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Things Mother Used to Make A Collection of Old Time Recipes, Some Nearly One Hundred Years Old and Never Published Before Kindle Edition
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This book really is about the way our mothers used to do things. It's full of recipes, heavy on sweets, rolls and cakes. ( There is a Jelly Roll recipe in the book I am destined to try.) The book is also chalked full of tips on preserving meats and veggies. Needless to say some of the recipes use some old terminology, like soured milk, but if you have any questions about that a simple google search will produce the desired results with instructions as to soured milks.
The real joy for a history lover comes in some of the old household tips. For instance the book lists early potpourri ideas as " ways to remove offensive odors from the home" It suggests sprinkling coffee over hot coals from the fireplace. That would work! It also says sugar burnt on the fireplace shovel purifies the air. ( May have to try that and see what it smells like)
It is also chalked full of common sense tips like not allowing children to eat snow. Some a bit questionable like to soften to leather shoes rub them with Kerosene. Says nothing of the smell and hazards that might cause or how to remove the smell from the shoes once rubbed with Kerosene.
All and all this book is a enjoyable read.
In the back of the book there are some housekeeping ideas such as this one: = Dish Washing Made a Pleasure:
"First of all, remove all refuse from the dishes. Place them near the sink, large plates at the bottom, then the smaller ones, then saucers. Have a large pan full of very hot water. Make a good soap suds by using a soap shaker. Wash the tumblers and all glassware first, and wipe at once. Use a handle dish cloth (which can be bought for five cents), for these, as the water will be too hot for the hands. Wash the silver next. Have a large pan, in which to place the clean dishes, cups and bowls first. When all are washed pour over them boiling or very hot water, and wipe quickly. Pans and kettles come last. Always have a cake of sand soap or a can of cleaning powder, for scouring the pie plates and bottoms of kettles. It is very little work to keep baking tins and kitchen utensils in good condition, if washed perfectly clean each time they are used. Wash the dish towels, at least once every day, and never use them for anything else. With clean hot water, clean towels, and plenty of soap dishwashing is made easy. If you live in New England, your sink will be in front of a window. Be sure and plant just outside of this window nasturtiums, a bed of pansies, morning glories and for fall flowers, salvia. These bright blossoms will add to your pleasure while washing dishes."
The recipes do have that 'old granny's recipes' feel to them. I love that. I am a recipe hog and I actually buy old ladies' recipe boxes on ebay so I can find things that have gone out of style. While I can't stand Jello molds, the old recipes were not afraid to use real sugar, lard, and lots of gravy.
That said, Things My Mother Used To Make covers a lot of area and comes out winning.
Frankly, I'm going to try a few recipes, just for the fun of it. I do believe I will save the use of old underpants as dust rags for the Apocalypse, but it is nice to know this idea will be freely available if that time ever does come!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy reading about the "lost arts." This has a lot of recipes, and I've found it kind of difficult to use a "cookbook" on a kindle. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by NoGiftsPlease
was a great book of old timey recipes, reminded me of how my mother used to cook. I love "folksy" articles and books. Read morePublished 7 days ago by linda waldroup
This is a nifty little book with all kinds of interesting recipes and general information for the time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Laura E. Silver
Wonderful Read. I can't get enough of reading this book. Love the ease of having it avaiable on my kindle at any time. I just can't believe it's free!! Read morePublished 8 days ago by VADeals
Lots of things I remember from when I was a kid. Also the various hints on cooking and housekeeping were interesting. JustPublished 9 days ago by Ella Weatherall
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