Tried a new technique for scalding pigs that I'd seen in pictures from the 20s and 30s.
This particular tub is an iron tub, but it's not very heavy duty. It'll do for the experiment.
The first attempt is to grab the ends of the chain and "saw" back and forth -- the goal being to remove the hair and skin. It really isn't that effective. it does take the outer layer of skin off, but the hair isn't coming off at all. We finally have to pick it off by hand and shave it off.
I'd been wanting to try this technique for a while, and after doing so, I think that the chains were there just to make getting the pig out of the tub easier. they do work for that.
the old-time pictures show them building a wood fire underneath the tub to heat the water.
17 hours ago