Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories:
When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, they often become items tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and record your memories so the family treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.
The Biscuit Making Bread Bowls and Butter Molds
These bread bowls, rolling pins, and butter molds were part of staple necessities in Grandmama McKinley’s kitchen.
Grandmama made her biscuits from “no” recipe, just the feel of the dough with her hands, and that is also how my mother makes hers, but me… well I had to write out a “somewhat” recipe. Although I have to say, that the more I have made them, I can add a little bit more of this and that and “yes” I do know the feel of the dough.
I learned to make biscuits the old country way, no rolling, just pinch off a ball of dough, roll, and lightly press down in your pan. My choice of cooking pans to bake biscuits is a cast iron pan, and mama always taught me to keep them close together, as it helps them to rise instead of spread.
Grandmama made a lot of butter, and mama should know as she was the one sitting behind the butter churn. On Saturdays when they went to town, grandmama often took a few pounds of butter to trade off for other things she didn’t make. I’m told she sold butter and eggs and saved her extra cream to sell to the “cream” man who came around once a month; except for the time, mama decided to take a cream bath!
One of these days, I’m going to clean that bread bowl, add flour, un-measured just like Grandmama, and make biscuits… then I’ll write a biscuit making post!
My biscuits – Before and After!
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