Each Wednesday here on my blog, I am highlighting the old fashioned pantry and thought I would share this great story I found on another gardening blog. I couldn’t help but be awed and amazed at this woman who grew up in the 1930′s, not only for the amount of work that went in to putting up food for her family, but for the change in mindset we have experienced over the last 75 years. This family canned over 2,500 quarts of food without stepping foot in a grocery store!
“We always had a big garden and would can lots of vegetables….
…We canned fruits, vegetables, pickles, jellies. all summer, then when winter came, we canned meats both pork and beef to last all summer so during a year we usually canned 2,500 quarts.
I never will forget around 1935, one day Carl brought home a can of food from the store. I thought it was almost a disgrace to buy canned food. That was a sign of a lazy housewife. I took the empty can way over in a field and buried it so no one would see it around my house.”
You really must head on over to May Dreams Gardens (the granddaughter’s blog) and read the entire story. It is very enlightening and telling of times past and something we could all consider and ponder.
As I prepare for the spring and summer gardening, I especially love the old fashioned stories about homemaking, gardening and canning!