This picture is of Ouma, the sweetest daughter-in-law a mother could ever have, Holly, Joe, and Grandad.
I prepare for another wrestle trying to learn how to blog and feel sorry for myself, we can look back at Web and see how life was treating him – “Thursday September 20, 1866 cloudy & Rainy Hauled two loads of sand from sleepers sand bank for the school house. Went up to Moses got Lydia with his colt” This is Web’s entry in his diary.
Friday September 21, 1900 Hot & Showers
DBH went to creamery done chores dug potatoes Guy W helped me.
This was Web’s entry for this date in history. DBH was a man who worked for Web. The creamery was where the farmers took their whole milk and brought home skimmed milk and were paid for the cream that the creamery then turned into butter to be sold. Web was 68 at this time and still ran a farm and was part owner of the starch factory. He grew potatoes which he sold to the starch factory. Guy W was my father. He was three years old at this time and lived in Web’s house with Web, Hattie, his mother, and Ernest his father. Web helped to raise Guy for the first 20 years of Guy’s life. Guy Webster was named for Web.
“January 5, 1866: Web and John did the morning chores and returned to the house. At breakfast Web said, “I think I will thrash the wheat at Father’s place today. It is too cold to be outside chopping.”
Sounds like a good idea,” agreed Lydia. “Be sure to dress warmly.”
Lydia worked around the house all day. She finished up the ironing and mending for the week. she worked with renewed strength. The visit last evening had done her a world of good. She even baked an apple pie for Web’s dinner.
When Web came home for dinner, it took him quite a while to get warmed up. He lingered a little longer by the fire this noon.
“Why don’t you stay home this afternoon?” Lydia asked.
“I don’t have much left to do and I would like to get it finished today.”
“I will do the butter this afternoon. I can help you that much and besides I have wanted to teach John how to is done incase we need him to do it one day.” Lydia hoped this would get her husband home earlier and out of the cold before dark set in.
Web agreed and headed up to Father’s place. When he was only half way there he wondered if he had made the right decision, the cold settled in so quickly. But there was work to be done and he would do it.
Lydia taught John the ins and outs of butter making. She took him step by step through the process and taught him the dos and dont’s of butter making. She showed him how to churn the butter, how to work out all the buttermilk. She told him to always use the wooden paddles and never use his hands, as that would give the butter an oily taste and make it become rancid very soon. Next he must use rock salt, because this does not contain as much lime as the common salt does. Then the butter is to be packed firmly into the butter tubs and half buried in the floor of the cellar. If the butter is done this way, it will keep nice for years, or as long as needed.
Web finished thrashing the wheat. He loaded his sled with a load of straw for his animals and he brought home the bags of wheat he had worked on all day. By this time it had turned colder still and he was thankful to arrive home this afternoon. John helped him put the straw and wheat in the barn before he would go into the house to warm up. Web started the afternoon chores but he was so cold and sore he asked John to finish them alone. Web went into the house to sit for a spell before supper.
Supper was eaten in near silence. Web asked John to do the evening chores without him this evening, and after writing in his diary Web went to bed early. Lydia gave him an extra free stone to help him get warm.
In his diary he wrote:”Friday January 5, 1866 Dreadful Cold Day Went up to Fathers thrashed wheat took home load of straw and the wheat Froze both my ears”
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
- 3 feet sheep or small (1-1/2-inch diameter) hog casings
- 1 pound lean pork, cubed
- 3/4 pound lean beef, cubed
- 1/4 pound pork fat, cubed
- 1/4 cup very finely minced onion
- 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seed
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon freshly fine ground white pepper
- 1 egg white
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 cup milk
Grind the pork, beef, and fat cubes through the fine blade separately. Mix together and grind again. Mix the seasonings into the meat mixture with your hands. This tends to be a sticky procedure, so wet your hands with cold water first.
Chill the mixture for half an hour then put the mixture thorough the fine blade of the grinder once more. Stuff the casings and twist them off into six-inch links. Parboil the links (without separating them) in gently simmering water for 20 minutes. Place the franks in a bowl of ice water and chill thoroughly. Remove, pat dry, and refrigerate. Because they are precooked, they can be refrigerated for up to a week or they can be frozen.
Preparing the Casing
Snip off about four feet of casing. (Better too much than too little because any extra can be repacked in salt and used later.) Rinse the casing under cool running water to remove any salt clinging to it. Place it in a bowl of cool water and let it soak for about half an hour. While you’re waiting for the casing to soak, you can begin preparing the meat as detailed above.
After soaking, rinse the casing under cool running water. Slip one end of the casing over the faucet nozzle. Hold the casing firmly on the nozzle, and then turn on the cold water, gently at first, and then more forcefully. This procedure will flush out any salt in the casing and pinpoint any breaks. Should you find a break, simply snip out a small section of the casing.
Place the casing in a bowl of water and add a splash of white vinegar. A tablespoon of vinegar per cup of water is sufficient. The vinegar softens the casing a bit more and makes it more transparent, which in turn makes your sausage more pleasing to the eye. Leave the casing in the water/vinegar solution until you are ready to use it. Rinse it well and