|WV Veterans...Sam McClure, Allan Meek, Jack Jeffrey, Walter Sansom, Bob Smith, Norm Alred, John Mullins, Jimmy Robinson, Pete Jones, Bob Steele|
The fires were lit, the kettles were cleaned and the applesauce was dumped into the hot pots. The first step takes about 5 hours of boiling and constant stirring with long wooden tools some lighter with wooden handles, others a bit longer and heavier with metal handles. The orange liquid gurgled and popped and steamed and smoked, and I smelled awful. I did try my hand at stirring and the angry bubbles were like a tide, they rose out of nowhere and seemed to enjoy spitting at me so with defiance I dragged the wooden tool causing those persistent orange air pockets to disappear for a brief second. They had a gift for multiplying!
|After the sugar is added, the apple butter darkens.|
Everyone looks forward to the end of the process, not because they have stood and stirred all day but because it is great fun to watch the ladies ladle and what comes afterwards. Once the glass jars are filled and sealed and the pot is emptied, the long awaited pan of home-made warm biscuits are served! No double dipping mind you but it is customary to dip your biscuit on the sides and scrape the delicious leftovers. Now that was good!
She was featured in the October 2005 issue around page 108. My husband will not be happy tomorrow while I scatter my numerous saved editions on the living room floor searching for Mary's article. Her pumpkin recipes are fantastic and her pumpkin corn chowder is currently featured online and can be found in the Department of Agriculture's Market Bulletin.
|Wagon rides were given throughout the day with Audy Perry leading the way.|