Two large kettles played an important part in my
Grandmother's work. One was a big, black kettle the
other a brass kettlee. The black kettle was iron with
three short legs. It would hold around thirty gallons.
The broad top tapered down to a small rounded bottom.
This made the stirring or dipping out the contents
more easily. This kettle was set in a ring with three
iron legs, high enough to allow chunks of wood to be
placed underneath. This ring was made, from one wagon
wheel tire, bv the blacksmith.
This kettle was used for many things. On washday it
was filled with water to be heated for washing clothes.
The clothes were rubbed on a wash board or put on a
was bench and beaten with a "battin' stick". The white
clothes were put into the kettle along with lye soap
and water and boiled for a certain length of time.
The white shirt was often called the boiled shirt.
The black kettle was used during butchering, for
heating water, rendering lard and making head cheese.
It was was also used during soap and hominy making.
The brass kettle was smaller than the black one,
but just as useful. It was a delightful thing in
the apple-butter making time. The exact measurements
for this delicious concoction, I cannot remember. I
know that to the kettle of quartered apples, she
added three quart cups of apple cider, two pint