when it comes to the traditional customs of the northern winter solstice, most people think about eating, such as eating dumplings, wonton and mutton. In some places in the north, the winter solstice festival also has the customs of "steaming winter". The so-called "steaming winter" actually means steaming Wotou, which is also done on weekdays, but at the winter solstice, steaming Wotou has different stress, Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you to the northern winter solstice custom: steaming winter.
Winter Solstice Festival "steam winter" is an old habit and tradition in some places in the north. The ballad says "steam winter, steam winter, there is wind in the field", which means that after the winter solstice, there will be wind in the field in summer and autumn next year, and the wind is people's wish to keep the grain from hard work clean.and
in this way, the grain will be stored as soon as possible, so that people can stop as soon as possible, so as not to suffer bad weather and spoil the fruits of the harvest. It can be seen that this proverb contains the meaning of praying for good weather in the coming year. The folk saying "if you don't steam winter at the winter solstice, you're too poor to hum" reminds people not to forget to steam winter at the winter solstice festival.
steamed winter is steamed nest head. Although wotou'er is a common meal of farmers, it is basically steamed and eaten every day, and there is nothing new and strange. But on the day of the winter solstice, Wotou said.
first of all, the materials used by wotouer are different. On weekdays, it is usually steamed with corn flour or sorghum flour, while on the winter solstice day, the steamed wotouer, with better family conditions, uses millet flour mixed with red jujube mud. If conditions are poor, at least add red jujube mud to corn or sorghum flour. In addition, steam Wotou at any time on weekdays. The winter solstice day must be steamed in the morning.
two days before the winter solstice, every family began to grind sorghum rice and corn flour on stone mills. Because it is prepared for the winter solstice festival, it takes special time to grind it a little worse and finer. The first night, the housewife poured out some red dates from the earthen pot, cooked them, removed the core, and then kneaded them into jujube paste for standby.
on the winter solstice, the whole family began to be busy just at dawn. Men go to the well platform to carry water; Women began to use porcelain pots and noodles; The older children were ordered by their parents to get up and clean the yard. The cat and dog got up, shook themselves and walked out of the nest. The farmer's Winter Solstice Festival opened in this way.
at this time, I saw the housewife dig more than half a basin of corn flour into the basin, and then put some sorghum flour or sweet potato flour and jujube mud in a certain proportion. Then use warm water and noodles, wake up for a while when the hardness and softness are appropriate, and then pull the noodles into an embryo the size of a steamed bread. Then, like a magic trick, the housewife's ten fingers twirl quickly on the embryo, and in the blink of an eye, they pinch it into a nest like a golden tower. I saw a nest at the bottom of the wotou'er with my thumb, and the periphery of the whole wotou'er was thin and even. This shape is heated evenly and cooked quickly.
while the housewife pinches the nest, her mother-in-law or sister-in-law begins to cook in the kitchen. After the nest head pinches it, a pot of water will boil. Put the wotou'er into the steamer, burn a big fire first, and then change to a small fire. When the nest is steamed, the sun is just red. At the moment of uncovering the lid, the whole kitchen was immediately filled with steam like a heat wave, and a fragrance came to my face. This is exactly: the winter solstice steams, the winter is hot, and the aroma drives back the biting wind. The hearts of men, women, old and young are joyful, and the days are like a rising sun.https://www.dailyq-a.com/Culture/27491.html
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