Excerpt from Snowbird Gravy and Dishpan Pie written by Patsy Moore Ginns
During the Depression, you had no money to amount to anything and you couldn’t get sugar. And you couldn’t get much flour. I remember my mother cooked apples. We had lots of apples, sweet apples. And in cooking apples, she used apple cider to sweeten them. Cook it down. And she always saved a cupful of sugar. Somebody might get sick, so we always had a cupful of sugar. But it was hard to get. When they were sick, we’d use it to sweeten tea or something of that kind.
She made apple butter with the cider and molasses. I remember we had a great big pot that they used to make the apple butter with. And they had a cane mill to make the syrup. They used lots of spices. Make it like you would apple sauce. Kept stirring. Did it outside. Used a big old washpot. They boiled clothes in that pot and then they’d clean that pot and make apple butter in it. Used syrup and spice.
Now this cane they used for molasses is not regular sugar cane. It’s molasses cane. And they had a press that it ran through that was turned by horses. They caught the juice and put it in the evaporator and boiled it down till it made syrup.
Kate Hayes 1892 Cherokee County