Wild Venison
Butchery & Cookery

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

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. 


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.

 

Gochujang Venison Kebabs
Venison Butchery
Venison Butchery at The Salt Box

What's Included

£175 pp

SMALL GROUPS

Maximum 12 guests per course

HANDS-ON 

LEARNING

Get stuck in and learn to cook 4-5 dishes

EXPERT EQUIPMENT

Our courses are all taught on the Country Fire Kitchen Hanging Frames

EXPERIENCED

TUTORS

Led by our Head Chef, Christian

SEASONAL

& LOCAL

Championing local, seasonal ingredients

Our Customer Reviews

"The wild venison butchering day was excellent. Totally absorbing and fascinating. Learning where your meat comes from is so important and makes you appreciate what's involved in all the preparation. Friendly atmosphere and lovely setting for the day - full belly by end of the day too with all the cooked venison! Just brilliant."
James M.
"Thoroughly enjoyed venison butchery and wood fired cooking. Wonderful setting, glorious food (sustainable and appreciated), professional set up and relaxed company, very knowledgeable, just really loved every minute. Thank you Christian and Beckie!"
Penny W.
"A wonderful experience and worth every penny. It’s a lovely position in the Surrey Hills! The staff are great, they obviously know their stuff and their enthusiasm is addictive. You learn bushcraft as well as cooking over fire that you have made yourself (no matches!) and eating some fantastic food."
Paul S.

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Spotlight On: Wild Venison

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. In this post, we explore why we should all eat more venison, where to find it and how to cook it to enjoy at home with your friends and family.

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.