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Pantries of Yesterday Recipe

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The "Fab Five" 1968


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Georgia Mae Bundy Heightchew
Added: Sunday, September 28, 2008


"The fabric of survival!"


THE SMOKEHOUSE-MEATHOUSE: Just an old abandoned structure, weathered by time, leaning to one side, with footers of six huge rocks found on the land, sinking in the ground, a story of its own.

Tin on the rooftop leaking, a constant drip, drip; a bucket placed to catch the rain; weathered boards barely hanging to the frame. The huge rock used as an entrance step; a wooden latch attached by a nail; Strings hanging from the rafters boast the winters sustenance of ham, shoulders, middlings, sausage, ribs, dried apples in sacks, and dried beans. There were benches along the walls for salting hams.

Walnuts, hickory nuts. hazelnuts, and chestnuts on the floor to dry.

Lard, soap, cracklings and sorghum molasses stored in cans under the benches.

Milk cans, chicken crates, egg crates, cream cans; duck, goose, guinea, peacock feathers, all saved for pillows and feather beds.

CELLAR: a cool enclosure partially underground, with shelves weighed down with canned fruit and vegetables. Sauerkraut sat spewing in a crock or jar. Potatoes in a bin sprouting new growth.

BARN LOFT: high in the barn above the cows and horses, an old corn crib converted to house potato onions, squash, cushaw, plum grannies, pumpkins, popcorn

SPARE ROOM: a spare room upstairs in the house was a sight to behold. Cornmeal, flour, sweet potatoes wrapped in paper, all grown for food in winter.

THE FORGOTTEN PANTRIES are threads which wove the fabric of survival during the years of our parents' lifetime.




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