The Rise and Fall of Scrapple Google Searches Due to Dirty Jobs

Posted by Adam Gerard

October 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Are you familiar with Google Trends Explore charts?

Google Trends allows you to see what searches are hot on Google right now. And their Explore feature takes things one step further, allowing you to see how searches on specific terms have been trending over a period of time. Google even creates a cool line graph and allows you to compare multiple terms against each other.

 

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Topics: scrapple news, scrapple video

Vegan Scrapple is Most Definitely a Thing That Exists

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 29, 2013 at 1:46 PM

"Vegan scrapple?! You've gotta be kidding me!" I know, my scrapple-loving friends, I know. 

I had a similar reaction when fellow scrapple lover, Steven Messick, posted a link about vegan scrapple to our Scrapple Facebook page.

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As reported by West Chester Dish, vegan scrapple has recently become available at the Artisan Exchange Market in West Chester, PA.

 

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Topics: scrapple creations, scrapple makers, scrapple news

Peace, Love & Scrapple

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

The only 3 things the world needs:
 
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That amazing image is created by the fellow scrapple lovers over at ScrappleRocks. They've put together an album of songs dedicated to the mystery meat we all love.

 

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Topics: scrapple songs, scrapple video

A Video Presentation to Help You Understand Scrapple

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

adam-gerard-talks-about-scrappleTo the uninitiated, scrapple sounds gross: "Do you know what's in there? No way I'm eating that!" It's hard to really blame them.

But I've found if people understand the full history of scrapple and why it was initially created -- we've got all these left over pig parts and we need to feed our family -- people are a little bit more open to listening and trying.

That's why I gave this speech at my Toastmasters group:

 

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Topics: first taste, scrapple origins, scrapple history

Finding Scrapple in Lancaster, PA at the Neptune Diner

Posted by Adam Gerard

January 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

scrapple-neptune-diner-lancaster-paIt probably isn't too difficult to find scrapple in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- possibly the heart of Pennsynvania Dutch Country. But it certainly doesn't hurt to know a few go-to locations when you're riding your buggy through town and absolutely need your scrapple fix. Based on the reviews from the Travel Channel, the Neptune Diner might be such that place.

Why would Neptune Diner be a go-to spot to eat scrapple in Lancaster? Well, watch this Travel Channel video on scrapple at the diner and we'll discuss it on the other end:

 

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Topics: what is scrapple, eating scrapple, where to eat scrapple

Making Your Own Scrapple, With a Modern Recipe [VIDEO]

Posted by Adam Gerard

January 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

modern-scrapple-recipeLet's talk for a second on the basics of how scrapple is made:

You've cut up your pig. You've sliced up your ham and bacon and tenderloin and whatever other pieces of hog you want to enjoy. That's when the scrapple making begins! Take your pork "scraps" -- yeah, the liver and fat, but maybe even some hearts and snouts -- and boil them. When it's nice and tender, you take out the pork and chop it up. Meanwhile, you've got this pork stock left behind; add something like flour or cornmeal to thicken it up. Stir the meat back in, cool and shape it in a loaf pan and BAM that's how scrapple is made!

Scrapple is delicious, and gosh darn it, it's practical! We'll never stop making scrapple the way we all know and love. Still, it never hurts to have some fun with a classic dish, which is exactly what Chef John Mitzewich has done with his "Modern Scrapple" recipe.

"Wait, modern scrapple? What the heck are you trying to pull here?"

I know, I know. But listen: it's a fun change, and it doesn't hurt that Chef John's final creation sure does look delicious.

The three biggest differences between classic scrapple and Chef John's modern scrapple:

 

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Topics: scrapple recipes, scrapple ingredients, scrapple video

The Ultimate Philadelphia Scrapple Sandwich: The Forefather

Posted by Adam Gerard

January 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

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Close your eyes and imagine the most amazing sandwich your mind can create. It involves scrapple right? Of course it does, but what else? Before you answer, let me try this out on you: Take some thick-cut, crispy Habbersett scrapple and put it on top of dry-rubbed smoked sirloin. For toppings add some sharpAmerican cheese and a sweet, homemade barbecue sauce. Cram all that between a fresh baked South Philly roll that is drizzled with pure maple syrup. Was that what you envisioned? Is your mouth watering? 

 

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Topics: scrapple creations

Know Your Scrapple Brands: RAPA Scrapple

Posted by Adam Gerard

December 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It's almost scrapple overloadRAPA, located in Bridgeville, Delaware, is the world's largest producer of scrapple. Wow, that is a great phrase to read.

Scrapple lovers often have a brand-of-choice, so RAPA's distinctive red, white and blue packaging is a welcome sight to many. Growing up in Maryland, this was once the only scrapple I knew.

RAPA Scrapple History

In 1926, brothers Ralph and Paul Adams started a scrapple manufacturing plant. Notice the bold letters I added? That's where the RAPA name comes from. Did I just blow your mind? Probably not, but still, it's an interesting fact.

Though RAPA was bought by Jones Dairy Farm in 1981, their scrapple continues to be manufactured in Bridgeville with a staff of 60, in a facility that looks like a giant brick of their own scrapple. No word on if they are looking to hire scrapple quality control tasters, though I'm sure they'd have little trouble filling that position.

 

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Topics: RAPA scrapple, scrapple brands

3 New Ways Scrapple Can Be A Part of Your Christmas Festivities

Posted by Adam Gerard

December 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

scrapple-christmas-stocking"Any day with scrapple is like Christmas!" says Gregg S. on our Scrapple Facebook page. Well, I guess that's true, but technically only one day a year is actually Christmas.

On that wonderful day, how do you incorporate scrapple into your Christmas festivities? Maybe a side dish along with some sort of casserole. Or maybe scrapple and eggs as you unwrap gifts. Man, that sounds delicious. But I'm wondering if we can do even more.

Here are a few ideas to make scrapple a bigger part of everyone's Christmas:

1. Scrapple Christmas Stockings

Mom, Dad, Little Susie, Fido - sure the whole family gets a stocking over the fireplace. But what does that say about your choice in breakfast meat? Absolutely nothing. Which is why we should all be hanging scrapple Christmas stockings by the chimney with care.

Bonus: I bet a brick of scrapple would slide right in to that stocking. Shopping just got easier!

 

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Topics: scrapple creations, giving scrapple as a gift, eating scrapple, holidays and scrapple

James Buchanan: President, Pennsylvanian, Scrapple Lover

Posted by Adam Gerard

September 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

President James Buchanan was a scrapple loverIt's election season which, of course, got me thinking about scrapple. (but really, when am I not thinking about scrapple?)

Anyway, I wondered, have any of our Presidents been scrapple lovers?

I'm sure, of the 44 that have lived in the White House, several of them have enjoyed a slice or two of scrapple. But it looks like the only US President with any real evidence of eating scrapple in the White House is our 15th, President James Buchanan. 

This makes sense since he is also our only President from Pennsylvania, a state that knows a thing or two about scrapple. From PA to DC, Buchanan proudly brought one of his boyhood comfort foods along.

 

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Topics: eating scrapple, scrapple history

     

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What is Scrapple?

You take the pig and make bacon, ham, pork and so on. What do you do with all the left over pig scraps? You boil 'em, chop 'em up and turn them all into a mush. That mush is combined with some pork stock and grains and then allowed to thicken into a loaf. You typically slice off about a 1/4" piece of the loaf and cook it in a pan so it's crispy on both sides. And that, my friends, is scrapple. Watch this 5-minute video presentation for a bit more scrapple detail.

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