Like my mother and grandmother before me I am a farm wife. My father went to work at his "off the farm job" and my mother was responsible along with us kids for taking care of the livestock and the garden as well as the children, house and cooking. Since the kids were home in the summer anyway we learned early how to pick, wash and prepare and preserve the harvest.
My grandmother raised 6 kids, cooked and helped to work the fields beside my grandfather when she could. Meals were not lavish but hot, simple and usually from what was raised right on the farm or hunted from the surrounding woods.
These women were simple women who believed strongly in their god and their family. During difficult times what they grew in their backyards and gardens made the difference in whether their family ate or not. These women became experts at preparing the vegetables from their patches.
What do you do when those turnips got a little large and had somewhat of a bite to them. Boil them in water with about a half teaspoon of baking soda till just about soft. They will foam!
Drain them in a colander and rinse well. Then put them back in the pot and finish boiling.It will take the bite out of them. Then mash, serve with butter or put in your favorite casserole.
Try my Scalloped Turnip recipe HERE
Never salt turnips while they are cooking as it extracts the sweetness !
Want those potatoes to fry crispy try soaking them in cold water and a couple Tablespoons of vinegar for a couple hours first. Also helps them not to turn brown. Want them to bake faster soak them in boiling water for fifteen minutes before baking.......
I chop lots of onions when my onions are ready in the garden. To keep from crying just light a candle near where you are working.
When cooking corn on the cob add a little milk and a pinch of sugar to the cooking water for a better taste....
Fresh tomatoes keep longer if stored with the stem down.
okay your turn.......
What tips and tricks have you learned about preparing those fruits and veggies?
Blessings from The Holler
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