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A Time for Pigs to Turn into Wursts

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    Posted: 06 February 2012 at 16:01

A Time for Pigs to Turn into Wursts
From Time/Life's Foods of the World - The Cooking of Germany, 1969:

"Everybody rejoices when November kills its pig." So says the Latin inscription under the painting (above) depicting the agricultural activity appropriate to November on the great clock in M√ľnster Cathedral. The artist showed a family, helped by a relative, doing its own butchering as was the custom in the 16th Century. After the butchering was completed and the Wurst was made, the family and the neighbours got together for a Schlachtfest, a convivial meal at which they sampled the freshly-made Wurst and dined on the parts of the pig that could not be processed. Nowadays farmers either take their pigs to a commercial plant to be slaughtered and processed or call in professional butchers to do the work. The Wurst-maker (below) is working with his own equipment in the sunny backyard of one of his customers, a farmer in the Bavarian Alps, filling a casing with a Wurst paste he has made himself using his own recipe.

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