Remember the days of these?

 

 

-From the Waiuku Museum Archives:
Harvest Time – those were the days before canned orrozen fruit and vegetables.
Around the years when we also preserved eggs for use in winter months when the hens were not laying.
It was the time when housewives needed to know how to use apple corers and bean slicers, and how to preserve, in glass jars and bottles, fruit such as Blackboy and Golden Queen peaches, nectarines, pears and plums.
The time when extra ripe fruit or tomatoes were turned into jams, jelly and sauce and pickles.
The days of stewing rhubarb and of Granny Smith apples.
This took up considerable time during the summer season, to ensure the family could be catered for later in the year when this bounty became transformed into fruit cobbler, sponge or steamed puddings.
Remember the days when every home was stocked with Aunt Daisy’s Favourite Cookbook, or the Women’s Division of Federated Farmers of New Zealand cookbook before the myriad of fund raising or charity versions supporting fund raising for schools, churches and sports clubs.
The photograph below depicts items well used and considered essential in earlier times, when supermarkets hadn’t been invented and vegetable gardens and orchards were surrounding almost every dwelling.

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