What’s For Supper ?

August 24, 2019 at 2:27 pm 3 comments


Ours is a fast food restaurant or microwave diet. So gardening, canning and preserving food may seem out of step and anything but fun.

For generations, gardening and canning have filled those vacant, school-free hours between June and September with a fruitful activity that can still keep a food cellar — and a family pocketbook — full.

Still, canning requires some effort. Anybody who has done gardening and canning knows it’s not much fun. While family members love the fruits of their labor, they’re not prone to help much.

My mother has been making her own ketchup, jams, jellies, tomato sauce and salsa for years. She keeps busy through the summer, and the work doesn’t end until she is done with apples in the fall.

As I was taking the package of frozen peaches out of the freezer today, I began to think of how we put them up when I was a young girl. We began by watching the trees, and as soon as most of the peaches had turned a beautiful pink, we knew they were almost ready.

We put them in mason jars. I knew that when those jars came out of the basement, I would automatically wash them. Mother would work all day preparing the peaches for canning. While we kids popped peaches into our mouth as we worked.

Now as I sit at the kitchen table eating peach cobbler that was made from store bought frozen peaches, I think of the fun I had while working with my mother. Yeah right….. If God had wanted every woman to cook he would have never invented Del Monte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andrea  |  August 24, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Your writing is so nostalgic. I only make jams now and they’re still worth it.

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  • 2. Amy Erisman  |  August 26, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Still can tomatoes but I DO NOT make ketchup. Way too much work when Heinz is on the shelf. Nice read. Have a great day. Amy Erisman Greenville Ohio

    Reply
  • 3. Linda Thornton  |  September 6, 2019 at 10:04 am

    This reminded me of many summer days growing up in Georgia. Thanks.

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