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13August

Food the old fashioned way

Living off the Land

So you may be wondering why I'm talking about food. For our ancestors, the hunt and preservation of food stuffs was critical.  It's not like they could go to the grocery store and get peaches out of season. If the family did not obtain and preserve enough food they would go hungry.  Much of the preservation effort fell to the women and children. 

Food preservation as a necessity

And this brings me back to the title of this blog post; I finished canning 1 flat of peaches today.  It was my first time doing it and I did it by myself so I'm sure I will be much more efficient next time.  But it reminded me of how hard it was for our early ancestors, especially those who were always pushing into the new frontier. While my electric stove really heated up the kitchen on this warm and sunny day, I thought about what it was like with those wood stoves that didn't cool down and got super hot.  And I had the luxury of knowing that if some of my peaches went to waste it was no big deal.  My family was not depending on my canning skills to get them through the winter (which is very fortunate for them!). 

Recipes

I hope you can take some time and think about the recipes that were passed down and maybe even collect them into a book.  We honor our ancestors by remembering them and what better way than with food.  Creating a family recipe book is another way to keep their memory alive.  Of course you need to use it too! What fun to build some of your family ancestry research into the recipe book by providing some of it for each person who contributes to the book.  These are great for Christmas gifts, family reunions, and the like. 

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