming one.
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