Prepare cuts of meat in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.
What does a Halal Butcher do?
As a Halal Butcher, you prepare cuts of meat that has been acceptably slaughtered according to Islamic law. Though the dietary laws regarding meat require it to be slaughtered in a specific way and that the animal be treated with respect, in most settings, you rarely do the slaughtering yourself. Your job is simply to process the meat with skill and care into the pieces most usually sold at market: steaks, chops, ground, etc.
Cleanliness and attention to detail are extremely important in any butcher shop. You deal with some of the sharpest and most dangerous cutting implements in the culinary world. Your skill and precision with these devices also enhance the flavor and appearance of the meat you sell, and pay fitting tribute to the animal that gave its life.
Most Halal Butchers work in facilities that exclusively cater to Islamic communities and are free of forbidden foods (pork, etc.). But if you work in a mixed environment (a large metropolitan supermarket, for example), you’ll also be charged with keeping forbidden foods away from your halal goods, so as to preserve their validity.
Expect routine inspections from a certifying agency, either national or local. Maintaining proper documentation of orders, shipments, sales, and suppliers is vital to running a successful butcher shop. You also need good communication skills because you interact directly with many different people every day: customers, Supervisors, and Delivery Drivers, just to name a few.
A large operation could give you a regular, routine workweek. A smaller shop might require lots of overtime and special orders – especially around the holidays. But either way, you need to be flexible and reliable to succeed as a Halal Butcher.