Pig in a Day
Bring home the bacon... and the chorizo and pâté too! Join us for one of our original bestselling courses, a day of butchery and cookery tuition celebrating pigs and pork.
Pig in a Day is one of our renowned signature courses and a firm favourite in the diverse schedule at HQ. In one intensive day you will explore the basic principles of pig husbandry, welfare, butchery and how to prepare and cook the results.
Join the River Cottage chefs who will show you how to approach the carcass of a whole pig, transforming it into a wide range of fantastic products and delicious recipes.
The morning begins with an introduction to pig husbandry, animal welfare and the butchery of primary cuts. From there you will be shown how to make your own sausages, bacon and chorizo, as well as how to make the lesser known treats of brawn, roasted pig’s head joint and devilled kidneys. During the day there will be tasters and a delicious two-course lunch prepared by the chefs in the kitchen with an opportunity to wander around our idyllic surroundings. You'll head home with a new set of skills, a copy of the pigs and pork handbook and your very own handmade liver pâté and sausages.
Pig in a Day
A brilliant day and my husband and I enjoyed every minute from seeing the weaners, understanding pig husbandry, systematically working through the different parts of the pig and eating different cuts of pork throughout the course. I never realised how tasty a pig's head can be...
Emma Attended 19 March 20235.0 out of 5
Pig in a Day
The Pig in a day course was phenomenal. Gelf, the course leader was incredibly knowledgeable and from the beginning to the end the course was totally engaging. I learnt so much and will be booking myself onto another course as soon as I can! An absolute must do for anyone...
Sarah Attended 18 November 20215.0 out of 5
10:00 - 17:00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, giving you the chance to soak up the views of the valley.
Make yourself at home
Your tutor for the day will be there to meet you and you'll settle in with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.
We will look at husbandry, provenance, the carcass and how to butcher a pig into the primary cuts.
Next you'll learn how to prepare and tie roasting joints and the tricks to getting the perfect crackling.
You will learn how to make sausages, liver pâté and a range of delicious offal recipes including brawn, roasted pig’s head joint, Chinese BBQ ribs, and devilled kidneys. You'll have tasters of these throughout your day.
Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a fantastic two-course lunch of local, seasonal produce with porky additions will be one of the highlights of your day.
Next you will get to grips with fabulously flavoursome chorizo, dry cured bacon and make delicious River Cottage bangers.
There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before heading back up the hill at 5pm, liver pâté, chorizo and River Cottage bangers in hand.
Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.
On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.
This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.
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We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018