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Pig in a Day

from £240.00

Master the art of pork from nose to tail and start to finish, with our intensive one day butchery course at River Cottage. As well as learning the basic principles of butchery you'll learn to make your own sausages, bacon and salami.

Bring home the bacon and much, much more, with our one-day course of hands-on meat tuition from Steven Lamb and the River Cottage chefs. Pig in a Day will teach you how to get to grips with the carcass of a whole pig, transforming it into a wide range of products and delicious pork recipes.

Working in a small group, you’ll be introduced to the basic principles of butchering a pig and learn to make your own sausages, air-dried ham, brawn, bacon, chorizo and salami. We’ll make you feel at home with a two-course lunch and the chance to explore, amid the idyllic surroundings of River Cottage HQ.

“Did Steve and Gill achieve their stated objective of giving us confidence to ‘have a go’ at home in the space of just one day? I’d say that answer to this is a resounding ‘yes’.” – Artisan Southwest.

  • Pig in a Day

    The Pig in a day course i attended take by Steven Lamb was a fun and enjoyable day.Steven is very passionate about pigs and butchery and this shone through in his teaching of the subject.The course is very laid back and you can get involved in as much or as little as you want...

    Graham Attended 12 October 2018

    5.0 out of 5

Your day

09:30 - 17:00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer (approx. a 5 minute journey).

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your hosts and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Session one

    First you will cover husbandry, the carcass, and how to butcher a pig into the primary cuts. You’ll also be introduced to key recipes such as brawn and devilled kidneys.

  • Session two

    Next you’ll learn how to make sausages, liver pâté and a range of delicious offal recipes.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare and porky products will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Session three

    Next you’ll get to grips with fabulously flavoursome chorizo, dry cured bacon and prosciutto-style ham.

  • Departure

    There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer (at 5pm), sausages or chorizo 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.

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Further information...

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 an 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