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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006
How to preserve meat...
Before we had refridgeration, meat was typically preserved in barrels of salt.

You would cut the meat into small "salting blocks", and lay them like bricks of meat in the salt - using the salt like mortar laying piece by piece in the barrel - being careful that no two pieces touch each other - pounding the salt in the spaces between the meat.

The salt draws out the moisture from the meat and creates an environment inhospitable to bacteria.

In Numbers 18:19 we read, "All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you." Likewise in 2 Chronicles 13:5 we read, "Should you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?"

When we understand how salt was used to preserve meat - we get a more vivid picture of what the bible says in verses such as these.
posted by Daniel @ 9:40 AM  
7 Comments:
  • At 11:20 AM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    Interesting...

    BTW, I noticed your clock is on Calgary time. Did you move?

     
  • At 12:48 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Nah, I just haven't got round to changing it yet.

     
  • At 12:51 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    There - now we are back on Winnipeg time. ;-)

     
  • At 1:02 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    Interesting. Does salt not have any other kind of meaning, like yeast represents sin, Biblically?
    From your background (your father's occupation), you know of what you speak. But it struck me as interesting that salt would be a preservative, since doesn't it also serve to break down the tissue of meat? I'm thinking of something we have in the US called Adolph's Meat Tenderizer, which someone explained to me is basically an agent to break down the tissue of the meat, hence it becomes more tender. Adolf's primary ingredient is salt.
    That's interesting if salt can serve two very seemingly contradictory functions.

     
  • At 3:15 PM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    The 'tenderness' of meat is measured by how much force is required to shear the muscle. The more tender the meat, the less force is required.

    Typically, it is the natural enzymes present in the meat that make the meat tender. These enzymes break down muscle fibre - making the meat "relax" and giving it a "tenderness."

    Marinates work by assisting these same enzymes in breaking down the muscle fibre. While salt can help this process, it isn't a big player in the picture - and is usually present for seasoning rather than marinating.

    I am no expert on this however, so don't take my word on it. ;-)

     
  • At 12:31 PM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Daniel,

    I'm not one for stretching a metaphor but, as a woman, I am unfortunately well-acquainted with one property of salt in particular, i.e. retaining water.

    Follow me now . . . if Jesus is the living water, and we are to be salt, then the saltier we are, the more living water we retain!

    :)

     
  • At 3:20 PM, April 13, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    I think the irish have a saying, "salts preserve us!"

    oh, wait, thats "Saints preserve us"

    Retaining water? A stretched metaphor, but it does lend itself!

     
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