Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Roate Vremii Village Museum Part 2

The lighting wasn't too great in the museum, so I apologize for the darkness of the photos.  These first few are of some more textiles, especially crochet, on display.  The rest are of the bece (pronounced bech-uh), the canned goods storing area.  Moldovans are stellar canners.  They have to be.  Since they grow all their own vegetables, they need a way to preserve their bumper crops for the winter.  A lot of the time, that's -all- they have to live on.  In many villages, the women grind their own flour.  That doesn't mean they don't have fun with it -several of the jars have carved veggies in them!  It is rather disconcerting, though, to think of whole watermelons being pickled.

I've been doing some canning myself.  So far, I've made apricot jam and brandied cherries from the bounty of the trees in my yard.  I've also made some red pepper relish and raspberry jam.  Next up, more plum jam, blackberry jam, and red pepper relish.

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