While I was sorting a bookshelf a couple of nights ago, I came across a red notebook that had been my grandma’s. I got completely distracted as I started reading it, and realized it contained recipes, housekeeping tips, and all of her canning records. There was a page for each year, starting in 1940 and continuing until 1990. I had so much fun reading over how many quarts of this and that she canned and froze. I only noticed a few years when they butchered pigs, but saw quite a few entries for canned fish. I’m pretty sure they butchered chickens at times, but I didn’t see entries for that.
I noticed that at the beginning, she wrote of taking her frozen foods to a locker. Then, after a few years, those entries stopped, somewhere in the 60’s. I’m sure that’s when she got her freezer. I still have and use her upright freezer. I don’t know if it was her first and only one, or if she replaced it somewhere along the line, but I know it’s very old.
It was very fun and informative to read over some of the old housekeeping tips, such as how to set a table properly for breakfast, and other such ideas. I won’t be getting rid of the old notebook. I anticipate reading the whole thing one of these days when I have more time.