We cut the two hogs into meat today. I took lots of digital pictures. And when I tried to load them to my computer, I got the message "Corrupted files". I'm disappointed. But I'll tell you about our day.
Cliff went out around 9 AM, fed the critters, and got tables, grinders, and other needed equipment ready. After 10, I went out to help. Tyler, one of the next-door, fourteen-year-old twins, took over the grinder, I began to wrap, and we were under way.
Unfortunately, my wrapping skills leave something to be desired. So when Rachel, our daughter, showed up with Natalie, her seven-year-old, we put her wrapping. And Natalie, who had announced earlier she was NOT going to look at those poor dead pigs, braved the scene, found it not to be so horrifying, and began writing on the packages of meat according to what cut it was... chops, sausage, ground pork, ribs, roast, and so forth.
The son-in-law, Kevin, came soon after, with Monica (the nine-year-old) and his mom, Linda. Everyone found something to do, and we were in business. Monica didn't last long, though. I noticed a big pile of fat Cliff seemed to be discarding, and said, "What are you doing with that?"
"Throwing it away," he said.
"All that good lard???? Lard makes the BEST pie crust!"
So, I came inside with the rescued fat and began cutting it in smaller pieces to render. It's still on the stove, turning into lard very slowly.
We ended up taking the electric skillet to the shop and frying two pounds of sausage and four pork chops, just so we could sample our wares. Delicious!
It's been a great day. We were done by 3 PM, and inside eating the chili Rachel brought. If only my pictures had turned out. And now I'm wondering if something is wrong with my camera.