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Evelyn Richardson Here and There

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We have so many kitchen aids today to help us with daily tasks. Just reach in a drawer and the job becomes easier.

As I pull off a length of plastic wrap to cover a bowl, I’m reminded of the days when it was not around. Mama matched her bowls with plates that fit them pretty well and let a plate be the cover when she set the bowl in the refrigerator.

One summer my aunt came to visit and brought Mama a “set” of three sizes of oilcloth bowl covers with elastic around the edge. They fit snugly around the rim of the bowls, keeping the food fresh and flavors contained. Wiped clean and dried, they lasted for a long time. We were moving on up!

We had wax paper, but like everything else that had to be paid for, it was conserved as much as possible. My lunchbox sandwiches were wrapped in a square of wax paper, and if the sandwich was not messy, I folded and saved the wax paper to be used again. Mama saved the lining of Post Toasties boxes, opened the seams and smoothed the paper and cut it to fit the bottom of cake pans when she baked.

Think of the plastic bags that we keep on hand today—especially designed for every purpose. From jumbo down to snack size, they accommodate everything from whole turkeys to toothpicks. Not cheap, but put on our shopping list nevertheless when a certain size is running low.

Mama made bread of one kind or another for our meals three times a day. When she went to town, usually weeks apart, she would buy a double loaf of Honey Krust bread, if she had enough cream money left after essentials were bought. We considered bakery bread a real treat and ate the soft slices plain. Isn’t it interesting how things frequently reverse positions over time? The wrapper was not discarded but recycled to serve the purpose of a plastic bag, not yet on the market.

She rolled a bunch of celery in a big flour sack tea towel and stored whatever would fit in wide-mouth Mason jars.

Aluminum was all going toward wartime demands, so there was no aluminum foil.

What a blessing nonstick cookware is, premeasured sticks of shortening and butter and walnuts already picked from the hull.

Timers stop the cooking process before the pot boils dry and cleanup goes down the drain instead of sprayed from the dishpan across the backyard.

We often fail to appreciate how easy we have it.

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