In reading the newspapers, I found some interesting things that you would not
find in today's newspapers. I am putting them here just because they are
~ Sharon Wick
Source: Portage County Advocate - Ohio
Dated: May 5, 1854
TO WASH CARPETS. Shake and beat well; lay
it upon the floor, and tack it firmly; then with a clean flannel wash it over
with one quart of bullock's gall, mixed with three quarts of cold soft water and
rub it off with a clean flannel or housecloth. Any particular dirty spot
should be rubbed with pure gall.
POTATO ROLLS - Four large potatoes boiled, one tablespoonful of butter,
salt to the taste, half a pint of milk, half a tea cup full of yeast, flour
sufficient to form a dough. Boil the potatoes, peel and mash them and
while they are hot add the butter and salt, then pour in the milk. When
the mixture is lukewarm add the yeast and flour. Knead the dough, and set
it away to rise, place them on buttered tins, let them rise, and bake them.
NEW RECEIPE FOR MAKING ICE CREAM -
The following receipe is from a Connecticut lady: It is the
best and quickest method of making ice cream we have seen. "Take one
teacup of cream, one tea cup of sugar, one egg; beat the egg and the sugar well
together; flavor as you please, and then stir in light snow until it is frozen
as stiff as you wish. IT is quickly made, and first-rate.
WHEAT MEAL PUDDING - FINE FLAVORED -
Beat five eggs, add to them four cups sweet milk, one of sweet cream with
salt. Into this stir a cup full of flour and wheat meal sufficient to make
a batter a little thicker than for griddle cakes. Boil one and a half
hours - Serve in the same manner. The water should be boiling when the
puddings are put in, and kept so till they are done. It is necessary to
turn them occasionally, as they will rise to the top.
LEMON PIES - A lady tells the Agriculturalist how to make
lemon pies. Grate the peels of four lemons, and squeeze the juice into the
grated peel. Then take nine eggs leaving out half of the whites, one pound
of loaf or white sugar, half a pound of butter, one pint of cream, or of milk,
and four tablespoonfuls of rose-water, and beat them well together, and add the
lemon. Divide into four pies with undercrust and bake.
Source: Portage County Advocate - Portage Co., Ohio
Aug. 9, 1854
TO CLEAN STRAW CARPETS - Wash them in salt and water,
and wipe them with a clean dry cloth.
TO BLACK A BRICK HEARTH - Mix some black lead with soft soap and a little
water, and boil it - then lay it on with a brush. Or mix the lead with
TO CLEAN FREESTONE. - Wash the hearth with soap and wipe it with a wet
cloth. Or rub it over with a little freestone powder, after washing the
hearth in hot water. Brush off the powder when dry.
TO CLEAN MARBLE - Pound very fine a quarter of a pound of whiting and a
small quantity of stone blue; dissolve in a little water one ounce of __da, and
mix the above ingredients carefully together with a quarter of a pound of soft
soap, boil it a quarter of an hour on a slow fire, carefully stirring it.
Then when quite hot, lay it with a brush upon the marble and let it remain on
half an hour. Wash it off with warm water, flannel, and a scrubbing brush,
and wipe it dry.
Source: Portage County Advocate
Dated: Dec. 27, 1854
WASHING FOR THE BARK OF FRUIT TREES - The Working Farmer in speaking
of the efficiency of lime wash, objects to it on the account of its quick
conversion from a caustic state to a state of carbonate, forming a hard crust
upon the surface, and preventing the perspiration of the bark. Soap is
recommended on account of its well known mildness, and consequent safety of
application, at the same time that preserves its causticity for an indefinite
period, assisting in the destruction of insects and their eggs, and softening
and cleansing the bark as each successive rain washes down a portion. A
solution of soda (known as bleacher's soda No. 1) is most strongly recommended
for its power to cleanse, soften and render healthy the bark. For using, a
pound is dissolved in a gallon of water. We mention these applications in
order that our fruit raising readers may be able to give them a fair trial for a
comparison of results. - Country Gentleman.
Blooming Hyacinths in Glasses.
We are indebted to Messrs J. M. THORBURN & Co.,
whose advertisement appears in this paper, for a very timely and acceptable
present of a dozen of the finest hyacinth bulbs. - And this reminds us that the
present is a good time for planting all kinds of hardy bulbous flower roots,
(though last month was still better), and also for placing hyacinth bulbs in
glasses for winter blooming in-doors. Those who have not witnessed them
can scarcely conceive what beautiful parlor ornaments a few hyacinths make when
in full bloom in midwinter; and where a house affords one room that does not
freeze hard of a winter night, it is very easy to grow these flowers, if one has
the roots and a few bulb glasses which latter can be procured at small cost, at
most crockery stores. The following are the directions for managing bulbs
in glasses, as given in Messrs. Thorburn's new catalogue of bulbous
Hyacinths intended for glasses, should be placed in
them during October and November, the glasses being previously filled with pure
water, so that the bottom of the bulb may just touch the water; then place them
for the first ten days in a dark room, to promote the shooting of the root,
after which expose them to the sun and light as much as possible.
The will blow, however, without any sun but the color of the flowers will be
inferior. - The water should be changed as it becomes impure; draw the roots
entirely out of the glasses, rinse off the shores in clean water, and wash the
inside of the glass well. Care should be taken that the water does not
freeze, as it would not only burst the glass, but cause the fibres to decay.
Whether the water be hard or soft is not of much consequence - soft is
preferable - but must be perfectly clear to show the fibres to advantage. -