Freida and Claudia are working on the supper for the meal, and Frieda says that they should cut off the heat under the turnips. Claudia suggests that they Freida asks, "Which you want? A whipping and no turnips, or turnips and no whippings?" " I don't know. Maybe we could burn them just a little so Mama and Daddy can eat them, but we cansay we can't." By the end of this chapter, the narrator says the "turnip pot crackled."
The girls intentionally burned the turnips so they wouldn't have to eat them. I must say on a personal note, this was a great idea. I hate turnips too.