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September 30, 2013

Points East: All set for winter

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Once dry, Mom put them in a white feed sack, doused them with black pepper to keep bugs out and stored them in the pantry.  We also dried several cushaws every year by first cutting them into rounds about an inch wide, peeling off the rind and hanging the rounds on a mop handle to dry behind the stove.

There was way more in a cushaw than one family could eat at a single meal.  We ate the necks while they were still fresh and dried the main body to eat when all the green ones were gone.  My brothers and I much preferred dried cushaw than fresh.

I’m gonna buy a cushaw in a week or two to dry and have with my leather britches when the snow’s a’ blowing and the cold wind’s a howling come the middle of next January. 

   

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