One day, young Sarah was watching her mother make a beef roast. Her mother cut off the ends, wrapped it in string, seasoned it, and put it in the roasting pan.
Sarah asked, “Why do you cut off the ends of the roast?”
Mother thought for a bit, and then replied, “Well, that is how your Grandma always did it.”
That night, Grandma came to dinner and Sarah and her mother asked why she cut the ends off of the roast before cooking it. After some thought, grandma replied that she cooked the meat the way her mother had always done it.
After dinner, they all went to visit Great-grandma. While they were there, Sarah asked her about cutting the ends off the beef roast.
Great-grandma looked at them, a bit surprised, and said, “So it would fit in the roasting pan, of course!”