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January 7, 2011

Pork rinds from which lard is rendered. (nl:Re...

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Letting NOTHING Go to Waste


If you read about Butcher Day five days ago on ViewfromBippus, then you will recall our friend Gina mentioning that when her family butchers hogs, they use everything but the squeal.  Everything.  That’s what conservation means to me- no stinkin waste.

So I have been back and forth, visiting Gina’s Blog over and over and wondering how we can become more efficient.  How can we “use everything but the squeal” ?  With the price of energy and food increasing, it is becoming more important for us all to increase our Conservation Efficiency Quotient (CEQ).

In the hog butchering example that Gina shared with us, her family scalded the hogs, then rubbed the hair off the skin.  The skin and fat were then heated, the fat turning to liquid (a liquid known to us as lard) and deep frying the skin in said lard to become “cracklins“.

"Cracklins" otherwise known as pork rinds

Modern butchers rarely use hog skins, so in this regard, Gina’s family has secured a much higher CEQ than the traditional American butcher.  How many of my dear readers have ever eaten cracklins (pig skins deep fried in lard) ?  Would you try them, if they were available to you?

Would you try them if they were cheaper than an order of french fries at your favorite drive through window?  How about if they lowered your cholesterol?

Your Energy CEQ

Here is a quick question –  How much energy do you use in an average day?

Don’t answer, it is a trick question… To really answer this question you ought to be asking, “To which sort of energy do you refer, Milton”.  And my answer to that would be “ALL”…

It would include the calories from food that you eat.  The electrical energy in kilowatthours used to light your house, power your clocks and fans and refrigerator/freezer and toaster /stove/oven/microwave/coffeemaker…you get the idea-your computer is included.  It would include the gas (either natural gas or propane) that you use to heat your house and water and stove/oven. There is even an energy cost to provide running water, it doesn’t go uphill by itself, you know.  And what about the gasoline and ethanol and diesel fuel that we use to power our cars/trucks/SUV’s and so on?

Energy Usage Subtotals

OK, so we have all these types of energy (fuel) that we use.  How about if we would attach a cost to each one, that is, how much we spend for each of these types of energy, and then assess how efficiently we utilize that energy?  Big cost item necessitates the need for higher efficiency.  Raising our CEQ.  Using everything but the squeal.  More to follow.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Mike Caines permalink
    January 7, 2011 10:34 pm

    Cracklings are good–but be careful not to crack a tooth!

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