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Old 09-09-2012, 08:33 PM   #121
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Originally Posted by bakechef View Post
Haven't had boiled dinner for ages. Mom used to make it a few times during the winter and family would just happen to show up!

My mom always used the smoked shoulder (ham) and dad always made a hash out of the leftovers the next day.

I hear that some use corned beef, but we never had it that way.
Neither did we. For St Paddy's Day in March all the barrooms make it with the corn beef.

I found an easy way to peel the turnips. Cut it in half at the equator. Then slice off the ends. The slice it into 1-2 inch slices. Peel the slices. Works like a charm. Just under the peel is a very thin light colored strip. That is very bitter. Peel just below that lighter strip.

Funny how a boiled dinner draws people in. If I was sitting on the front stoop with some friends, they could smell it cooking. All of a sudden they would want to go into my house and play cards or the piano. And it always happened just when dinner was ready. But there was always enough. My mother would always make Flannel Hash with the left overs.

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:05 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by Addie View Post
I remember my ,mother telling me to never pay more than fifty cents a pound for meat. She would tell me that we could wait until it went on sale.
According to the USDA, the average prices for beef received by farmers per live weight pound went from 9 cents in 1941 to 22 cents in 1948 and 27 cents in 1970.
The cheaper retail cuts sold for about 4 times prices received by farmers.

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