Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Message From Scrapple

Happy Saturday everyone.  Praise God I am again among the living and functional enough to be out and about.  Today my wife and I went to something called ScrappleFest in Philadelphia.  If anyone does not know what scapple is, well, its best you don't..  But if curiosity has the best of you, it is basically everything left from a pig after making hot dogs.  They say that hot dogs are made from the left overs, well scrapple is made from the stuff that they will not even put in hot dogs.  It is ground up, mixed with some corn meal as a binder, and shaped into square logs.  You slice the logs nice and thin and you fry the pieces.  What you get if you do it right is a crispy outside and a mushy flavorful inside.  It is not for everyone, but for many it is a guilty pleasure. 

So what can I possible post about in regards to scrapple.  I kind of wrestled with that all day, but in the end scrapple is a celebration of not being wasteful.  In America, we are a terribly wasteful people.  Our cups do truly runneth over and we generally just throw out that which runs over.  If something does not come out right, we throw it out.  If we have any doubt at all if it is still edible, we throw it out.  If we have extra on our plates, we throw it out.  In fact we take food and turn it into something called garnish for the express purpose of NOT being eaten and ultimately being thrown out.  Some of our elder people who grew up during the Depression know all too well about not wasting anything. Many cultures have ways of recycling leftovers that we never take the time to do.  Think about it, the empty carcass after Thanksgiving makes a great soup stock.  Day old bread can be turned into delicious bread pudding.  That is just the beginning, I am sure for every kind of leftover imaginable, there is a plethora of delicious recipes, just ask your grandmother. 

And there we have scrapple.  It is the leftovers of the leftovers.  The most undesirable of the undesirable parts of the pig.  Most would think it has no other value than to just be thrown away.  We seem to think sometimes that we are tioo "good" for those pieces of meat and we turn our noses up at such things.  I mean, can any of you imagine eating meal worms?  Yet for many in the world, it is a food that keeps them alive.  I think the problem we have in America is that we eat for pleasure rather than survival.  We do need food to survive, but we instead gorge ourselves and leave more waste than entire communities get to eat.  I am not less guilty of that, as my waist line evidences. 

Anyway, the point of this rambling post is to not be wasteful.  If we have so much extra, then we are hoarding too much.  If we have so much excess that we are throwing some out,  than obviously we have too much and are not being good stewards of what God has given us.  The excess we receive, as God's word tells us, is for us to be able to share with those who do hot have enough.  I know we can not send our table scraps to those starving in Africa, but if we take that small amount of money wasted on excess and use that money to bless those who are lacking, we can make a huge impact on the world.  That little bit added up over many people can snowball into something huge.  We are called to make disciples of all the nations, but even Jesus recognized that people will listen to that message a whole lot better if their immediate and urgent physical needs are met.  Scrapple is a glorious example of not wasting anything.  Those undesirable scraps of leftover leftovers are combine to make what I am sure is millions upon millions of dollars for the scrapple industry.  Just think what God can do with your "leftovers."
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack." 2 Corinthians 8:12-15 NKJV

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