Home Comfort Cookbook (1934) - Tips & Hints
Did you know that after boiling salt beef, leave two or three carrots in the liquid until cool. These absorb the salt and the liquid may be turned into soup.
Instead of wasting skimmed milk, our ancestors made it into cottage cheese.
If syrup returns to sugar, reheat, add a small piece of butter making a sugar butter; use on hot cakes instead of syrup.
Did you know that a little baking soda added to boiling syrup will prevent it from crystalizing; a little vinegar likewise will prevent syrup from returning to sugar.
Our ancestors used to save all the grease not suited for cooking and turned it into soap by the use of lye.
Here is a unique hint that sounds promising. Small sccraps of soap tied into a cloth or bag is excellent for cleaning bathtubs, graniteware, etc.
Rats and mice can be driven away by putting potash into holes or where they are likely to go.
Save that sour milk to add to the water with which oilcloth or linoleum is washed. It gives it a luster like new. In fact any kind of milk is good.
What about broken bits of licorice sprinkled about pantry shelves will banish red ants. Borax is also useful, the crystal and not the powder being preferred.
If your oven would get too hot for the proper baking of what is in it, our ancestors would put a basin of cold water inside. As the water becomes hot add more cold water and in this way keep the oven at the desired temperature.
And last but not least, a double layer of brown paper on the pantry shelf and kitchen table covered with oilcloth will enable the oilcloth to last longer.
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