Wild Venison Butchery & Cookery

Join us in our woodland kitchen for a day spent learning how to source, butcher, prepare and cook wild venison.

November 13, 2022

Start Time
10:00am
End Time
4:00pm

Pricing

£175

incl. VAT

Location

The Woods

The Salt Box

Red Oak Barn

Priory Farm Estate

South Nutfield

Surrey RH1 4EJ

What's Included

Freshly brewed tea, coffee and sweet treat

20 minute Foraging Walk

Fire-lighting Workshop

Wood selection and fire management

Skinning and butchery demonstration

Fire cookery workshop

Soft drink with your lunch

Digital recipe pack

All ingredients and equipment

Wild venison is at the heart of many of our feasts and courses. An incredible wild meat available in abundance, it is not only nutritious and flavourful, but also the most sustainable meat we can source here in the UK.

Our day starts with a foraging walk up to our woodland glen, gathering a selection of wild ingredients on our way. 

 

After a restorative cuppa in our woodland kitchen, we will then turn our attention to the main business of the day; skinning and butchering either a fallow or roe deer carcass. As a group, we will spend the majority of the morning taking our time preparing the deer. 

 

We will start by skinning and talk through the process of curing your pelt at home using traditional methods. During our field butchery lesson, we will break down our carcass into primal cuts and use seam butchery to further process the deer. Using the whole deer from nose to tail and showing you how to reduce waste getting the most from the animal, we will talk through multiple ways of preparing each cut, stocks and sauces and the best ways to store your meat. Following on from your introduction to whole deer butchery, it will be time for you to get cooking, using your new skills to create a selection of dishes. 

 

At The Salt Box, each and every menu, supper or event is centred around the flames. Whether it’s cooking our food, warming our guests or simply providing light for us to work by, we are never far from a fire. With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over the flames.

 

You will learn to build, light and control your fire, which you’ll take responsibility for throughout the day. We will guide you in your wood selection and teach you to spark your flame by demonstrating multiple methods. The focus of all of our courses is showing you the incredible potential seasonal and local ingredients have in your outdoor kitchen, as well as how to incorporate new techniques into your everyday cooking.

 

Our courses are designed to be informative yet relaxed. For us, cooking over fire is not just about cooking a delicious meal, but spending time in the great outdoors.

 

Whether you’re flying solo or joining us with friends and family, all of our workshops are centred around enjoying the fruits of your labour throughout the day – expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies. At the end of the day, we’ll send you home with our Fire Cookery Guide and Recipe pack.

Venison Butchery Course - Skinning the Deer
Cooking venison over fire
Venison Butchery and meal preparation - Cooking Venison Steaks

What We Cover

The benefits of eating wild game and the effect it has on our natural environment.

 

How to skin and butcher a selection of small wild game, using the whole animal from nose to tail (or beak to bottom!) and showing you how to reduce waste getting the most from the animal.

 

How to cook a veritable feast, with a chance to try lots of different techniques.

 

Cookery and knife skills, which can easily be translated into your day to day cooking at home.

 

Fire lighting and fire management.

Dietary Requirements

Our menus are best suited for flexible, adventurous eaters, and isn’t suitable for vegetarians.

 

Please note we aren’t able to cater for specific dietary requirements on our Cookery Courses.

Please Note

This course is suitable for guests aged 16+.

 

The course content is subject to change.

Book Your Seat

Please note our Cancellation Policy is 30 days, find out more in our Terms and Conditions.

About Us

Sustainably minded cooks dedicated to curating unique Feasts Over Fire and Cookery Workshops

The Salt Box is a celebration of seasonal food and open-fire cookery through the coming together of people beneath the trees, creating delicious food from nature’s humble ingredients. We celebrate locally sourced and wild ingredients through our wide range of courses and dining events, in the great outdoors surrounded by crackling fires.