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March 10, 2014

Amish Cook makes doughnuts for butchering day

We had 200 gallons of propane delivered here this morning. The price wasm $2.69 a gallon which is probably the most we have paid since we started using it. When we lived in Indiana, we didn't use propane. It makes one eager to see spring and the arrival of warmer weather.

Also, with the days getting longer and staying daylight longer it will also help not to use the propane lights as much. With using the lights for heat on those really cold days, it emptied that tank fast. We had our 500 gallon tank filled right after Christmas just before the price went up to almost $5 a gallon. We sure felt relieved that our propane supply held out until the price came down this much. We use propane for our water pump, water heater, refrigerator and the heater we have in our pump house.

This morning the mercury dipped down to 4 degrees, but it sounds like warmer weather is on the way for the weekend. We are hoping that holds true as we want to butcher four hogs. Friday evening we will dress four big hogs. Two will be for Jacob and Emma and two for us.

Early Saturday morning the big black kettles will be filled with water to get it boiling to cook all the meat from the bones. All the hams, pork steak, tenderloin and bacon will be cut out and the meat cut from the bones. The sausage will be ground, pon hoss (scrapple) made and lard rendered.

We decided instead of butchering hogs at Jacob's and here that we would rather just make one big day of it and butcher them all at the same time. We should have plenty of help with Jacob, Emma, and family and sisters Verena and Susan helping. Our oldest daughter's special friends will also come help and they sure make the work easier and go so much faster.

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