We had Home Ec in junior high in my day…which was back in the 1960’s. No such thing as a “middle school”. Our junior high consisted of grades 7-9 but the year I was in 8th grade was the last year for the 9th grade to be included. A new wing was built onto the high school so the 9th grade moved into the senior high with the rest of the “big” kids. But I digress.
Anyway, Home Ec was a real class where we learned how to read a recipe and follow the directions. We made the BEST fudge, baked bread, cinnamon rolls and cookies, made a cake from scratch, and baked a pie crust filled with pudding. I’m sure we learned how to do other things in that 9-week class but those are what I remember.
In 8th grade we had the opportunity to make a fruit pie or a pecan pie. We had to supply our own mini 4-inch pie pan as we got to take this baked mini pie home with us. I wanted a peach pie but my parents wanted a pecan pie, which cost an extra ten-cents! So I made the pecan pie. For them. I wanted no part of that deal. Pecan pie was gross. Or so I thought.
Dad loved it. I don’t remember what Mom’s take was on it. She might not have gotten a bite of it. But Dad raved about it.
And I never made another one.
I baked my first full-sized pecan pie today.
And Mr. Aitch loved it.
I love pecan pie, but have never made one.
In Home Ec, I learned that I could not sew a straight stitch and had to rip the seams out so much, the material was useless when I was done!
We had nine weeks of cooking and nine weeks of sewing. We made a blouse/shell in 7th grade. I liked the style but hated the fabric so I only wore it to school on the day of our sewing final.
lol! I remember home ec from the 70’s. We learned useful things like air the bed before you make it (but do make it. In the morning.). Dry the sink when you are done with the dishes (who does that?) and we made awful scones, and an apron. Like you, I feel certain we learned other things, but I don’t remember them. 🙂
My BIL dries the sink when he’s done washing the dishes. I don’t!
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