What do the poor really eat?
Now that my Why bacon? thread has throrougly drifted off topic, let me start a thread about a point that was raised there. It is pretty much in the form of what animal-based protein sources do locals store/preserve and how?
This is far from a generic study but it is based on observations of my wife's family and neighbors. While refrigeration may change this in the future, up until the Ortega administration, the grid was not reliable enough for a poor person to depend on as a way to store these items.
The main difference I saw between "city folk" and "country folk" was what was available. City folk might have chickens, probably not pigs and certainly not cows.
- Milk is preserved by making it into cuajada.
- Eggs are just stored without refrigeration.
- Chicken meat is preserved by not killing it until you are ready to eat it.
- Pigs and cows seem to be an excuse for a party. For example, a neighbor in Tisey would have "cow-based" a huge party every year. If there was meat left over, people went home with leftovers.