Tuesday, February 4, 1919
Jim hung up the meat this
9 15 oclock
Notes and Questions
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"Jim hung up the meat..." > I think this would have been a step in preserving the hog meat.
Some time about Thanksgiving, they would have killed hogs and butchered the meat into hams, sholders, bacon, fat back,... that went into the salt box. It stayed in the salt box for some length of time with the salt pulling the moisture out of the meat and then the meat would have been hung in the smoke house and a smudge fire built so as to coat the meat with a smoke residue that insects would avoid. After some time smoking, the meat could be left to hang with no further treatment. The meat that wasn't smoked (sausage, tenderloin, pork chops, and cracklins were cooked at butchering time and canned or preserved in some fashion. Please check with Wayne on this and correct or delete as is proper.