Thursday, January 24, 2008

Everything but the squeal

That saying came from when people used to butcher their own hogs and use everything "but the squeal." Pigs ears, stomachs and feet even found uses. (Can you imagine blowing up a pig's stomach to play kickball?)

I was thinking of this today as I cut up some apples that were getting soft for apple sauce. The peels and core could have been used for apple jelly or syrup or to make pectin for other jellies or jams. There could have been nothing left "but the squeal," and since apples don't squeal (at least I've never heard one), there would have been nothing left but the pulp from which the jelly was strained. I suppose I could have salvaged a few seeds and planted them, too.

That's not extremely frugal. That's not being wasteful. Sadly, we live in such a wasteful time that not wasting things is thought to be strange or weird.


  1. Now if we could just teach this premise to the younger generation we'd all be in a better place. Bellen
    PS Do you think this government money giveaway will help? Seems to me it's just another way to not be responsible financially.

  2. I don't think it will help all that much in the long run. The real problem is too much debt, and it's too complicated to solve just by throwing more money at it.

  3. But you composted it right? ;)

  4. Well, there's snow on the ground here with well below freezing temperatures most of the time, so things don't compost well right now. I was wishing I had chickens or pigs because they would have enjoyed those peelings and cores! :)