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March 17, 2014

Amish Cook butchers hogs, restocks pork supplies

We are into the first week of March, which is unbelievable. It makes us think of spring, but the weather outside is telling us something a whole lot different.

All morning it has been snowing. Just a nice scenic snow with not much of a wind blowing. It is a relaxing kind of snow and the flakes are clinging to the trees. The thermometer shows 18 degrees, which almost seems like spring to us after all the sub-zero temperatures we have had this year. Monday morning the temperature was -5, so we like the 18 degrees this morning.

Daughter Susan, 18, started a new job on Monday morning at the same RV factory where daughter Elizabeth has worked for close to 2 years. I miss Susan's good help here at home, but I can understand that she wants a job, too.

It is a peaceful quiet morning so I decided to get this column done for the week. Daughter Verena wasn't feeling too well this morning so I told her she should take a nap on the recliner and maybe that will help. My husband Joe is at work and the five youngest are in school.

I am planning to slice the hams and bacon as soon as I finish this column. We were done butchering the four hogs by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The sausage was ground and bagged for the freezer. Eighteen gallons of "pon hoss" was made in the big black kettle outside. It is made by adding flour and salt and pepper to the juice and meat cooked from the pork bones. The lard was rendered in the kettle too. The cracklings were enjoyed by all after the lard was done.

There was a job for everyone and the younger children helped cut the lard into small pieces while some cut the sausage into small pieces for the grinder. Others trimmed bones so there was something for everyone to do. I was really surprised how fast all the work went with so many willing helpers. We did all the work in the shed so the house didn't get messed up too much.

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