Cutting Ham: Why Do You Do This?

A tale to think about...

A woman was cutting both ends off of a ham to cook for a large family dinner.

Her husband looked at her curiously and asked, "Why do you do this?"

The woman replied, "Because my mother always did it."

Her mother soon arrived for the family dinner and the woman's husband asked his mother in law, "Why did you always cut off the ends of the ham when you cooked?"

His mother in law replied, "I did it because my mother always did this growing up..."

The woman's husband decided he simply must get to the bottom of this. What possibly was the reason for cutting the ends off of the dinner ham? So much waste, he thought. He called his wife's grandmother for the answer. "Why did you always cut the ends off the ham when cooking for the family?" he asked.

And Grandmother replied, "My oven is just so small, so my pan is small and it simply won't all fit into my oven."

Remember: Some actions begin for a reason, and some are actions repeated due to tradition that has lost its reason. Think about what you believe, what you've been taught, and where it comes from. Question. Research. You may just be surprised when you get to the bottom of it all.


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