In Reply to: Stew in your own juice posted by Paul on November 15, 2008 at 11:02:
: 'Stew in your own juice'. Any ideas on origin of this one?
Seems to have evolved from "Fry in one's own grease". Line 487 of The Prologe of the Wyves Tale of Bathe by Chaucer has "in his owene grece I made him fry" (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/8734101/British-and-American-Literature-by-Liela-Borges, p. 101). According to Answers.com, the version you quote was in use by the second half of the 1800s.
Not the best answer in the world, but I thought I'd do something, as this has been sitting unanswered for a bit. (GC)