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Enjoy Fresh Produce All Year Long

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 add ...

Freezing Corn Was a Family Affair

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 ...

Young Woman Becomes Expert at Canning Vegetables

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 ...

Preserves Garden Vegetables by Sharing Surplus

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 ...

Enjoys Freezing and Canning Food From the Garden

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 ...

Stories of Natural Cures for Common Ailments

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 ...

Grandma’s Medical Treatment Consisted of Natural Remedies

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 ...

Sassafras Tea Used to Cleanse the Blood

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 ...

Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve

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 ...

Mamie Had Homemade Remedies for All Ailments

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 sister ...

Grandma Used Folk Medicine for Natural Cures

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 ...

Turnips Ease Pain in Heel

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 they ...

Mom Was Ready With Tried and True Treatments

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 ...

Home Remedies Were Necessary

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 ...

Saltwater Cure for Sore Throat and Poison Ivy

When I was young, my aunt told me to gargle with saltwater when I had a sore throat. It really helped. Many years later, my teenage son went to the doctor for a sore throat, and the doctor told him the same thing. When my son told me what the doctor said, we both laughed, as I had suggested ...

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