Roger's Golden Syrup Pails
From Chris Burkart
Roger's Golden Syrup was a favorite in cooking and
at the table. We even used it with peanut butter in our sandwiches
when there was nothing else. It came in pails about 10 inches high
and these were used for lunch pails when my brothers and sisters
went to school. One sister, who is now 76 was a fiesty child - in
today's language - a challenging child - who always got into fights
and the pail became a weapon. My mother knew how many fights she
was in by how much the pail was dented. Sometimes the lid wouldn't
fit the pail.
Every bottle and can was used for something: Soup
cans held buttons and odds and ends. Bottles held oils and medicines.
If jars couldn't be used for canning, they were used to hold lard
or bacon fat for frying potatoes, etc... Mom used to say the only
thing we didn't use on the pig was the oink and the squeal. I forgot
about using the ears in the pickled pigs' feet. We also cleaned
and used the tail. I remember the butchered pig's head in the big
soup pot, being cooked for headcheese.
Thank you everyone for sharing. I can't tell you
how much it means to me to be reminded of these things...
From Brian Brummund, Kanata, Ontario, Canada
What do you mean "when there was nothing else"
A peanut butter sandwich or toast just doesn't make
it without Roger's Golden Syrup - and I can't get it in Ontario
- just the watery stuff. :(. One thing I miss about living in Saskatchewan.
From Louise Norton
Hi Again...I remember it well, now that I live in
the US, I have to go to my favorite health food store to get an
acceptable substitiute that will do the same thing.
Your messages are great ..they bring back all the
old memories. Did your Mother make shmeer case(sp)? as well as the
dreaded head cheeze.
At Christmas one year, we all got oranges under our
pillow, like you, they were there when we got home from midnight
mass..ready and waiting for the morning...we (there were only 5
of us) had a candy bar and a orange under our pillow...In the morning
when we got up and reached for our goodies..all that remained were
a wrapper and peels, one sister could not wait until morning and
decided that 1 was not enough......now some 60 years later she still
hears about it on Christmas Morning...HAaaa HAaaaaa. Now it is funny..
She was and is, still our "challenged"child.
Your customs are so like what we had, I would be
willing to place bets that we are from the same area, just for fun...I
was close to Altario,not far from the Sask.border... I am looking
for any related cousins in that area...