years old and have always lived on a farm. As far back as I can remember, Mama
preserved fruit, vegetables and even meat, so our family would have plenty to
eat during winter.It began in
spring with strawberries. I would help pick them, and then Mama would preserve
them. Oh, how I ...
We have a large vegetable garden, as well as several fruit
trees and two papershell pecan trees. We were blessed to have a wonderful
harvest last year.We can and freeze our abundant produce. For canning, we use
a pressure canner or water bath. We blanch the vegetables for freezing, and we
All of my summer memories include growing, weeding, picking,
cooking, canning or freezing food for the winter. Though I wouldn’t admit it
when I was a child, while weeding the garden, I relished the solitude and quiet
sounds of nearby chickens and birds. When peas or beans were ready, I often ...
When I was a child, my mother always canned our fresh
produce. I helped pick the fresh fruits and vegetables, and also helped get
them ready for preserving. I snapped green beans, shelled peas, and peeled
tomatoes and peaches. Then I was in charge of sterilizing the jars.When I married my ...
When I retired in 1987, gardening was one of my favorite
activities. I soon found out how bountiful a garden can be. I did my usual canning
and freezing, but still there was lots of produce that kept growing.When it occurred to me that there were people who didn’t
have fresh garden produce to ...
I love canning and freezing the bounties of my vegetable garden.I have a cutter for corn, which creams it as it cuts the
kernels off the cobs. I freeze it raw, with ice water and a little salt.The green beans get canned. To make the process simple, I
snip the ends off, and then hold them in my ...
The long travel distance between many small farms and the
nearest town necessitated the use of homemade remedies for common ailments such
as pink eye, an ear ache, or a sore throat.These natural cures could involve blowing tobacco smoke in
the aching ear of a child or using goose grease to get ...
When my father was called to fight in World War II, he left
my sister and me in the tender, loving and capable hands of our grandparents,
who lived in Woodward, Oklahoma. Grandma had a natural remedy for
all of life’s uncertainties.For a chest congestion, she treated us with a warm ...
When my maternal grandparents migrated from the North Carolina mountains to the Illinois prairie in the 19th century, they
brought with them many home remedies. Living in the mountains, far from a
doctor, home remedies were necessary for a family’s survival.Those old-time cure-alls were ...
My family still uses one of the best salves ever made to
draw out infections. I’m not sure how long the salve recipe has been in the
family, but I know my grandmother made and used it while my mother was growing
up.The drawing salve is made by placing an ample amount of buds from a
balm of ...
My Grandmother Crabtree, or Mamie as we called her, made
Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies look tame. Mamie had homemade remedies
for just about any ailment we grandchildren came up with. Growing up in the
1930s, I didn’t know anyone who actually went to a doctor — except my oldest
My grandmother was born in 1899 and
grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa.
Her family rarely went to the doctor unless someone was seriously ill. Instead,
they relied upon folk medicine to treat more minor ailments.Grandma had us gargle with
saltwater for a sore throat or if we had a sore in our ...
About 40 years ago, I was a
waitress at a truck stop, and I had severe heel pain. Since there wasn’t a
doctor in our rural town, I went to a big city and found a doctor.He took X-rays, which showed spurs
on both of my heels. When I asked if he could surgically remove them, he said
It was many years ago when Mom used
her homemade remedies for my childhood ailments. Mom’s tried-and-true treatments
consisted of a mustard plaster and a milk poultice, which were used frequently
since we very rarely visited a doctor.The mustard plaster was applied to
treat a chest cold or ...
Growing up on a farm, our family wasn’t familiar with doctors and hospitals. When there was a health problem, we had home remedies.One remedy I remember was for earaches. Dad made them go away using his pipe. He would light it, inhale a mouthful of smoke, and then blow the warm smoke in our ...