Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A Time To Remember, No. 2

When I lived on the farm, I enjoyed the benefit of much home grown and/or homemade food. We canned a lot of our home grown fruit and certain vegetables and of course froze a lot, too. In the picture below some of the canned food includes applesauce, peaches, pears, tomato sauce, and more. We also often canned cherries, apricots, pickles, and ketchup which may or may not be in this picture. One couldn't find better tasting food than what I had to eat when I was on the farm.

10 comments:

Zanne said...

That's awesome....and represents ALOT of work. I bet those peaches tasted fantastic in the middle of winter.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, Zanne. And it does represent a great deal of work. My Mom knows that the best; but we as children regularly helped, too, whether we wanted to or not. Sometimes, it was an all day event. But you're right, the peaches did taste fantastic in the middle of the winter. Peaches were my Dad's favorite fruit. He could eat them two, three times a day every day if Mom didn't have us choose other fruit.

Fahd Mirza said...

In Pakistani homes, there is a trend to store home-made pickles. They are then eaten with every meal through out the year.

Farming concept is not that popular in Pakistan and elite group of people have it. Its expensive concept out here.

Godknows said...

In Viet Nam, we are all eat fresh fruit but there are heaps companies start canned them too. Your mum must be the best in these things huh and does that take lost of time to canned them ?

Minka said...

I grew up on a farm and I remember times when ma and grandma send us to pick all sorts of fruits, which they would boil, add sugar too and than later in winter we would have loads of summer fruits :) I still hear my grandma:"Monika, don´t get to cose to those pots, the jam is really hot!" I was always trying to sneak a taste;)

San Nakji said...

Nothing like producing your own food. I would love to keep bees and make my own honey!

Tim Rice said...

Hi fahd mirza. Growing up I used to eat pickels every day for breakfast with scrambled eggs before I started just eating cold cereal and milk. Thanks for your sharing a bit about Pakistan.

Hi godknows. Mom is the best. She knows how to prepare food. Canning does take take quite a bit of labor especially when one is canning for a family of eight children to last a whole year.

Hi monika. My Mom used to make lots of jellies, jams, and preserves, too. We especially loved here strawberry freezer jam. Thanks for sharing a bit of your experience. I love to hear how life was for other people.

You're right, san nakji. There is nothing like growing and preparing one's own food. We loved honey, too; but that we bought. But having honeybees could well be a fascinating hobby.

Ginnie said...

Wow. That brings back memories. You sure don't see much of this any more, sad to say.

Tim Rice said...

ginnie, I'm glad it brings back good memories. I think many of us live a too fast pace life to do that kind of canning anymore. And it's a lot of work and many times today we go more for quick and convenient. What does that say about us and culture?

Trailady said...

I remember the old days when we canned and froze. This picture really brought back memories!