Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hog killing weather!

This sudden cold snap reminds me of my childhood days when we used to kill a hog in November after it was cold enough to do so. It was not a pleasant chore for me since I hated for Dad to kill anything. But this was the source of much of our food during the winter months. I must admit that the sausage they made was the best stuff you ever put in your mouth! What I wouldn't give for some of that good sausage again today! Nothing you can buy at the store tastes as good as that. It was an all day chore with all the cutting of the meat and wrapping it and putting it in the freezer. The hams were prepared for hanging in the smokehouse to cure. Then the fat was boiled down and rendered into lard. Nothing was wasted in hog killing (except the innards of course). Yes it was time consuming and hard work, but on cold snowy days it tasted mighty good indeed!!


Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderful picture you paint. I can almost see the hogs and I can definitely feel that cold snap! Missing the tastes of one's youth or childhood..Yum Yum...really makes you miss those days, doesn't it? Love your blog!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Amen to the old time sausage. The problem now is that they need to cover the smell that is imbedded into the meat from the confinement houses, so they put in a lot of seasoning. The old sausage with the subtle taste of salt, pepper, and and little sage is gone. Ham didn't get any better than that either. Thanks.

7:33 AM  

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