Janet's Notebook
The History of the Apron

My apron at work in the Test Kitchen...

A dear friend sent this to me and the words ring so true that I wanted to share it with you all... There's not a day goes by that I don't wear my own apron. It's like wrapping-up in memories.

THE HISTORY OF THE APRON - (Unknown Author):
I don't think our kids know what an really apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress she wore underneath. Because she only had a few. It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron...

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron... but love!!

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Ellen Bales - Nov 30, 2013
What a wonderful story about aprons. I love my Just a Pinch apron and I am ordering one for my thirteen-year-old granddaughter. She is my kitchen apprentice, and she loves baking--either with or without me! This will make a nice Christmas surprise for her, an apron of her very own. Maybe she will become a JAP member before long!
Diane C. - Aug 12, 2012
My Great-Grandmother used to wear an apron. As she aged she lost weight, so she converted one of her dresses into several aprons. My sisters and I each have one of those aprons. It is orange gingham with chicken scratch embroidery above the hem. My Great-Grandmother did the embroidery. One of my Christmas gifts when I was 10 was an apron, a pink gingham one with a children's print on it. I used to wear it when I helped Mom make cookies. My mom always wore an apron when she cooked. She has "everyday" and "dinner" aprons from the 1950's. I have a few aprons myself, but I don't use them. Maybe I'll try one on.....
Diane Robinson - Apr 17, 2012
Yes! I love those memories. My Grandmother always wore an apron. That's one of the precious things i remembered about her, making biscuits wearing that apron.
Teresa Fowler - Apr 14, 2012
They, the aprons, become special when you start making memories with what you cook and who you cook it for. Or the memories come from the past. I bet your apron will become a special one before you know it! Just talking to each other about it will probably make you smile when you tie it on the next time you cook and remember this comment, Christine! I hope so, Teresa Fowler from Chesnee, SC
Christine Fields - Apr 12, 2012
Such wonderful stories about the apron. I try to always wear an apron so I don't stain my clothes. But I don't have a special apron. Atleast not yet.
Teresa Fowler - Mar 28, 2012
The apron memories in this story took me back in time. I remember my mama, grandmothers and aunts wearing aprons almost everytime they cooked. I can still see my mom's on after church on Sunday's as she finished cooking lunch and I set the table. She also helped me make my first apron because I wasn't sure how to sew the ties on it. I wore it every Christmas or any holiday where there was alot of cooking to do. My first daughter-in-law, made me a special apron. It is navy blue which is perfect as I am not the neatest cook. You don't notice the stains on it, thank goodness! She sewed on little ears of corn, tomatoes and even embroidered my name on it. I don't wear it so much anymore as I am saving it for my grandaughter. She will be needing it sooner than later as she made me a great grandmother last year! I hope to be getting the cookie cutters out very soon, sitting a little "Aubry" on a stool at the kitchen island.
Eddie Jordan - Aug 7, 2011
Hello Janet, I don't have one certon apron. I have a collection of aprons from places I have worked. I have one from KFC, one from sonic, one from Williams Grocery, and some I really don't remember. I use my JAP quite often it's white the one from KFC is red and I use it often also. And the one froe Williams grocery is green I use it very much. I want to get me a blue one so I can have a red white and blue one.
Twyla Stafford - Aug 7, 2011
I have one of my granny's apron's and one of my mother's. Granny's apron is an "every day" apron and I use it frequently. My mom's apron is a "special occasion" apron that I wear when I'm making Christmas cookies with my grandson. I have other aprons but those are my two favorites.
Jan Stern - Jun 7, 2011
Thank you for this charming reminder. When we cleared out the old homestead, I made sure I got the apron that was worn by a great-great aunt and then my grandma. This is absolute TREASURE to me.
Geri Imdieke - Jan 18, 2011
I purchased this apron and am sorry that I did. I am 5'2" and with the neck adjusted as short as possible, the tie reaches my buttocks, not my waiste. I gave it to my son-in-law who likes to cook, but I suspect it will go in the trash or be donated to a thrift shop. A waste of $10 if you aren't tall.
Eddie Jordan - Nov 16, 2010
I love this story so much. Writing is one of my hobbies, but cooking comes first. Thank you Janet and Crew. ( GOD BLESS )
Sandy Johnson - Aug 24, 2010
I loved the story about aprons! However; there's no way I will use my Just A Pinch apron to go pick vegies from the garden!
Mama Dee - Jul 11, 2010
I still have my mother's apron and it's red and covers top and bottom and has pockets. She bought it in the 80's. It is still in good shape and I use it now when I cook sometimes.
debi baldeh - Jun 16, 2010
i wear an apron that i've had for so long that i can't remember when or where i got it. last year my local grocery store had bib aprons for $1 (it even has pockets!). i bought one thinking that it would shrink, become misshapen, or fade terribly when washed. but, to my suprise it washed up very well! i had always intended to pick up more, but it seemed the $1 was always needed elsewhere. well,now they're out..hopefully more will come. i've told my kids (and other younger folks) how aprons used to be a "must". nicer and fancier aprons were given (and eagerly received) as gifts. it seems they're popularity faded in the 70's. personally, i think at least one pocket is a 'must' on an apron. does the apron from this site have a pocket? i hope so, if not, i'll just add one myself. maybe we can revive apron wearing from this site. i recall the fancier aprons were the bibless ones. i have always prefered the clothes protection of the bibbed apron. anyone else have apron preferences?