When most women were out making a career for themselves, I was a stay at home mom. When most husbands were out enjoying some free leisure time, my husband was working long hours equivalent of a second job so that I could stay home with our five kids. Even with long hours and frugal life style, money still wasn’t an easy thing for us.
During the lean years, when it was time to pack my husband’s lunch, braunschweiger was a staple. Have you had braunschweiger or do you know what it is? Wikipedia says, braunschweiger is, “40% pork liver or scalded beef liver, 30% scalded pork jowl, 20% lean pork trimmings and 10% bacon ends and pieces. Added seasonings include salt and often include white pepper, onion powder or chopped onion, and mace.” Sounds yummy right?!?!? Well my husband never minded the stuff and it was dirt cheap.
Things have change…We live on the farm where hubby works so I pack very few lunches. He just pops in and we eat a simple lunch like grill cheese, fried egg sandwich or leftovers except for about a week in the spring and three weeks in the fall when farming takes him further away from our house. Now I pack better lunches…left over chicken or homemade pizza. I haven’t purchased the braunschweiger for years.
I was in the grocery store on Monday and passed by the meat area where the braunschweiger was. I smiled and tossed a roll in the cart.
Today when I was making his lunch, I got out the braunschweiger and made the sandwiches. I got his lunch packed and then quickly wrote a note and put it in his lunch box.
I enjoy looking back and remembering the days when all we could afford was the cheapest meat. I am so thankful for those days…I’m thankful that hubby was willing to work extra long hours so I could be home with the kids. For us, I think it was the right choice even if it included braunschweiger…. Thanks and enjoy your sandwiches honey!