Proper Water Temperature for Hog Scraping?

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  1. TnTnTn

    TnTnTn Well-Known Member

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    What is the proper water temperature(degrees F) for slipping the hair on a hog carcass? I have heard that if it is too cold or too hot the hair doesn't come off properly when scraped. Thanks. TnTnTn
     
  2. poorboy

    poorboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Had an ole farm book that said 160*F, but 165 seems to work much better for me..YMMV...:)
     

  3. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    I've always throwed some Woodash in to help.

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  4. dagwood

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    Never went by the temperature of the water per se. We bring the water to a full rolling boil, remove the heat source, and within 5 minutes we pour the hot water over the pig.

    ps: Lehman's still sells the nice bell scrapers if you need any....
     
  5. Ramblin Wreck

    Ramblin Wreck Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't know, but my job when little was to keep the water boiling in the pot! We dipped feed/burlap sacks into the hot water, laid the sacks over the pigs hide, and then scraped it after removing the sack. The last pig I helped butcher we skinned, which was a first for me.
     
  6. cowgirlone

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    165 works for me too.
    If you get a chance, try using some "old baldy". Added to the water, it sure helps the process.

    Like dagwwod said, you can heat the water........cover the hog with cheesecloth or a cotton kitchen towel, dip the water and pour over the cloth.

    Let it set a few minutes to loosen hair, then remove cloth and scrape.
    If it doesn't loosen at first, add more water. You need to do a small area at a time this way. Don't pour hot water over the whole hog at once.

    I can scrape a hog this way by myself, no lifting involved if I use the tractor bucket to lay the hog where I want it. :)


    Dang ...Ramblin wreck, you beat me to it! :)