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Puddin' Pot

Stewmaster Jerry Whetsell (r) at the Indian Field Camp Meeting
Stewmaster Jerry Whetsell (r) at the Indian Field Camp Meeting

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The Puddin’ Pot is the folk heritage traditional foodway served on the first Monday the Indian Field Camp Meeting each September. Made in a large iron kettle, different parts of the pig’s head are added into the puddin’ pot along with other ingredients, including onions and seasoning. The Puddin’ Pot is served with rice “cafeteria style” and is doled out on the plates of local politicians who show their “vote-worthiness” by eating large helpings.

Puddin’ Pot is made during the hog killing season, mostly by women to serve workers at noon. The remaining puddin’ pot is cooked down and removed and then ground into hash or used to make liver puddin’. Those who enjoy puddin’ pot recognize its roots as a subsistence food consumed during the hard times that historically marked the small farmer’s lot in South Carolina.

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bullet icon Making puddin' pot (02:26)

The Whetsell’s fix the puddin’ pot, the featured dish at the Indian Field Camp Meeting, held every year in St. George, SC.

bullet icon Eating puddin' pot (01:43)

The puddin’ pot is served “cafeteria style” to local politicians and guests of the Indian Field Camp Meeting

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