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#3131892 - 01/20/13 03:04 PM A Saga of Souse
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OK, I'm a pretty open person, perhaps even gastronomically adventurous. I don't have a formal Gut Bucket list, but when I get the opportunity to eat something new, particularly something that has historical significance ("hey, my grandpa use to eat this crap") or the weight of daring upon it ("you ate WHAT?!"), I'll generally jump in, if for no other reason than to get the T-shirt.

So it was when I happened upon some clearance priced Souse at our local Kroger. Immediately, I recognized the rarity of the moment: clearance souse is nothing to be casual about. And as it met both of my other prerequisites, having a sense of risk as well as being grandfathered in (or "in" grandfather), I jumped. At home, my wife listened as I shared my tale of shopping domination, but she did so from the far side of the kitchen.

Mid-report, as I reviewed the receipt, I noticed that I had not been charged the clearance souse price, but the full regular price! Dismay! The next day, I stood in line at Kroger's Customer Service desk, pork product and receipt in hand. It was then I noticed that I was wearing overalls. Dude... was I turning into a souse eater that quickly? I could see stares from the yuppie shoppers walking by that seemed to say, "Look there, honey, I'll bet he eats souse." Nearby, children were drawn close.

So this morning before church I decided to utilize my souse for the first time. I slapped two slices into a skillet and went for the eggs. Almost anything made of pork can be whipped into a passable breakfast when paired with eggs. "Honey," I proclaimed, "I'm throwing a souse breakfast together for us!" That was when I looked into the skillet. Apparently, whatever molecular ties bind the unmentionables that are souse (in order of importance, pork skin, pork hearts, pork tongues, pork. What bits are so foul as to not be specified after the word 'pork', I need not know)together are temperature sensitive, for the heating process had rapidly devolved two thick slices into a soupy goo. To put it delicately, it looked like someone's retriever had jumped up onto the stove, found out I was cooking souse, and then hurled into the skillet.

"What?" my wife asked. I cleverly responded, "Don't look! Er... it's a surprise!" 29 years in, she no longer tempts fate, and so she stayed clear.

A good bit of cooking later, and stirring in a few extra eggs, I managed to heat the mess into something that would stay on a fork. There was just something about slopping something off a plate with a spoon that seemed a little too much like the episode where the Waltons invite the poor neighbor children over to eat dinner with them. And I don't mean the role of the Waltons. I scooped two heaping tablespoons onto a saucer and thrust it in front of my wife. She took a tentative bite, assuming that of the two cooks in the house, this had not come from the normal person. "Nmmnn. Nintenesting. Nut nis it?"

"It's just like hash!" I stated encouragingly. Last I saw, there was a semi-full saucer of breakfast on the sink in the bathroom, but what do I care? I'll bet the hogs'll eat it.

Now I just need to find some hogs.
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#3131930 - 01/20/13 03:32 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Nimrod777]
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#3131937 - 01/20/13 03:36 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Nimrod777]
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Hahaha...great story. Felt like I just read the back page "humor" section of Field & Stream! I've never ever heard of souse I said through the first part of your story...thinking to myself it must be something from The Cat in the Hat!
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#3131945 - 01/20/13 03:40 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: timberjack86]
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You don't cook souse, silly! Make you a sandwich. Don't even think about using whole wheat bread though! I hear that causes mayhem akin to the detonation of a small nuclear warhead.

A couple of cups of mustard on that sandwich might make it Edible too!
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#3131967 - 01/20/13 03:51 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: ]
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Now that was HILARIOUS story, thanks for the great laugh!!!!
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#3131973 - 01/20/13 03:57 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Coach]
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Now I know why Burger King offers 2 for $3 breakfast sandwichs. Always take the extra one to your pastor on Sunday morning, he is probably hungry (or his POOR wife). \:D

Great story Keith.
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#3131974 - 01/20/13 03:58 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Coach]
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 Originally Posted By: Coach
Hahaha...great story. Felt like I just read the back page "humor" section of Field & Stream! I've never ever heard of souse I said through the first part of your story...thinking to myself it must be something from The Cat in the Hat!


Might be closer to something the Cat left IN the Hat \:D
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#3131976 - 01/20/13 03:58 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: plinker22]
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Souse, saltines and tobasco.....mmmmmm
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#3132048 - 01/20/13 05:14 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: westtntoms]
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My friend relives the childhood moment when his dad slices a big piece of sause for a sandwich and when he folded the piece over there was a big eyeball staring at him.Delicious!
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#3132059 - 01/20/13 05:17 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: diamond hunter]
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you can lay souse on the tailgate of a truck in the summer and it will melt away, most nasty stuff I have ever seen
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#3132114 - 01/20/13 05:54 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Chaneylake]
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that is funny.... made me laugh out loud... (the dog part)... I am the same way about trying things.. i love to do it... Last week I tried Beef tongue and "sweet breads" for the first time.... they were really good.
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#3132116 - 01/20/13 05:56 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Sako]
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I eat raw oysters, clam, shrimp, mussels, mushrooms, etc...but, the old Coach is not...not going to eat eyeballs or...well...balls!
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#3132130 - 01/20/13 06:04 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: diamond hunter]
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I 2nd the crackers , hot sauce, and souse. Funny story though
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#3132144 - 01/20/13 06:12 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: jeff ll]
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Had never thought about trying till a man that lived next door to me made it. He was a butcher all his life and what he made looked nothing like what you see in the stores. He said he wouldn't even eat it. But it sure was good.
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#3132338 - 01/20/13 08:11 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: westtntoms]
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 Originally Posted By: westtntoms
Souse, saltines and tobasco.....mmmmmm
yup!!! A meal that is fit for a king!
That is at my house, where I am king. Lol
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#3132342 - 01/20/13 08:14 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Sako]
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 Originally Posted By: Sako
that is funny.... made me laugh out loud... (the dog part)... I am the same way about trying things.. i love to do it... Last week I tried Beef tongue and "sweet breads" for the first time.... they were really good.

Have a beef tongue in the freezer from the cow we had processed. Waiting for a special occasion, but I know it's delicious stuff. Hard to come by anymore.
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#3132350 - 01/20/13 08:21 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Nimrod777]
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Farmers slaughter house in Mayfield KY.
Best souse ever.

Crackers with hot sauce or even miracle whip either one. Yummy !
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#3132395 - 01/20/13 08:42 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: RUGER]
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#3132547 - 01/20/13 10:18 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: leader]
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Dip it in vinegar and/or mustard and eat it with crackers.Good homemade souse is a great snack.
Don't use eyes ect.
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#3132567 - 01/20/13 10:36 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Paul Burns]
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FUNNY! Moral to the story -- souse is to ONLY be eaten cold! I like it occasionally.
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#3132574 - 01/20/13 10:43 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: diamond hunter]
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Man that sounds worse than Spam.... Strangely delicious but not really...
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#3132577 - 01/20/13 10:50 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: catman529]
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Well, it was pretty good cooked into an egg scramble; better if cooked in a dark kitchen.

And this stuff is to spam like a hobo is to Earl of Sandwich
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#3132598 - 01/20/13 11:43 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Nimrod777]
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I bet if you ground up a whole entire pig, it would still not have all the parts required to make souse... or spam, potted meat, scrapple, etc...
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#3132640 - 01/21/13 06:22 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: catman529]
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Thanks but no thanks. but a great story Keith.
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#3132700 - 01/21/13 07:50 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Bow Hunter]
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Commonly refered to as "Hog Head Cheese " I have been told a hog is one of the few animals you can eat from "the rooter to the pooter.
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#3132713 - 01/21/13 08:06 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: old buck 171]
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I enjoyed your story.

I happen to like souse but that stuff you get at Kroger is no where as good as a good home recipe.
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#3132719 - 01/21/13 08:08 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: old buck 171]
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Years ago I went to a hog hunting operation in TN with my 9 year old son. After we killed the hog it was hanging in the processing area. One of the workers came over, reached up and cut the hogs testik...testo...balls off and was holding them like you would a bag of marbles. My son asked me why he did that and what he was going to do with them. The guy overheard and said to us, "best eating on earth, if you don't want 'em I'd like to have 'em"
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#3132858 - 01/21/13 10:01 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: Coach]
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Funny Stuff!
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#3132888 - 01/21/13 10:36 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: BamaProud]
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I have a freind who owned the Shelby Forest General store. There are always a bunch of ole men who hang out on the porch everyday. The store cooks bugers and whatever else on a griddle top. Everytime he hired a new girl the ole men would ask for a grilled souse sammich....and like Nimrod said it just melts. The ole men got a kick out of it..... \:D
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#3132980 - 01/21/13 11:51 AM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: beechnut]
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#3133182 - 01/21/13 02:53 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: beechnut]
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 Originally Posted By: beechnut
I have a freind who owned the Shelby Forest General store. There are always a bunch of ole men who hang out on the porch everyday. The store cooks bugers and whatever else on a griddle top. Everytime he hired a new girl the ole men would ask for a grilled souse sammich....and like Nimrod said it just melts. The ole men got a kick out of it..... \:D

Nothing pranks like cold cuts \:D
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#3133307 - 01/21/13 04:38 PM Re: A Saga of Souse [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
I bet if you ground up a whole entire pig, it would still not have all the parts required to make souse... or spam, potted meat, scrapple, etc...


I am pretty sure I watched my great grandmother chase the squeal around the kitchen after she got the head scraped when she was making spouse. I was told not to ask what was in it, just eat it.
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