Taste Memory

For the most part, edibles found in my garden have consisted of tomatoes from my neighbor’s vine, herbs from my herb garden, and an occasional crate of Mandarin oranges from Trader Joe’s.

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This summer I wanted to put more on my table & in my assorted mason jars.

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A sudden desire to preserve or “put up food” as they say in the south, found me exploring a myriad of sources on growing & preserving good food to eat.

The best sources I found for down-in-the-dirt or out-in-the-orchard-goodness into a hot-steamy-kitchen and onto the worn-wooden-shelves-in-a-dark-cool-pantry were ~ my local agriculture cooperative, my 2013 Farmer’s Almanac, real farmers, and a friend who’s mother is a master at preserving everything!

via Heather at Voodoo and Sauce

Along the way I also found Taste, Memory ~ Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, And Why They Matter

The cover caught my eye and thumbing through eventually had me curled up in a deep leather chair appreciating the nuances of heirloom crops and understanding the importance of preserving food.

Taste Memory also reminded me that I’m actually more attracted to the nostalgia of preserving food traditions ~ not hot steamy kitchens!

It’s already late in the season so I think I’ll just hold on to my fondest taste memories of gathering exceptionally beautiful peaches for my Grandmother in Texas. She was not only putting up food for her family’s sustenance, but also for their pleasure ~

canned peaches

I guess I can say that “putting up food” actually has been a part of my life!

I’ll end with another wonderful taste memory called Going for Peaches, Fredericksburg, Texas from Working Dirt ~ An Anthology Of Southern Poets.

This one’s been on my shelf forever ~ 

Fredrickburg 2

peaches via Jovial Foods Blog   Enjoy!

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Renae Moore said...

Yummy! I 'put up' a crate of Georgia peaches! Sliced them and froze individually then bagged. We get to enjoy their sweetness and goodness until next season. xo

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I love the last line of the poem. And, the post!! "Put up" - a way to remember summer sun and mornings and warmth well into winter. Lovely. ox

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I was speaking to my colleagues last week and they had no idea what 'canning' meant. My mom, & grandmother's all put-up fruit, & pickles, it was a part of life. Is this another art that will be lost with the future generations? All these traditions are the things that I miss and the women that did them and enjoyed it. Another wonder post to make me think and appreciate the life I've lived Lisa. As for Fredricksburg, such a beautiful town in TX! XOX

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I love putting up food, although I have not put anything up in two years.
This is inspiration, Lisa.
Happy Wednesday.