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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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This is absolutely true! We fed the chickens corn so they would have a nice color to the meat. The fat was yellow!

We fed the butcher calf corn and sweet feed. Not pellets. I think they sweep the floor to make pellets at the feed mills. :grump:
Corn wasn't all we fed them, but corn does make the fat yellow as well as the yolks of eggs brighter.

Yes, we like it that way.

Store bought chickens with their pale fat look malnourished.
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