It is a satisfying feeling to be able to prepare meat completely from scratch. It may be a daunting task in the beginning but once your confidence levels rise you won’t look back.
When learning to butcher whole animals begin with small beasts such as rabbit or hare as they are easier to handle and manoeuvre.
Your butcher will be quite happy to do the most of the work for you but if you would prefer to do it yourself take a look at our butchery guides.
With much less room for error than meat, fish can be tricky to learn to fillet and prepare correctly. It is a good idea to prepare fish yourself as you will have a better indication of how fresh the fish is from looking at it whole. An added bonus is that you will get the bones of the fish which can be used to make a tasty stock.