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Old 09-10-2006, 08:02 PM   #51
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JoAnn, I've always wondered about those iceboxes....Where did the ice go? How did it actually keep the food cool?
There was a door in the top of the icebox. That is where the big block of ice went. It melted slowly and drip into a pan under the icebox. You had to keep emptying it or it would run all over the floor. The outside of the icebox was wood but the inside was some sort of metal so the ice would last for a while.
We never had water in the house either, we had a pump in the back yard and the outhouse was in a shed in the back yard. She also had a wood burning stove in the kitchen to cook on. My mother had it pretty rough. But I want to tell you, no one had a cleaner house than we did. It was that way until till she died.
If any of you have your mothers yet, please tell them how much you appreciate them, before its to late.
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:49 AM   #52
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Not only do I tell my mom weekly, last night I dialed the phone and had my best friend from my early teens talk to her and tell her!
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:57 AM   #53
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Mom froze everything. Daddy was a sergeant in the Air Force, and when I was about 8 years old, they bought a chest freezer at a Monkey Wards scratch-and-dent sale. After that, they bought a half-cow every year or so, and when something went on sale at the commissary, Mom bought and froze. We would freeze anything from the garden, plus at one point had a farmer friend who would call us and us girls would "clean" his fields (in other words, he'd harvested all he could sell, and we'd go in and pick the last of the crop off of the plants). We also hit the cherry orchards and did them as well. Then we'd come home and prep them for the freezer. Hint: take a stick of margarine and "butter" your hands if you're going to pit a ton of cherries. Your hands will be stained for months otherwise.

Mom just thawed meat on the counter (covered and watched over) if she didn't do it overnight in the fridge. I do the same thing.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:20 PM   #54
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My mum cooked wonderful but pretty straightforward food. Her pastry is still famous - it just melts in the mouth. However...
Sunday Lunch was prepared first thing Sunday Morning. The veg were cooked for about 2 hours until they screamed "I Confess!! I Confess!!", and the Roast Beef always had an uninviting grey centre to it...
As for the fridge, ours was 3ft tall by 1 ft wide. Work it out!!!
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:35 PM   #55
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My mum cooked wonderful but pretty straightforward food. Her pastry is still famous - it just melts in the mouth. However...
Sunday Lunch was prepared first thing Sunday Morning. The veg were cooked for about 2 hours until they screamed "I Confess!! I Confess!!", and the Roast Beef always had an uninviting grey centre to it...
As for the fridge, ours was 3ft tall by 1 ft wide. Work it out!!!
Clive, I don't know what would be worse...your mother's vegetables cooking first thing in the morning...or my dad's 'your eggs are getting cold!" litany before 8am!
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