Ralph the 900 lb Boar: part 1

Ralph the 900 lb Boar: part 1

 

Maybe it was his diet of organic heirloom grains, foraged flowers, grasses, roots and fruits, or perhaps it was the brilliant Finger Lakes air. Or, it could be that farmers Klaas and Mary Howell Martens never do anything halfway. Whatever the formula that brought Ralph the 900-plus lb. boar to Blue Hill at Stone Barns' kitchen, one thing is clear: he will be a part of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns' menus for days, weeks and months to come.

Ralph's Tally:
34 lbs - coppa/lonzo
21 lbs - hocks and feet
24 lbs - bacon
31 lbs - fresh sausage
26.5 lbs - fennel salami
26.5 lbs - toscano salami
46 lbs - smoked ham
17 lbs - ground bits and pieces for staff meals
10 lbs - liver terrine
8 lbs - guancaile
2 gallons - rendered lard
60 lbs - bones for stock

Tomorrow: Breaking it Down - Ralph Style