Collected by Jo Ann Rife
Transcribed by James Lee
Conversation between Jo Ann
Rife and Mrs Lillian B . Sears
Elm Springs, Arkansas
December 29, 1955
Reel 238 Item 2
JAR: Well, lets talk about some of the housekeeping duties
that you girls had to do when you were young— uh, you
used to tell me about how that you laid in such a store
of food for the winter months. Tell me about the things
that you would store down in the cellar for the winter
LBS: Well, my mother would make about fifteen of twenty gallons
of hominy and put it away down in a big jar in the cellar.
Of course there was always a barrel of molasses and a
barrel of kraut and things like that and stacks of meat
in the smokehouse. And I always was glad when the hominy
making time came, because I began to eat it out of the
pot by the time it was washed out of the ashes— the lye.
JAR: Well, tell us how they made hominy.
LBS: First, they poured water on the ash hopper, and it ran
through that and it was lye. Then mother put this corn
all shelled— we had the big white grains, and she shelled
this corn and filled it in a big pot; and she put so much
lye in and cooked it until it loosened the hulls. We
would take it down to the big spring and pour it up in a
tub and dip water in there and scrub it until these hulls
came off. And of course the lye whitened it too, and then
she put it back on and finished cooking it. That's when I
began to eat it.
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