289-2020 – Using a blowtorch

Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of me using a blowtorch on an old friend – Mr. Gander.

Today, I have learned that the male goose is called gander!

If you are skirmish, I don’t recommend reading the next paragraph or check the images below!

by Augustin Galatanu

I never sacrificed a chicken in my life, so catching and killing a gander was a nerve racking experience. After chasing him a few lapses around the house with a pitchfork in my hand, I finally cornered him as he entered the basement of out house. I grabbed his legs with my left hand and, nervously reached for his neck caught in between the pitchfork’ tines, shaking like a leaf. At that point in time I really needed a second pair of hands, but I was all alone, self isolating myself for another 14 days, back to back. What a wonderful way to spend my holiday in Romania! Anyways, let’s get back to the matter at hand (pun intended). Luckily, I had prepared in advance, but as I said before, I have never done it in my life, so I realised that I don’t have a knife or an axe to finish him off. Long story short, I had to snap his neck off, and quickly run to get an axe to finish the job.

In the meantime, my family had returned and finally I got someone who knew what to do next! We dipped him in boiling water to remove his feather then use a blowtorch to burn the remaining feathers. Starting from the bottom, we have removed his guts and sliced him in sections to be use at a latter date to prepare a delicious meal.
As you can see, life in Romania can be quite savage, but these are normal day to day activities if you homestead.
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