‘Waste Not, Want Not’

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It seems that lots of people I know are talking about preserving food these days. Janet Clarkson (The Old Foodie) even mentioned ‘bog butter’ in one of her posts the other day – and Sonia F. Bañuelos (whom I like to think of either as Agent S for her daring exploits or as Sonia F. Buñelos because of course, buñelos make a person smile)  – whose nom de plume is Saffron Paisley – is always cooking up something delicious to be put in bottles or jars for sustenance in days to come.

I live vicariously through other people’s preservings. There have been times in the past when I’ve indulged the urge, but not this year. This year, instead, I am collecting pictures.  And so rather than a taste of jam, I’ll show you the start of my picture collection on preserving foods.

The Canning Factory’ painted by Max Liebermann in 1879. Factory???!

Max_Liebermann_Canning_factory

Iceboxes. When iceboxes really meant iceboxes.

Iceboxes

‘Mountain House Egg’ : “Freeze Dried eggs with bacon. Shelf stable for 25 years while sealed and kept in cool, dry, conditions”

Mountain_house_egg

Tian jian – this is cabbage. Pickled dried preserved Chinese cabbage. I’m always amazed at the power of cabbage to morph, keep, and sustain.

Tian_jian_preserved_vegetable_天津冬菜

And finally, bog butter. Who would ever have thunk it? But they did. (“Line drawing of a partly destroyed wooden barrel with w:bog butter in it, found in Ireland. Bog butter is butter found in swamps, placed there for preservation.”)

Bog_butter_from_A_Descriptive_Catalogue_of_the_Antiquities_in_the_Museum_of_the_Royal_Irish_Academy_1857

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3 thoughts on “‘Waste Not, Want Not’

  1. great photos karen – i had no idea what an ice box was, but now i can imagine it must have given people a substantial rise in status if they had one of these – what an intricate piece of furniture

  2. Yes, great photos – and I agree, I am a follower of preserving, but don’t do it myself. Don’t know why…

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