Plautdietsch phrase: schweins tjast

Plautdietsch phrase: schweins tjast

Pronounced: shveens chast

Directly translated: Pig wedding

What it really means: hog butchering day

schwien schlacht'ing (hog butchering) on a Mennonite farm 1948

Here we see the tedious task of pork fat being rendered in a mejagrope. It took a strong and steady arm to continually stir the fat pieces over a fire for hours at a time.

And here's the final result from hours of  rendering. Glorious pork lard and crackles!

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