When the farmer brought the meal home from the mill he also brought some seeds which remained after the grinding of the oats. These seeds were used in making sgoich or shearins as it was called. It was made as follows:- The seeds were stepped in a crock of cold water and left steeping until the liquid was sour. It was then strained. This was done by putting straw on the top of the crock which acted as a strainer and allowed the liquid to pass through. This juice was used with porridge instead of milk and also for making cakes when milk was scarce.
Collector: Angela Mannion, Lissacarha, Co. Galway
Informant: Patrick Mannion, Lissacarha, Co. Galway
Place: Kilkerrin, Co. Galway
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