Monday, November 14, 2011

Strange Hoodoo Food Ritual

I found the following while conversing with a person online and letting them know that eating squirrels, especially their brains, can be dangerous as squirrels carry a version of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (similar to Mad Cow Disease) and which can be passed on to humans. Even cooking does not destroy the pathogens as the pathogen in question is not alive, but rather a "mutant" protein called a prion.

This is a recipe for "Burgoo", a type of stew. Pay attention to the end.

Kentucky Burgoo (Serves 25)

Makes 1200 gallons of stew; used for the Kentucky Derby Day celebration This recipe is from a very old southern cookbook entitled "322 Old Dixie Recipes"(1939)
Squirrels - 1 doz.to each 100 gals.
600 lbs. lean soup meat (no fat, no bacon)
200 lbs. fat hens, plucked
2,000 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced
200 lbs. onion, peeled and diced
5 bushels of cabbage, chopped
60 lbs.of tomatoes, deskinned & chopped
24 lbs. of tomatoes - pureed
24 lbs. of corn, cut from cob
Red pepper and salt to taste and Worcestershire by the pint.
Mix the ingredients, a little at a time and cook coutdoors in huge iron kettles over wood for 20 hour, stirring constantly.
The name burgoo literally means a soup composed of many vegetables and meats delectably fused together in an enormous caldron, over which, at the exact moment, a rabbit's foot at the end of a yarn string is properly waved by a black preacher whose salary has been paid to date. These are the good omens by which the burgoo is fortified.
 
http://www.mad-cow.org/~tom/victim23.html#Kentucky

Of course the rabbit foot is for luck so this definitely is a Hoodoo ritual for the blessing of the Burgoo.

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