Slurry washing

  The fake Chunjiao was changed by Sun Xingzhe, and the empress was the Queen Zhuzi. She said, “The emperor also has three lice on his body”, which was quite happy. However, this time it was “pulp washing” that attracted me. These two words are really long-lost, as if I suddenly returned to my childhood.
  At that time, we were still wearing cloth clothes, and our grandmother was still spinning. Grandma’s loom was still in the middle of the room, one shuttle came, and another shuttle passed, the white cloth was full of inches. There was a dyeing workshop at that time, and my grandfather wore a moon blue undershirt with cloth buttons. At that time, I read the sentence “Qingqing Zijin, leisurely my heart”, I was thinking of grandfather appearance.
  ”At that time” was not far away, in the early 1970s. At that time, there was no washing powder or soap in the countryside of southern Shaanxi. Grandmothers or mothers washed clothes, always filled with a basket of plant ash, or beaten hairy saponins. Plant ash does not foam, but saponins foam, these two things, plus a mallet, can wash clothes clean and bright.
  This is washing, but also pulp. Add water to the net pot, put a handful of rice in it, boil it, wait until the rice has just expanded, pour it in a big tub, put the clothes in the rice water, do not scrub, put it a few times, twist it a few times, and put it on the bamboo pole. Waiting to dry. The washed clothes have a bit of firmness. The whole clothes move when the wind blows. Unlike clothes without washing, only the sleeves and trouser legs are floating. For pulp washing, rice is mostly used, and occasionally wheat batter is stirred in boiling water. It is not easy to know how much flour is. If it is too much, it will become a paste, and the slurry will not be washed; if it is thin, the slurry will not work.
  Most people have two clubs, one round and one. The round ones are used to wash clothes, and the square ones are used to beat clothes. Wash laundry must be neatly folded and pounded. Why are you pounding? The main thing is to keep the clothes close to the body.
  The pummeling stone in my house is placed under a ding tree, which is the fruit of the “fruit zhen li zhi” in the “Thousand Characters”. It is smaller than an apple, so we call it “柰wazi.” The beating cloth stone is blue and square.
  The grandmother usually beats the clothes. Grandma has always been very skinny, she looks good when she raises her club, and of course she looks good when she spins. Many of her clothes are double-breasted, cloth buttons. Bang Bang, the mallet fell. I remember that when the fern tree blossomed, the flowers fell, and we were all flowers…
  Occasionally, I borrowed sticks and mallets for use. Like my aunt, both of them have to do laundry, and I asked my neighbor to borrow one to make it easy to use. Reading ancient novels, it is said that for a big family like Ximenqing, clubs are not enough: One day, Yueniang took out a lot of Ximenqing’s clothes, undershirts, and small clothes, and taught Ruyi’er to wash with Han’s wife. I didn’t want Chunmei to wash clothes here, so Qiu Ju asked him to borrow a club. This is wishful children working with the hammer spring clothes, not with him, said: “!. The day before yesterday you took a wooden club, so with nothing, came here to take advantage of Mrs. Han, was asked father hammer pants and shirts children mile”
  good pulp Put your clothes in the cupboard, wear as you want, and cover with a toilet. How does it feel? There is a passage in Wang Zengqi’s “Cuizi”: “I drilled into the bed. The cover was washed with new Cuizi pulp. It was very warm, with a little sun, a little rice milk, and a little (very little) powdery smell. ”
  Cuizi is young, and she still uses powder. It tastes normal.
  The ancients wash the clothes and incense. “A Thousand Gold Recipes” says: “Burn it with a slight fire, use a basin of water to hold it under the cage, to kill the fire, not, there must be scorching.” When incense, put a basin of water under the smoked cage, otherwise the clothes There will be a smell of burnt smoke. My grandmother had never smoked any clothes, but waited for the papaya to ripen in autumn, and put a few in the closet, and the clothes would smell.
  The cricket is also called Chuzhiniang, and it will bark in autumn. Many places have similar translations for its call, which is called “washing the pulp and adding some cold clothes.” The cotton-padded clothes and trousers in the past had to be removed and washed with cotton, patched up and sewn together. Some slackers do not disassemble the cotton and wash it directly. In this way, the cotton will get lumps and will not warm up.
  My grandmother’s eyesight has always been very good, she can still thread her needles in her old age, and she has been sewing and repairing all her life. Only later, the cotton-padded clothes and quilts were gone, and clothes made of new materials did not need to be washed.
  We have sat on that pounding cloth stone as a stool for many years, and it is still in our hometown today; the mallet is also there, but it’s just worm-eaten.
  The only thing we say “pulp” there is water. Chop the mustard greens, boil them, and put them in a jar. Every two days, use rice or noodles to boil a little water into the jar to make it sour. The sauerkraut slurry is a long-lasting taste in my hometown. When poured on the noodles, it tastes better than the vinegar.
  I saw two sentences a couple of days ago, “Thinking about pulp like thirst, thinking about cold like heat”. Someone commented that the “pulp” here is agar pulp. This is not right, put it there, in the summer, scoop half a scoop of water to drink, that is a good product to quench your thirst.