Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Make above recipe for Celery Sauce, adding 1 cup grated cheese when celery is added. Stir until cheese is melted. Add 1/2 teaspoon table sauce, then add 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup cream as above and cook over hot water 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve on Toast or crackers.

1 egg white beaten stiff may be added just before serving.


Separate stalks from 2 roots celery and wash thoroughly. Cut lengthwise and crosswise in small pieces. There should be 1 1/3 cups. Put in saucepan with 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt and cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving both liquid and celery. To Liquid add Chicken stock to make 2 cups or Water to make 2 cups and 1 chicken bouillon cube. Melt in saucepan, chafing dish or electric grill 3 tablespoons butter. Add 3 tablespoons flour mixed with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Stir until smooth and add the 2 cups celery water and chicken stock. Stir and boil 1 minute. Add Cooked celery and bring to boiling point. Mix 1 egg yolk and 2/3 cup cream. Add to first mixture and cook 2 minutes over hot water, stirring constantly.

Monday, May 30, 2011


Put in saucepan Tops, cores, and small pieces of apple removed in the making of apple shells. Add 3/4 cup water in which apple balls were soaked and cook gently until apple is soft. Rub through a strainer. Add 3/4 cup sugar, and stir and cook until sugar is dissolved and sauce is of the proper consistency. This may be used at another meal.


Put 1 pint oysters in strainer over a bowl and over them pour 2 tablespoons cold water, reserving liquid. Pick over oysters, removing any bits of shell that may adhere to tough muscle. Crush 5 common crackers on board with rolling pin or put through food chopper, and sift the Crumbs. There should be 1/2 cup. Coat each oyster with the cracker crumbs. Sauté in 4 tablespoons melted butter or cooking oil. When brown on one side turn and brown the other side. Cover 8 slices of toast, cut in three strips each, with Celery sauce, and serve an oyster on each piece of toast.


Cut tops from stem end of 8 choice apples. Remove inside of apples with a French ball cutter, putting balls in 2 cups cold water with Juice of 1 lemon. Reserve tops of apples, cores, and small pieces for apple sauce. Put Apple shells in 1 quart cold water to which is added 1 teaspoon salt. Remove skins and seeds from 1/4 lb. (1 cup) white grapes. Just before serving drain apple shells. Remove apple balls from the water. Drain and mix with the White grapes and with 1/3 cup maraschino cherries and fill apple shells. Mix 3 tablespoons syrup from maraschino cherries with Juice of 1/2 orange and put over the apple balls. Serve apple shells in individual dishes or cocktail glasses surrounded with Crushed Ice.

Apple may be removed in small oval shapes with a coffee spoon, if a French ball cutter is not available.

Grapes may be bought in cans if fresh grapes are not in market.


Melt 1/2 pound (1 cake) vanilla sweet chocolate over hot water, add slowly 1 cup strong hot coffee and boil 1 minute. Add to 6 cups scalded milk, beat until a thick froth forms on top, and leave over hot water 10 minutes. Serve with Whipped cream sweetened and flavored, or chill and serve in tall glasses with Cracked Ice.


Cream 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Add gradually 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg, well beaten. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon soda in 1/4 cup rich sour cream. Add to first mixture alternately with 1 1/4 cups pastry flour sifted with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup raisins cut in pieces and 1/4 cup nut meats cut in pieces. Drop by spoonfuls on greased tin sheet, and bake in a moderate oven.

Double the amount of flour may be used, nuts and raisins omitted, and mixture chilled and rolled out and cut in any desired shape, before baking.


Put in saucepan 3/4 cup sugar, add Grated rind of 1 orange and 1/4 cup cold water. Stir and boil 1 minute. Soak 1 teaspoon gelatin in 2 tablespoons cold water and dissolve in the hot syrup. Add 2/3 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Place on ice, and when it begins to thicken, fold in 1 1/2 cups cream beaten stiff, 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, shredded, 1/4 cup candied cherries cut in pieces. Fill ring mold or baking powder boxes with mixture. Cover with greased paper and tin covers. Surround with two parts ice mixed with one part salt and let stand 3 hours. Unmold and serve cut in slices. Molds may be decorated with Pistachio nuts and Candied cherries, before filling with mixture.


Mix in double boiler 2 teaspoons flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar and a Few grains cayenne; add 1 teaspoon butter and 1/3 cup vinegar. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly until mixture thickens; add 1 egg yolk, and stir and cook 1 minute. Cool and just before serving add 1/2 cup heavy cream, sweet or sour, beaten until stiff.


Mix 2 cups cold boiled potatoes cut in cubes 1 cup celery or cabbage cut in small pieces 2 or 3 hard cooked eggs chopped fine 2 tablespoons chopped pickle 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper or pimiento 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and Few drops onion juice. Moisten with Cream Dressing and serve in nests of Lettuce or cabbage leaves.


Cut 1/2 pound bacon in tiny squares or force through food chopper, and cook until crisp. Reserve both bacon fat and dice. Mix 2 teaspoons brown sugar Few grains pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon mustard. Add 4 tablespoons vinegar. Stir until smooth. Add to 1/2 cup of the bacon fat and bring to boiling point. Sprinkle Lettuce with the dice of cooked bacon and just before serving pour dressing over or pass it at the table.


Sift together 1 1/2 cups bread flour 1/4 teaspoon soda 3/4 cup corn meal 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cut in 2 tablespoons shortening with a case knife. Beat 1 egg, add 1/2 cup sour milk and combine mixtures. Roll 1/2 inch thick, cut with oval cutter, brush with Melted butter, double over and place on greased baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 450 degrees F.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Hard cook 2 eggs. Reserve 1/2 yolk. Chop remainder fine and mix with 2 tablespoons green pepper chopped 2 tablespoons pimiento chopped 4 anchovies chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt Few grains pepper and Few drops onion juice. Moisten with Mayonnaise dressing. Fill 8 rose apples or small tomatoes from which centers have been removed. Cover with mayonnaise and garnish with Strips of anchovy, laid crosswise. Serve each rose apple or tomato on a small plate sprinkled with Chopped parsley mixed with reserved egg yolk, rubbed through a strainer.


Put in small saucepan 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Heat to boiling point and when sugar is dissolved add 1 tablespoon whole cloves, crushed and a 2 inch piece stick cinnamon broken in pieces, tied together very loosely in a piece of cheesecloth. Boil gently to 215 degrees F. or to a thin syrup. When cool add juice of 2 lemons. Serve in small bowl, using 1 tablespoon syrup in each cup of tea.


With wooden spoon work 1 cream cheese until creamy and add gradually 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar. Beat 1/2 egg white until stiff and gradually beat in the cheese mixture. This frosting may be put on cookies or cake by forcing through a pastry bag and fine tube or paper cone, making lines or other decorations. It may be colored if desired.


Beat 1 egg until light, add 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses and 1/4 cup shortening melted in 1/2 cup warm water. Add 2 cups pastry flour sifted with 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Combine mixtures and bake in small greased tins for 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Frost if desired with Cheese Frosting.


Put 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in saucepan and boil quickly until syrup is a golden brown. Remove from fire, add 2/3 cup chopped nut meats and turn into lightly greased pan. Cool and pound until broken into very small pieces.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Drain 1 can apricots, cook syrup 10 minutes, add fruit and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Cool and pour into serving dish. Sprinkle with one-half the nut brittle. Beat 1/2 cup cream until stiff, add slowly 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Few grains salt and half remaining brittle. Pile cream on the apricots, sprinkle with remaining brittle and serve as cold as possible. Other canned fruit or orange sections may be used instead of apricots.


Pare rind from 2 quarts ripe cucumbers, cut in slices crosswise, and then stamp out centers, making rings. Cover with Cold water, add 1 teaspoon soda and let stand over night. Next morning drain, cover with cold water in which 2 tablespoons alum have been dissolved and boil 10 minutes. Strain, cover again with cold water, add 1 tablespoon ginger, boil 15 minutes. Drain, measure water and discard. Measure as much vinegar as there was water and to each quart vinegar add 3 pounds granulated sugar 1/4 cup whole cloves and 1/4 cup stick cinnamon. Add fruit and boil until clear.

Watermelon rind, cut in strips, may be used instead of cucumber.


When brought from market soak 1 pair sweetbreads 1 hour in Water with 1 tablespoon vinegar. Parboil 20 minutes in 1 cup milk. Cool in cold water, drain and cut in slices. On serving plate for each person place 1 slice toast spread to the edges with Butter worked until creamy. Cut in two diagonally and cover with 1 or 2 washed and dried Lettuce leaves, and with Mayonnaise dressing. On lettuce place a layer of Sweetbread slices, cover with Slices of cucumber which have been dipped in Mayonnaise dressing and with 2 slices bacon free from rind, cooked until crisp. Cover with 1 slice buttered toast, cut in two diagonally. Place a Small lettuce leaf on the toast and fill with Mayonnaise dressing. Sprinkle with Paprika. Place on side of plate Sweet pickled cucumber rings or Olives, plain or stuffed.


Sift together 2 cups pastry flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. With fingers rub in 1/4 cup butter or margarine, add 2 eggs well beaten and 7/8 cup thin cream. Mix thoroughly, pour into greased muffin pans or small fancy shaped tins and bake 12 minutes at 400 degrees F., and 5 minutes at 450 degrees F. Makes 16 small muffins.


Soak 1/2 cup pearl tapioca over night in 1 quart cold water. Cook in same water until tender and clear. Drain liquor from 1 quart can tomatoes, add 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1 pint chicken stock or 2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 1 pint water. Wash 2 eggs, slightly beat the whites and add whites and shells to the soup.

Stir until soup boils, boil 2 minutes, remove from heat and let stand 20 minutes. Strain through double cheesecloth, add tapioca drained from water and rinsed. Reheat and serve in bouillon cups. A bit of Red coloring may be added to intensify the color.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Add to 6 cups cold boiled or percolated coffee 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup cream and Sugar to taste. Serve in tall glasses with Cracked ice.


Put 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved and boiling point is reached. Do not stir after it boils. Wash down sides of saucepan with pastry brush dipped in cold water to prevent formation of crystals. Cook until syrup spins a 4 inch thread when dropped from spoon held at least 8 inches above pan. Pour slowly onto 2 egg yolks beaten until thick and lemon colored, beating constantly with egg beater until mixture will hold its shape, then add Few gratings orange rind and 1/2 tablespoon orange juice and spread on cake

2 egg whites may be used instead of egg yolks if preferred.


Melt 2 tablespoons butter, add 4 tablespoons cornstarch, and when mixed add Grated rind 1 orange 1 cup orange juice and 1 cup sugar. Bring to boiling point, stirring all the time. Cook 15 minutes over boiling water.

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cool and fold in 1 cup cream beaten stiff.


Beat together until thick 2 egg yolks 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind 4 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice. Add 3/4 cup sugar gradually, continuing to beat with egg beater. Fold in 2 egg whites, beaten stiff and 1 cup pastry flour, sifted 4 times with 1/4 teaspoon soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Grease an angel cake or deep round tin and line bottom with greased paper. Pour in cake mixture and bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees F. Split, put Orange cream filling between layers, and frost top with Boiled orange frosting.


Make in small round balls and bake in muffin pans.

Bake 2 round balls in each muffin pan, brushing between with melted butter.

Bake 3 round balls in each muffin pan.

Roll 1/4 inch thick, spread with butter, roll up like a jelly roll, cut in pieces 1 inch thick, and bake in muffin pans.

Prepare as above, sprinkling with sugar and cinnamon before rolling.

Prepare as above, sprinkling with chopped nuts and maple sugar before rolling.

Roll 1/4 inch thick, spread with butter, fold in 3 layers, cut off strips 1 inch wide, twist and coil. When baked spread with confectioners' frosting.

Shape and roll in strips 8 inches long and about as large around as a lead pencil and bake.

Roll 1/2 inch thick, cut with small oval cutter, brush with butter, double over and place close together and bake.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Sift together 2 cups bread flour, measured after sifting once 5 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Work in with fingers 2 tablespoons shortening. Add 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten, mixed with 2/3 cup milk, cutting it in with a knife. Toss on floured cloth or board and knead 5 minutes. Shape in any way suggested below. Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Brush with milk or melted butter just before removing from the oven.


Sift into a bowl 1/2 teaspoon mustard 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt and Few grains cayenne. Add 1 egg yolk, mix well and add 1 tablespoon vinegar, stirring constantly. Measure 3/4 cup salad oil and add 3 teaspoons of the oil a drop at a time, beating constantly. Then while beating, add it 1 teaspoon at a time till mixture begins to thicken. When very thick, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and add remaining oil rapidly. The whole process should take about 7 minutes.


Heat to boiling point in agate saucepan 1 cup tomato juice and pulp 2 tablespoons mild vinegar 1 tablespoon gelatin 1/2 tablespoon sugar Bit of bay leaf 1 slice onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and leaves from 1 stalk celery. Stir until gelatin is dissolved, strain through fine strainer, and mold in small bread pan that measures about 4 1/2 inches by 8 inches.

Cut in 1/2 inch cubes for serving.


In a salad bowl lined with Lettuce leaves, arrange separate piles of 1/2 pound crab meat 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (use silver knife so white will not discolor) 2 roots celery or 1/2 pound endive cut in small pieces, and Tomato jelly cut in cubes. Between piles place Green pepper free from seeds and cut in strips. Make a nest of heart leaves of lettuce in center and fill with Mayonnaise dressing.

The salad ingredients may be mixed lightly together, when salad is being served, or only those ingredients that are desired may be served to each person.


Put in small agate or enamel saucepan 1 cup vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon blades of mace 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves, and cook 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup candied cherries, cook 5 minutes; skim out, add 1/2 cup large Malaga raisins in clusters of two or three.

Cook 10 minutes, remove raisins and add 18 small sweet cucumber pickles and cook 10 minutes.

Arrange in glass jar in closely packed layers, putting raisins in first, then cherries, then pickles; repeat until jar is full. Strain hot syrup into jar, and seal.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Beat 3 eggs until light, add 3/4 pound soft cheese grated or put through food chopper 1 1/2 teaspoons table sauce 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika Few grains cayenne. Mix well and spread on 8 slices bread cut one-third inch thick. Cut 3/4 pound bacon in very thin slices the length of the slice of bread. Make bacon still thinner by pressing each strip on a board with a broad knife. Cover cheese with bacon and bake 8 or 10 minutes under gas flame, or in hot oven.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Cut in two 4 grapefruit. Insert two toothpicks opposite each other on each half. From one-half inch on each side of toothpick cut through the skin around the grapefruit one-fourth inch from the top of each half, leaving skin whole where toothpicks are inserted.

Loosen pulp and remove and discard seeds, membrane and toothpicks. Sprinkle pulp of each half with 1 cream peppermint, broken in pieces, and chill. Bring the two strips of skin together above the grapefruit and tie together with Narrow ribbon, for the handle. Insert in the knot a sprig of Flowers, berries or mint, and place on doily on individual serving plates.


Half fill a perforated tea spoon or tea ball with Orange Pekoe, or other preferred tea. Place in cup, add fresh Boiling water, until cup is two-thirds full. Remove tea spoon as soon as tea is of the desired strength.

Two or three cups of tea can usually be made without emptying and refilling the tea spoon.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Wipe Fresh mint leaves, remove from stems and rub each leaf gently with the finger dipped in Egg white slightly beaten. Mix 3 tablespoons granulated sugar with 3 drops oil of spearmint, and sift over each side of the mint leaves. Lay close together on a cake rack covered with wax paper and leave in a warm but not a hot place until crisp and dry. Serve in Tea with Sliced lemon and Loaf sugar.


Use above mixture with or without figs and nuts as a cake filling or frosting. It need not be baked.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Put in top of double boiler 7/8 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons water. Stir until sugar is dissolved as much as possible. There will still be small sugar crystals remaining. Wash sugar crystals from inside of double boiler with pastry brush dipped in cold water. Add 1 egg white, unbeaten. Place over hot water and cook, beating constantly with egg beater for 7 to 12 minutes or until mixture will hold its shape.

Add 1 tablespoon marshmallow cream and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and fold over and over until again stiff enough to hold its shape. Add 1/3 cup (3) figs cut in small pieces and 1/3 cup nut meats cut in small pieces. Pile on Small round crackers and bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes or until delicately brown. This rule will cover 3 dozen small crackers. Should frosting be too soft to hold its shape after adding marshmallow cream, it may be again placed over hot water, and folded gently over and over, until it becomes slightly granular around the edges. Remove from hot water, and continue folding over gently until of the desired stiffness.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Mix very thoroughly 1/2 cup dry powdered cocoa Few grains salt 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add slowly 2 cups milk, scalded, and cook over boiling water 20 minutes, stirring until thickened and occasionally afterward. Pour over 2 eggs well beaten, chill, and add 2 cups cream beaten stiff 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup syrup drained from canned raspberries or strawberries, and freeze.

If frozen in a vacuum freezer, put mixture in center can of freezer; cover, invert freezer, and fill outer compartment with finely crushed ice mixed with half the amount of rock salt. Open the freezer occasionally, scrape cream from sides and mix well, using a long-bladed knife. If frozen in an ordinary freezer, it is not necessary to beat the cream. Put mixture in can of ice cream freezer, surround with three parts ice and one part salt.

Let mixture stand 5 minutes, then turn crank slowly until mixture is stiff. When frozen drain off ice water and repack, using four parts ice and one part salt.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Mix 2 tablespoons mayonnaise dressing with 2 tablespoons cream cheese. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon table sauce 1/2 teaspoon paprika and add very slowly 1/4 cup salad oil, beating with egg beater until very thick. Add slowly 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar. Keep in cool place till ready to serve.

Cream cheese with Roquefort flavor is desirable in both the above recipes, but the usual cottage or cream cheese may be used if preferred.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Cut 4 tomatoes in halves in such a way that they come apart in points. Arrange each half in a nest of Lettuce leaves. In the center of tomato pile Cream cheese forced through a coarse strainer. In center of cheese put a Few bits of green pepper finely chopped. Serve with cheese dressing.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Wash and pick over Fruit. Crush in kettle one layer at a time and boil, stirring frequently, until juice is extracted from pulp. Let drip through double piece of cheesecloth, rinsed in cold water, over night or till juice no longer drips. Do not squeeze. To 1 tablespoon juice add 1 tablespoon alcohol; stir and let stand 10 minutes. If 2/3 of the mixture is cloudy use 2/3 cup sugar to each cup juice. If all is cloudy use equal parts sugar and juice. (This is called the Pectin Test.) Be sure that juice mixed with alcohol is discarded immediately. Measure remaining juice into kettle, bring to boiling point, add required amount of sugar and cook to 220 degrees F. or until mixture will show two distinct, firm drops when dripped from side of spoon, or when small amount will become firm when dropped on very cold saucer. Then skim and pour into sterilized glasses.

Second Extraction

Return fruit pulp to kettle, add barely enough cold water to cover it, bring slowly to boiling point, stirring to prevent burning on; cook 5 minutes, drain and finish as for first extraction, boiling 5 minutes before adding the sugar.

Third Extraction

Proceed as for second extraction. Oftentimes the juice from second and third extractions may be combined before being made up into jelly. By making three extractions the amount of jelly obtainable from a given amount of fruit may be almost doubled.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Put 1 pound cooked ham through food chopper. Add 4 tablespoons creamed butter, 1 teaspoon mustard and 1 teaspoon paprika, and mix well. Cut Bread in sixteen 1/4-inch slices, spread eight slices bread with the ham mixture, cover with remaining bread and press slices firmly together. Cut each sandwich in three strips. Beat 2 eggs slightly and add 2 cups milk. Dip sandwiches, one at a time, in this mixture, and sauté in butter, cooking on one side until browned, and then turning and browning the other side. Serve very hot.

Other meat, or marmalade or jam may be used in sandwiches in place of ham.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Remove skin and seeds from 1/2 pound white grapes. If grapes are firm, boiling water may be poured over them and allowed to stand 1 minute, when skins will come off easily.

Pare 2 oranges, removing white part with the skin, and remove sections free from membrane.

Cut 4 slices canned pineapple in dice. Mix the fruit with 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup syrup from canned pineapple, and Few grains salt. Put into ice cream freezer, surround with ice and salt, and stir occasionally until juice begins to freeze. Serve in cocktail glasses, garnishing each glass with a Maraschino cherry.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Take equal parts of fat and lean meat, such as the inferior end of the spare-ribs and some of the loose fat; chop these well together, adding a few sage leaves, a little thyme, pepper and salt, and one or two eggs; when the whole is thoroughly mixed and chopped fine, use a sprinkle of flour on a table or dresser, for the purpose of rolling the sausages into shape of the size and form of a man's thumb. These sausages may be fried in the ordinary way.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Mind that your pickling-trough is well scalded out before using it for pickling the bacon. Allow at the rate of four ounces of salt to every pound of meat, and to every ten pounds of salt six ounces of saltpetre, two ounces of salprunella, and eight ounces of sugar; rub the salt, etc., well into the bacon every morning for twelve successive days; and at the end of that time, let the sides of bacon be pressed between boards with heavy stones placed upon them to keep them flat; and at the end of twenty-four hours, rub them over with peasemeal in which there has been mixed a little salt, and smoke the bacon in the same manner as the hams; and thus, by timely thriftiness, you will be provided with a meat dinner for a long while.

Monday, May 9, 2011


When the hams have been well pickled, as shown in the preceding Number, they must be pressed between boards with heavy stones to render them flat; the hams should remain in press for twenty-four hours; and, at the end of that time, must be well rubbed all over with peasemeal mixed with a little salt; they are then to be smoked in a close shed or in the chimney, burning for that purpose some branches of juniper or any other wood, and some sawdust. The smoking must last five days. The hams, when sufficiently smoked, must be kept in a cool place. They will not be ripe for cooking before six months after their curing. Remember that a couple of well-cured hams, kept in reserve for a case of need, will always prove a ready means to realize some twenty-five shillings towards paying the rent, etc.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


To six pounds of common salt, add four ounces of saltpetre, eight ounces of treacle, two ounces of salprunella, winter savory, bay-leaves, thyme, marjoram, and a good table-spoonful of allspice, bruise all these things well together, and thoroughly rub them over and into the hams, with very clean hands. The rubbing-in must be repeated four or five successive mornings, and the hams must remain in this pickle for ten days longer.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Cottagers sometimes feed a pig for their own consumption, and, therefore, in the hope that many of you may have it in your power to do so, I will give you proper instructions as to the best way to make the most of it. First, when the pig is killed, should the hair or bristles be wet, wipe them dry with a wisp of hay or straw, and having laid it on the ground upon a narrow bed of dry straw three inches in thickness, and laid some loose straw all over it, set fire to it, and as the upper straw burns out, lay on another covering of loose straw, and, by the time this has burnt out, all the hairs of the upper part of the pig will probably be singed off, if not, burn a little more straw upon the remaining parts; and, on turning the pig over, should it be found that any of the hairs yet remain, let them be singed off with a lighted wisp of straw. Throw a pail of water over the pig, and scrape it clean and dry with an old knife. The next thing to be done, is to insert a stout stick, pointed at the ends, into the hocks of the hind legs; fasten a strong cord to the stick, and hoist up the pig so as to enable you to stand up and finish your work with ease to yourself. With a sharp knife rip up the belly, and stretch out the flaps with two sticks to enable you to throw in some water to cleanse the pig's inside, having first removed the guts, etc.; hang up the pluck to cool, and also the chitterlings, and loose fat; and, after thoroughly wiping the pig, let it hang in the draught to become quite cold. You then split the pig in halves, commencing between the hind quarters; and, when this is done, first cut off the hocks, then the hams, and the head; next cleverly remove, slicing away, what is called the spare-rib--that is, the lean meat about the ribs--reaching up about four inches toward the breast part, and lay the spare-ribs aside to be sold or reserved for your own use.


These are to be dressed in the same way as directed for dressing geese.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Let the pig be stuffed in the same manner as directed for a goose, as shown in the preceding Number; score it all over crosswise, rub some grease or butter upon it, place it upon a trivet in a dish containing peeled potatoes and a few sliced onions, season with pepper and salt; add half-a-pint of water, and bake the pig for about two hours, basting it frequently with its own dripping, or, a bit of butter tied up in a piece of muslin.