Why didn't my Mom's preservation tactics not kill us! ;)
I just took a stroll down memory lane!
I bought a half of a pig. While I was putting it in my freezer, already possessed and frozen in vacuum bags, It brought back memories of how Mom preserved our pigs. We didn't have a freezer back in the 60's and we would butcher two pigs every fall.
It was my job to grind the sausage with a hand cranked grinder. She would fry the sausage and put the hot patties in a canning jar. Then pour in the hot grease, put the lids on and wait until they "popped". Then she would turn the jars upside down before the grease set up and store them in our milk cellar. I think she believed that the grease helped with the seal.
We had a safer way to store the bacon and big cuts since we had a salt box in the barn, I remember digging in the salt many cold mornings before breakfast could be cooked.
It was so tasty. Thank goodness no one ever got sick!