It's Not a Sin to Bin!

It's Not a Sin to Bin! Or, so says the 'signature' of one of my friends on the sausagemaking.org forum. Oh boy! Was that relevant this weekend. Firstly, some ham pieces I was preparing for my 'Ham and Garlic Sausage' went 'off', and now my trial 'Local Cider and Honey Ham' has gone 'down the Swanee'! I made this test ham using the injection method of curing and it's turned out with bigger lines than the local heroin addict! It's a pity because it tasted OK and didn't look too bad:

Cider and Honey Ham

That is, until I sliced some:

Yuk, ham with brown lines in it

Doh! I'll make another using a full immersion cure. I'd even made some rolls to put it in:

Bread Rolls

Anyway, to you cheer everyone up, here's three of my favourites from our village's scarecrow competition this weekend:

Picture of scarecrow
Picture of scarecrow
Picture of scarecrow

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There are seven comments

danmcg

Well the rolls look great if that makes ya feel better Phil. The ham also looks wonderful on the outside, it’s a shame on the inner appearance. good luck with the next one.
You’re not alone here either I did up a Kg of your ham and garlic lunch meat and had “issues” to say the least, and nothing to do with your recipe and advice. It will be headed for the bin, too bad cause it looks nice.

danmcg, - 11-10-’11 23:40
Phil

It seems like it’s infectious!

Phil, (URL) - 12-10-’11 15:28
Tim

If it tasted ok, does it matter too much what it looks like? Or is that the cure didn’t work and so it went off quickly?

Tim, (URL) - 13-10-’11 18:55
Phil

Well, I suppose that’s one way of looking at it, but I’m afraid that I ‘wimped out’ and chucked it!

Phil, (URL) - 13-10-’11 19:33
danmcg

Forgot to mention about the scarecrows. Funny how we have fixed ideas about other countries and there habits. I always thought it states were the only one nuts enough to do crazy Halloween stuff, nice to see the UK can out do us in this endeavor. I like the Jockey in the hedge row if we’re voting .

danmcg, - 14-10-’11 23:36
Phil

We seem to have inherited your Halloween tradition in recent years (or at least the worst aspects of it!) but have our own tradition of making effigies called Guys to celebrate(?) Guy Fawkes – he tried to blow up Parliament (The UK Government) in 1605!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes

However, this type of village event is more related to scarecrows that were used in the fields to do just that – scare crows!

I agree with you about the Jockey.

We do loads of these daft things in the village – including a Pram Race on Boxing Day:

http://www.thurlastononline.co.uk/thurla..

Phil, (URL) - 15-10-’11 16:48
DanMcG

LOL Pram racing,,,,You got us beat by a mile….I think I’d like being a neighbor of yours Phil, it sure looks like you guys enjoy yourselves.
Dan

DanMcG, - 15-10-’11 22:52

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