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different fodder creates different smell, and taste of meats

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My 20 year highschool reunion is this weekend. One classmate donated a hog to cook. I volenteered to butcher it.

When we raise pigs for ourselves we feed them all they can eat corn/soybean mix, and water. They grow fast, and their bodyfat is very firm. All the years since I was a kid we have....Well, not we, dad always fed them this same way. Dad paid the bill, I just helped with the labor. I guess mabye IM just used to the smell, and taste of corn fed pork. Ive heard some people arrogently say that if they wanted something corn fed they would buy beef.

This hog didnt smell meaty to me when we opened it up. Its guts smelled like fresh cut lawn. The smell wasnt very appealing. I didnt think so anyway. The corn fed hogs dad raises smell like meat when we open them up. I found out that the guy who raised it fed it some commercial hog pellet. Now Im not going to give my normal condesending responce, but I dont like the idea of feeding any animal any kind of pellet. I dont know what is in a pellet, and I dont trust labels. I want the animals I eat to either be pastured, or fed ground corn, or both.

So, has anyone els, who raises, and/or butchers their own food, ever noticed a different smell, or taste in meat, then found out the animal was fed something different?
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We feed our hogs, cracked corn, table & garden scraps, plus surplus milk. We plant extra things like squash and pumpkins for them. They also get lots of green stuff from their pasture. Around August they start getting peach scraps, and in the fall they get lots of apples. It does make for really delicious meat. Yes, when we cut into it, it does smell like real meat.

We had an extra hog to get rid of and a butcher bought it. He called and raved it was the nicest looking pork had ever seen. He wanted to arrange to buy from us in the future.

A neighbor of ours, tried home raised chicken, another neighbor had raised. They could not believe it. They said it was delicious and actually meat, not mushy. Plus it didn't have pockets of fat going all through it.

We don't necessarily raise our own food for the savings, we raise it so that we know what is in it, and for superior taste and quality. Pretty much the same as the rest of you folks.
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