Wonderful Memories of Autumn, Food and Canning – takes you back to better times

MEMORIES OF AUTUMN AND FOOD

by

Jean Butterworth

What childhood memories do I have of Autumn I ask my self? Pulling back the years of my memories, I first thought of my Grandmother, who was as a busy bee when it came to preparing for the family’s long winter months ahead. As I child I would follow her around as she surveyed the storeroom. There in neat rows like soldiers were her vegetables, standing proudly in Ball jars with Kerr lids applied for sealing. They had under gone harvesting at the appropriate time, prepared (snapping, shelling and cutting) and then washed.canning2

Canning consisted of placing the vegetable jars in a cold water canning pot with a lid and boiling for so minutes (I can’t remember now how long). My grandmother reminded me that this process killed the germs and kept the food from spoiling.

I spotted on the shelves; peas, beans, butter beans, corn, tomatoes, okra, and pickled peaches dotted with cloves.Types-of-canning-Jars

Also, on the shelves were jars of honey with the honeycombs that tasted so good on a cold morning poured over a hot biscuits and butter. My grandmother made these in the wood stove oven for my breakfast. In one corned of the storeroom was a pottery jar filled with cabbage making saurkraut.Pot 2 small for web

Later, we would look in the corncrib to check out the large white onions tied and hanging from the rafters and the peanuts stored for drying in a bin.onions-in-garage

Oh, how wonderful those peanuts tasted after roasting in the oven on a cold night.

Such memories although faded, now remind me of how times have changed as I hurry to the grocery story.

Chinaberries and Other Memories of Alabama

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Chinaberries and Other Memories of Alabama (Kindle Edition)

Do you remember 4-H clubs? Eight-party lines? Fashion in the 1950s? Going to school during World War II?
In this collection of Alabama memories, Jean Butterworth takes readers on a nostalgic journey through growing up in Alabama during the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond. She pays homage to a time before the Internet, cell phones, and all of the distractions of modern life.
Readers of all ages will enjoy taking a step back in time and preserving these memories, which, like Chinaberry trees, may soon be hard to come by.

By (author):  Jean Butterworth

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About Jean Butterworth

Jean Champion Butterworth is originally from Tuscaloosa County, graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, Druid City Hospital School of Nursing and The University of Alabama. She is a retired nurse. Working 27 years at The Children’s Hospital as Department Director, Specialty Clinics. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and Eastern Europe. She can be contacted at jeanbutterworth1@gmail.com

She also has a Kindle book entitled, Chinaberries and Other Memories of Alabama

About Jean Butterworth

Jean Champion Butterworth is originally from Tuscaloosa County, graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, Druid City Hospital School of Nursing and The University of Alabama. She is a retired nurse. Working 27 years at The Children’s Hospital as Department Director, Specialty Clinics. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and Eastern Europe. She can be contacted at jeanbutterworth1@gmail.com

She also has a Kindle book entitled, Chinaberries and Other Memories of Alabama

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