I can't really say if this is THE Russian way, but it's the way that the three Russians wanted to do it when they bought a pig today.
"Can we use that?" pointing to my hay barn. No, you can't use that, this is where we process the pigs. "no, the, how you say it... the grass, in the barn" the hay? the bales of hay? "yes! yes! we light fire with hay, and it burns, and I like the taste of the meat when it is that way" So you burn off the hair with burning hay? "yes, you break the bundle and put it on the pig" using hands he makes a pyramid, showing the hay stacked on the pig. "high, like this!, and then burn it, and it is tradition!"
Sure, if you want to do that, I'll sell you a bale for $6. "Ok! maybe next time! "
Took about 2 hours for them to get the pig into the shape that they were happy with, about the same amount of time for a boiled-water scald.
Kinda fun to learn about the customs and traditions. These guys had watched as children as their parents processed pigs, and missed it. This was their re-connection to their roots.
(note: We put the pig on pallets to allow the water to drain as it was scrubbed, and to keep the concrete from cracking from the heat of the torch. )
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