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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Frozen Watermelon and Watermelon Parties

FROZEN WATERMELON

Remove the heart only from a well-chilled, ripe and juicy watermelon and press first through a colander, then through a sieve, adding sugar to the juice and sweet wine such as catawba or sherry, but not too much or you’ll kill the watermelon flavor and keep it from freezing. Freeze as you do any ordinary water ice, remembering that anything alcoholic is hard to freeze.


Commercial Club 1917 holding large pieces of watermelons posed, standing around tables, Fairfield, Alabama.(Library of Congress)

WATERMELON PARTIES

The very best way to eat any melon is after its cooled in an icy spring or hung down the well near the field where it’s captured. A watermelon party, where nothing else is served and only the hearts are eaten, should be staged on an old cellar door which has been laid across a couple of saw-horses beneath a shady tree by the field and spring or the well where it has been hung to cool.

In the South, mint and peach leaves were often placed over the red hearts for colorful contrasts in both color and flavor.

To keep melons cool without ice, soak a burlap sack in water until it’s dripping wet, then wrap it around the melon and let it stand in the sun awhile to start evaporation. After that, set it in a breezy spot, and keep the bag well wetted.

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

  • Have you heard excessive brain labor causes baldness or the cure for wrinkles is a tepid bath in bran?
  • Do you want to know Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Vinegar of the Four Thieves or how to make Ox Tail Soup?
  • Have you ever had ‘blueberry pickles’, ‘batallia pie’ or ‘snow birds’? You will learn all this and more in “Vinegar of the Four Thieves.”

Our ancestors had to be resilient when they faced obstacles in daily life, from dealing with pests, medical emergencies, caring for clothing and cleaning shortcuts. Almost everything they used in daily life was homemade. Some ideas were great but some were very strange.

This book is a collection of household tips, medical cures, clothing care and old recipes from the 1800’s and 1900’s. Many of the tips, such as the household cleaners, cooking tips and ways to control pests, still work and are helpful in today’s ‘green’ environment while others such as ‘how to cure a dog of eating eggs’ will make you laugh. Either way, this book will help you appreciate the difficult life your grandparents endured. With Bonus: First two chapters of novel Ribbon of Love

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past (Kindle Edition)


By (author):  Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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6 comments

  1. Fern Chavers

    If there was a get together in the south and watermelons were ripe you would have a watermelon party

  2. Mary B. Carson

    No, but how about an “ice cream social?”

  3. My older brother had his own watermelon patch, which was his pocket money. There came a time when someone was raiding the patch. He and my father waited up, heard them, sent over what I think was buckshot, and he never had a problem again.

  4. Benita Fore

    We did it like that. Had an old door over the saw horses too. And it was cooled in the well. Fond memories with Big Papa. He was my great grand daddy

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