Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Things They Don't Teach In Culinary Arts

I learned so many things the spring semester as a student in the culinary arts department at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi.  I've discovered just this evening, though, that there are a lot of things that weren't learned;  common, every day things that should've been part of some curriculum but weren't.

For instance, one box of pickling cucumbers from Eubanks Produce/Charlie's U Pick will yield 21 pounds of sliced cucumbers (minus the ones held out for eating).

That's enough sliced cucumbers for one making of
14 day sweet pickles and one making of lime sweet pickles.

One very large cabbage yields a little over ten quarts of coarsely chopped cabbage
Ten quarts of cabbage is enough for 2.5 makings of
picalilli, per the Ball Blue Book of Canning.

Five large green tomatoes yield two quarts of diced tomatoes.
A dough scraper is a very handy tool in the kitchen!  
Not only does it make icing on cakes very smooth,
it also doubles as a diced-vegetable picker-upper.

Dicing six quarts of green tomatoes goes a lot quicker if the little rounded bits are diced separately and individually.

 My largest pot is not large enough for 2.5 batches of diced vegetables for picalilli.

A nicely scrubbed ice chest is large enough for 2.5 batches of vegetables for picalilli.

I took the lid off, covered the veggies with plastic wrap, 
and have it in the big cooler on the back porch to be dealt with tomorrow.

And lastly, but certainly not least:  One perfectly ripened cantaloupe can entirely disrupt an afternoon, if consumed over the course of the day

But it was so worth it...

And that's it for the time being.  If anything more is discovered that needs to be covered during kitchen lab for any given course, I'll come back to pass on the education.

Y'all have a good one!

<3 Mary


  1. This is all very good information! Possibly you could submit it to the proper people at school; is there a course for canning and preserving? They'd probably be grateful for your expert input. Wish I could have been with you to help out and enjoy your company. Looks like work, but couldn've been fun with you there, and I'D have learned a BUNCH! <3

  2. I wish I have been there to enjoy that cantaloupe! I do it.
    Your ingenuity is boundless, re the cooler and you items of side interest are indeed things that one learned from mother, grandmother, or aunt. (the latter for me)