Sunday, March 11, 2012

Drying Apples and the "Three Sisters"

Cutting the last of the apples last Fall to....
...preserve and dry
After reading a book about the Pioneers of Ridge Road in Western NY
(post Revolutionary pre War 1812)
we thought it would be interesting to try some methods of food
preservation that they used as they struggled to carve out a new life in
 the rugged thick forests between Lewiston and Rochester.

We also dried Pumpkin slices by the wood stove

The fresh raw Pumpkin pieces were bigger and heavier than the
raw apple slices when first strung, but they eventually shrunk
 much smaller then the apple slices did when dried.
Most likely because of the sugar content in the apples is greater.
Both were slightly leathery.

Dried Pumpkin seeds are nutritious.
..~..~..~..~..~..~..~.. (Five Kernels of Corn Story)


Sagamtity was a Native American
(First nations people)
Main stay introduced to the first Settlers
saving their lives in most cases!
 It was easy to take on the run being light
and nutritious. It consisted of grownd corn
and most often dried pumpkin. It was easy
 to add to a pot with grease and cook along with fresh
caught or dried fish or meat and even berries.

The Grits that we have today
 are a result of Sagamity!

These grits tasted delectable with some dried apple and other
dried fruit (cranberries and chopped apricots)

We are hoping to be successful at planting a
"Three Sisters" garden this year.

The greatest service which can be rendered 
any country is to add a useful plant to it's culture
                                                                Thomas Jefferson 

The Story of the Three Sisters
Sister Corn is the strong Sister,
she helps her Sister Bean by allowing her
to grow up her stalk. In return Sister Bean 
gives her nutrients (nitrogen) so
she can grow strong and healthy.
The third Sister is Squash. She has large leaves
that keep weeds away and she keeps the soil moist.
Together the three sisters help each other become strong
and fruitful

 Two are better than one; because they
 have a good reward for their labour.
 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:
 but woe to him that is alone when he falleth;
for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat
: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall
withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
                                   Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

visit to learn more:
"Native Americans passed down the knowledge of
growing, using and preserving the Three Sisters through generations"........

Read about Drying at home:
 (a very interesting site)

Learn more about Food Preservation here:

And learn with Carolina M Capehart
  VISIT Historic Cookery Blog:
                                                           Adventures in late 18th & early 19th Century foodways
And learn with Carolina M Capehart

And you can also visit
a very delightful and informitive site:
The Old Foodie.
and learn with
Janet Clarkson

"Dried Apples. Put them in a cool oven six or seven times, and flatten them by degrees, and gently, when soft enough to bear it. If the oven be too hot, they will waste; and at first it should be very cool.
The biffin, the minshul crab, or any tart apples, are the sorts for drying.
And now to prepare them for pie:
Dried Apple Pies.
Wash the apples in two or three waters, and put them to soak in rather more water than will cover them, as they absorb a great deal. After soaking an hour or two, put them into a preserving kettle with the same water, and with the thin peel of one or two lemons, chopped fine. Boil tender; when they rise, press them down, but do not stir them. When tender, add sugar, and boil fifteen or twenty minutes longer. Dried apples, soaked over night, are made tasteless, and are mashed up by being stirred. When cooked, stir in a little melted butter, some cinnamon, and powdered cloves. It is important that the apples should be of a tart kind......." "Jennie June's American Cookery Book. 1870." (from:

Mildred Mousiekin loves to bake pies with her dried apples!!



Squanto was responsible for teaching the
 Early Pilgrims of Massachusetts many skills
 which helped them survive.
The "Three Sisters" method was a very effective
technique using Corn, Beans and Squash planted together.

three sisters


who was Squanto:
Celtic Cross




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and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
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Read a great Post on corn:

"Amazing Maize"

Very useful books:
History from the Hearth: A Colonial Michilimackinac Cookbook
How To Dry Foods - Enjoy Wholesome Dried Fruits, Vegetables, Meats & Fish With Over 100 Delicious Tested Recipes
Mama Mousiekin says:
"Always FIND and USE your RESOURCES"!!

Grahm Kids, can you find 8 things that came from your house?
Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Colonial Day at School

                                 My Grandiedaughter Lexie's class held a Colonial Day!

                                             With Food, and Demonstrations....

The students did a wonderful job...

talking about and showing things from the Colonial times. We had great fun!
I had the great honor to join them!

we had fun learning about Spinning Flax and Wool,

and their preparation.


Mama Mousiekin is teaching Missy all about spinning.

Missy is doing a marvelous job carding
and preparing the wool for Mama to spin!
 (the boys are just plain "playing" in the background)


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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Linnie says:
 "Share your knowledge"!

You can learn about the ancient method of Flax to Linen here:

And Wool;