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JEWISH SUPERSTITION: MENSTRUATION

NEVER TOUCH PICKLES DURING MENSTRUATION OR THEY WILL GO BAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM A JEWISH GIRL FRIEND WHOSE GRANDMOTHER WARNED HER
ABOUT THIS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; JAMAICA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 12-24-1963

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Canning foods

People canned vegetables and made preserves (jelly) from
fruit. They did this so that in the winter months they could eat
the food they had harvested in the summer.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 01001900 CA

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A MENSES SUPERSTITION

IF YOU CANNED ANYTHING DURING YOUR PERIOD THAT WHICH
YOU CANNED WOULD TURN BAD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED AS A CHILD AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MENSTRUATION

Subject headings: Observation
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 03-10-1967

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MY MOTHER WOULD NEVER DO ANY CANNING WHILE SHE WAS
MENSTRUATING, BECAUSE IT WOULD SPOIL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 10-00-1968

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IF ONE IS TROUBLED BY BOLL WEEVILS IN FLOUR,
MACARONI OR OTHER SUCH DRY INGREDIENTS, PLACE
SEVERAL BAY LEAVES IN THE CONTAINER TO BE RID OF
THIS PROBLEM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 10-23-1969

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JELLY WILL NOT JELL IF IT IS STIRRED BACKWARDS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Home

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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A WOMAN HAVING HER MONTHLY PERIOD SHOULD NOT CAN PICKLES OR
CROUT. IT'S BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): KRAUT SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN CANS FRUIT DURING HER MENSTRUAL PERIOD, THE FRUIT
WILL SPOIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

Date learned: 02-27-1972

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Food: Recipe

Spiced Watermelon Rind:

9 cups (3lbs) cubed white watermelon rind. (remove all green skin)

4 cups water (1 glln)

2 tbsp salt

5 cups sugar

2 cups cider vineegar

1 cup cold water

1 sliced lemon

1 tbsp whole cloves

1 tbsp whole all spice

1 tbsp coarsley chopped cinnamon

Cover watermelon rind with 4 cups water. Add salt and let stand minute. Drain. Cover with more cold water in sacepan. Cook, covered, over low heat until tender, about 2 hours. Drain. Meanwhile, combine sugar, vinegar and remaining 1 cup cold water. Tie spices and lemon slices in a cheesecloth bag. Drop into vinegar mixture. Boil 5 minutes. Then add watermelon rind and cook until rind is transparent - about 45/60 minutes. Remove bag of spices. Pack rind and syrup into jars and seal. For crisper rind, add 2 tbsp powdered alum to water in which rind is first cooked.

Keyword(s): Canning ; FOOD ; Jar ; Meal ; RECIPE ; Rind ; Spiced ; Watermelon

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Food: Recipe

Bread and Butter Pickles

1 gallon firm cucumbers (sliced thin crosswise)

2 green peppers (seeded and sliced)

8 small white onions

Prepare 1 quart of crushed ice. Place these in layers with 1/2 cup of salt. Cover in weighted lid and place in refrigerator for 3 hours. Drain after 3 hours, add to syrup made of:

5 cups white vinegar

5 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground mustard seed

1 tsp celery seed

Stir mixture while heating - dissolve sugar. Add vegetables - heat slowly. Scald , DO NOT BOIL.

Place pickles in sterilized jars at once and seal.

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Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): Cucumber ; FOOD ; Pickles ; RECIPE ; VINEGAR

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Recipe: Apple Butter

Apples are cooked in an iron pot and a jug of cider poured over them. Stir slowly and rhythmically. When fragrant steam rises and the apples begin to bubble add sugar and spices. As the apple butter thickens, it takes on a rich brownish-red color and becomes harder to stir. It is ready to pour into containers to keep through the winter.

 

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Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Preserve Sausage

Fry sausage until done. Put in jar. Allow grease to cover sausage. Grease will coalesce and seal the sausage.

 

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Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Dried Apples

Slice apples into quarters.
Lay on top of barn or garage where sun rays will dry out.
Leave until all moisture is out.
Can be put in pie shells for apple pie or make fried pies.
Broken pieces of sassafras keep worms out if drying in old flour sacks.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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Strawberry Preserves (Prize Winning Recipe)

2 qts strawberries
6 cups sugar

4 cups sugar over strawberries till boil, get off, cool, add another 2 cups, boil hard for 5 to 10 minutes. While boiling add 1 Tb. butter (keeps off foam to win prize).
Pour shallow pans, shake (makes plump)
Set overnight.
Put sterlized jar (if berries set overnight they will not rise to top).
Melt paraffin pour over top to preserve.


 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; Prospect

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation Preservation

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