Friday, July 27, 2012

The History of 'APRONS'

The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think our kids 
know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing 
hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, 
bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. 
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

Peach Jam

We were generously given a couple flats of peaches by a neighbor.  Many of them were eaten in their natural glory, but when they started to get soft, I knew it was time to preserve them.  I started off by boiling water and then putting the peaches in for about 30 seconds and then quickly moving them to a bowl filled with ice water to shock them.

I found the best way to peel them is by simply using a paper towel and gently rubbing the peach.   The peel comes of super easily.  Once they are peeled, then you can slice around the peach to remove the pit and finely chop them up into small pieces or cut them in half and freeze.

Take 4 cups of chopped peaches and
add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Next, add one box of pectin to 1/4 cup of sugar, mix and add to peaches.  Stir until boiling and then

add another 3 1/4 cups of sugar and return to a full boil, stirring constantly for one minute.

Remove from heat and skim off the foam.

There shouldn't be all that much foam, but by removing it, you will have a much cleaner looking jam.
Ladle your mixture into jelly jars and process.

and you will end up with this beautiful and delicious summer jam to enjoy all year long.