Appalachia Appalachian Dialect

Brand Fired New

new dehydrator

brand fire new, bran fire new adjective phrase
Completely new, freshly made. Same as fire new.
1834 Crockett Narrative 145 I therefore gave up all I had, and took a bran fire new start. 1942 Hall Phonetics 91 brand-fired new c1945 Haun Hawk’s Done 349 So Belle, she twisted herself up to the piano like she thought she was something specially screwed together, all dyked out in a brand fired new dress—blue silk—bought for the showoff. And it did show off her hind end. 1995-97 Montgomery Coll. (Cardwell, Jones, Ledford, Shields).

Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English

I got a brand fired new dehydrator this summer and I’m loving it!

The first dehydrator I had come from Miss Cindy. I used it for years, I believe she picked it up at a yardsale or maybe a thrift store. It was one of those round ones with trays stacked one on top of the other.

The next dehydrator I had come from Miss Cindy too. She found it at the dump store. Does your dump have a little store where people can put things that are still useful for other folks to pick up if they need it? Ours does.

The dump dehydrator was also a round one with stacked trays, but it was newer and nicer. I’ve used it for the last few years.

It was going along fine this summer until it just quit. I think I overwhelmed it with all those tomatoes. The Deer Hunter took it apart and got it to work again, but the fix only lasted a couple of hours and then it quit again.

So I splurged and bought a brand fired new dehydrator. It has trays that slide out and it holds a whole heck of a lot more food. It’s been running pretty much non-stop since I got it and I just love it.

Don’t you wish you could have seen Belle’s dress 🙂


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    b. Ruth
    September 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Brand spankin’ new here…Can’t recall using brand fired new…Wonder if that term comes from forging horseshoes or other iron implements molded in the fire…Brand spankin’ new I’m sure comes from the entrance of a new baby and the doc giving them a spank on the butt to get their lungs filled good with air…LOL Just gave my son our dehydrator…It’s a round one but works great…it was my son’s that passed..he loved dehydrated tomatoes for cooking…
    Great post, thanks..

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    August 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Bran Spankin new or sometimes just bran new was what I heard as a kid. We bought our dehydrator to make jerky. My daughter and I fished a lot and if we had jerky, bait and water we were set for all day and/or night. We use it now for fruits and veggies. I don’t fish for long stretches anymore. Arthritis in my hands make it difficult to tie knots and bait hooks.

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    Ken Roper
    August 20, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve never had a dehydrator, don’t want one cause I use to can everything I use for the Winter. Anymore I use Ingles, whenever I want some vegetables. I’m a Meat Eater, but yesterday I was craving Squash, so when I was at the Gro. Store, I got a few. I fried them up and they were so good. I got a Cabbage too, I like Fried or Boiled Cabbage.

    I live in a House Trailer and don’t have too much room. …Ken

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    SusieQ and Donnie Ray
    August 20, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I like that phase- brand fired new- as my ears hear me say it , it seems to put some ” umph” to the description :),not like just- brand new-. . Considering purchasing a dehydrator myself .. think I’d especially like those dehydrated tomatoes. The weather has turned cooler here along with lower humidity. Thankful for a break from the hazy hot/humid days of August , in August . Have a nice day all. Tipper, we so enjoyed watching your interviewing Matt on U-tube…you two are just younguns to us…Matt is a bit younger than our oldest daughter, who was born the very last day of 1968. 🙂

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    gayle larson
    August 20, 2020 at 10:25 am

    I still use brand spankin new. This morning I heard a weatherman on National tv say we are going to have some “Katie bar the door” storms” I remember my Mother saying that all the time during the winter when we were going to have a snow storm. I was wondering if any of your readers ever used that term.

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      aw griff
      August 20, 2020 at 11:33 am

      My Wife uses that frequently. E.KY.

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      b. Ruth
      September 7, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      “Katie bar the door” mean’t something bad was going to happen or expected to happen…Strong winds, severe thunder or electrical storms or a down-right blizzard…or worse yet that long ago very seldom seen or heard from warning that those relatives were on their way for a visit…LOL

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    August 20, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Never heard of brand fired. In Northeast Mississippi it’s brand spankin’

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    August 20, 2020 at 9:29 am

    That’s a nice one. We have one that I bought my husband thirty years ago. We don’t use it as much as we did, but it is round with stacking trays. We always said brand spanking new, and I’m from Richmond, Va.

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    Ann Applegarth
    August 20, 2020 at 9:23 am

    I have heard only “brand new” or “brand spankin’ new.”
    Dried pears are the most delicious thing — like candy except better.

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    August 20, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I donated one dehydrator and gave another to my grandson after not using them for some time and having trouble finding storage room. It looks like I’m going to have to break down and buy me a brand fired new dehydrator as well. My oven was going to be used for drying my green beans and tomatoes but it’s lowest setting is 170. I will call mine brand spanking new.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 20, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Well, me and AW being east KY boys are on the same page. Never heard brand fired new, always ‘brand spankin new’. As you usually do, you stirred my curiosity. Why “spanking”? And why that is east KY but “fired” in western NC and – per Davy – upper east TN? I can see an easier connection to “fired” because it could refer to pottery or wrought iron or any fire process.

    Glad you are having fun with your dehydrator. I have kept my little 5-stacker busy with apples. Sure do wish I could get some morels to dry as Jim mentions.

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      Ed Ammons
      August 20, 2020 at 10:47 am

      As one who usually thinks out of the box the first thing I thought of was a branding iron fresh from the fire stuck to a calf’s rump. I come from three ridges and two hollers from Tipper’s and have never heard “brand fire new”!

      I’ve often wondered about the “spankin” part too. My activities as a child led me to be an expert on the subject of spanking.

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    August 20, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Oh my goodness, takes me way back to when I was a little girl runnin’ up and down McDowell Holler. It was a very long holler back then with 3 separated areas. The part we lived in was Greenbrier Holler. Instead of cites or towns we had a holler the size of a small town. Too young to even get our pronunciation right, we said, “brown spankin” new.” Mama made the mistake of letting my Dad take me to town to buy a dress and shoes. Even though we lived in a coal camp I picked out the whitest crinkly and most expensive dress they had. At least that is what I remember Dad telling Mom. I fell in love with a pair of red shoes that were a size too large for my feet, but I was adamant that they fit. Dad treated me to a sundae at a little store that had pretty round tables, probably a drugstore. When he noticed me trying to gulp down a huge glass of water the waitress had set beside my sundae he told me I didn’t have to drink it if I did not want it. With a child’s reasoning, I said, “But Daddy, won’t that be wasting your money.” That would become one of those stories that parents laugh about for years. I spent the next few months with those shoes flopping on my feet, but children are resilient, and I dared not complain. I am sure I went around showing off those brown spankin’ new clothes, but never remember hearing that term again. That was such a special day!

    I had big plans to dehydrate all that pesky zucchini, but first year I have not been overrun.

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      August 20, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Oh, we used “brown fired new” interchangeably.

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    Margie Goldstein
    August 20, 2020 at 8:22 am

    I’ve heard bran fired new many times from new appliances to new clothes to a newborn baby. When I got saved, I too became bran fired new in my heart and it spilled out into every aspect of my life! Every day is bran fired new as far as I can tell! I have friends who are die hard food dehydrators and they take their food wares with them wherever they go- working in a cattle field to long walks hunting edibles from the dirt. They are both in tremendously excellent shape and could work circles around most people although they’re tiny in stature mainly due to their healthy dietary choices. I have a chip bag, they have zip locked, bagged dehydrated tomatoes and other vegetables. I don’t even think I’ve seen a chip bag in their home.

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    harry adams
    August 20, 2020 at 7:37 am

    We never used the fire, just brand new. I was intrigued by the dump store. A great idea. Here people will put items on the road and put a free sign on it. I picked up two very nice lighted curio cabinets that way.

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    Jim Casada
    August 20, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Tipper–I’ve had an Excalibur dehydrator for at least 10 years, although it is a five-stacker instead of your larger one (if the photo is actually of your new one, although it looks like it might be a stock image). Whatever the case, I’ve been tickled with its performance over the years. It’s seen a lot of fruit and veggies–from special “finds” such as morel mushrooms to tomatoes, with squash, okra, apples, peaches, and more thrown into the mix. I love dried foods and tomatoes in particular seem to concentrate the essence of goodness.
    Jim Casada

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    aw griff
    August 20, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I’m not sure about brand fire new but for sure about brand spankin new. I reckon I’ve heard brand spankin new all my life used in the same way as brand fire new.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 20, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Belle must have been something in her brand fired new blue dress!
    Your dehydrator has surenuff been running all summer! Every time I was over it was running. I’m glad you got the new bigger one cause you really needed a bigger one.
    Yep, bran fired new, heard it all my life!

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    Don Byers
    August 20, 2020 at 6:04 am

    I remember “brand fire new”………my auntie’s brand fire new 1950 FORD…

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