Monday April 12th have been making sausages. Tried
lard salted pork &c &c Went to the store and bought
large tins mixing pan two small and one larger pan and
tin dipper. Susan washed the dishes She does not like
to work very well, though she improves some
I had 38 lbs sausage meat seasoned them with 3/4 lbs salt
4 1/2 oz sage & savory 3 1/2 oz pepper Am going to
watch with Mrs Brett tonight. Not very pleasant
Evelina gave us one of her own recipes today, for sausage seasoned with salt, sage, savory and pepper. She “tried the lard,” too, meaning that she boiled it down somewhat. And she probably used some of her new cookware in the process, while young Susie Ames helped grudgingly with the dishes.
As usual, Evelina cooked on a grand scale, inviting speculation as to just how much food her family ate. With a husband, three grown sons and a still-growing little girl all at the dinner table, we can imagine that 38 pounds of sausage didn’t last long. A month, maybe?
Old Oliver, meanwhile, was in forward gear. After noting the “cool” and “chilly” temperature, he seemed please to write that “we were a digging a cellar to day for a cariage hous –“ Perhaps the planning for the new stone shops had inspired him to add another building – a carriage house – to the list of new constructions.