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(from The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy, by Hannah Glasse, 1774) Ingredients: 2 oz. virgin's wax 2 oz. hog's lard 1/2 oz. spermaceti 1 oz. oil of sweet almonds 2 drams balsam of Peru 2 drams alkanet root, cut small 6 new raisins, shred small a little fine sugar Instructions: TAKE two...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860)
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: 1/2 oz. best black sealing wax 2 oz. rectified spirits of wine Instructions: Take 1/2 ounce best black sealing wax, pound it well, and put it into a 4-ounce vial containing 2...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1862) Ingredients: 2 lbs. fresh lard 1 pint water 7 - 8 carrots perfume Instructions: Put two pounds of fresh lard in a vessel with a pint of water, let it come to a simmer; then add seven or eight grated carrots, let it...
(from The Cook's Oracle: And Housekeeper's Manual, by William Kitchiner, 1822) Ingredients: 2 lbs. double refined lump sugar 1 pint cold spring-water 1/2 of an egg white Instructions: Break into bits two pounds (avoirdupois) of double refined lump sugar, and put it into a clean stew-pan...
(from the Civilian & Telegraph, of Cumberland, Maryland , September 12, 1861) - WARNING - HIGHLY DANGEROUS, DO NOT ATTEMPT Ingredients: quicksilver (mercury) Instructions: We see in the Scientific American and other papers recipe for cleaning gun barrels. They are all open to the...
(from The Economical Housekeeper, John Henry Walsh, 1857) 986. The following list of essences, and other flavouring compounds, should be kept ready for use by all those who profess to carry out their cookery to perfection. Most of them may now be purchased at the shops of the druggists, but...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: 1 pint boiled linseed oil 1 pint mastic varnish 1 half-pint alcohol 3 ounces gum sell-lac 1 stick red sealing-wax Instructions: One pint of boiled linseed oil, one pint of mastic varnish, one half-pint of...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) - A WARNING from CivilWarTalk - Historic Users of this Receipt have fallen ill with "Lead Poisoning". Do Not Attempt to Recreate! Ingredients: 1 drachm lac sulphur 1/2 drachm sugar lead 4 oz. rose water Instructions...
(from The Economical Housekeeper, John Henry Walsh, 1857) Ingredients: 1/2 lb. lard 6 oz. olive oil 2 drachms of essence of lemon, oil of lavender, or any other perfume Instructions: 1065 Melt half a pound of lard and six ounces of olive oil in a jar placed in hot water; when nearly cool add...
(from Excelsior Cook Book and Housekeeper's Aid, by Laura Trowbridge, 1863) Receipt: This is a very prevalent complaint, and arises from different causes. If owing to acidity in the stomach, a little soda will do it good. Hop tea, camomile, sage, Cayenne pepper, is good for nervous headache; a...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) (from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1862) (from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) (from Godey's Ladies...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, 1863) Ingredients: 2 lbs. common yellow or white soap 1/4 lb. honey perfume Instructions: Cut into thick shavings two pounds of common yellow or white soap, put it on the fire with just water...
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: 1 lb. logwood 1 gallon of water 24 grains bichromate of potash 12 grains prussiate of potash Instructions: Take 1 pound logwood, and 1 gallon of water; boil slightly, or simmer...
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: 2 lbs. best white bar soap 1 lb. good common bar soap 1 quart of soft water 1 pint alcohol 1 gill beef's gall 1 gill spirits of turpentine oil of sassafras -- for flavor fine...
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: neats foot oil caoutchouc India rubber Instructions: Take neats foot oil, and dissolve in it caoutchouc, (India rubber,) a sufficient quantity to form a kind of varnish; rub...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: powdered ink prepared ox-galls Instructions: Ink may be rendered fluid by putting into the inkstand a small quantity, about the size of a pin's head, of prepared ox-galls, which may be purchased at any...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: 6 lbs. potash, $0.75 USD 4 lbs. lard, $0.50 USD 1/4 lb. resin, $0.05 after 5 days, add 10 gallons warm water (presumed to be free) Instructions: Take six pounds of potash, seventy-five cents; four pounds...
(from the Charleston Mercury, Charleston, South Carolina, July 7, 1864) Ingredients: 3 handfulls of peach leaves 3 medium-sized potatoes 2 quarts of water 1 pint flour Instructions: Hops cost two dollars per pound, leaves cost nothing, and peach leaves make better yeast than hops. Thus: Take...
(from The American Practical Cookery-book: Or, Housekeeping Made Easy, by a Practical Housekeeper, 1859) Information: Since the introduction, a few years ago of ARTHUR'S now celebrated "Self-Sealing Fruit Cans and Jars," we have been in possession of a new luxury for the table, and fresh fruit...
A recipe from the Eagle (Brattleboro, VT), April 29 1850
(from The Southern Watchman Newspaper, Athens, Georgia, July 27, 1864) Ingredients: food to roast in the heat of a burning fire such as potatoes, apples or eggs Instructions: A friend has given, the Montgomery Advertiser the following easy mode of roasting potatoes, apples or eggs, which we...
(from The Economical Housekeeper, John Henry Walsh, 1857) Ingredients: 1 oz. carbonate of ammonia 1 oz. carbonate of soda 1 pint of water Instructions: 1089. The following to be used in place of eggs, when scarce for plum pudding or cake: One ounce each of carbonate of ammonia and carbonate...
(from Hand-book for active service; containing practical instructions in campaign duties, by Egbert L. Viele, 1861, Chapter VIII.) Instructions: The arrangements for cooking the rations on a march or in camp, are always more or less annoying to troops. Coming into camp perhaps during a storm...
(from The United States Cook Book: A Complete Manual for Ladies, Housekeepers and Cooks, by William Vollmer, 1856) Ingredients: 1 lemon sugar Instructions: Wipe a good sound lemon in a clean cloth, rub off the yellow part of the peel on sugar; scrape this off with a knife, dry, pound, and...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) (from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1863) (from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1864) (from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1861) Ingredients: white of an egg white tissue paper Instructions: Apply the white of an egg, with a brush, to a single thickness of white tissue paper; with which cover the jars, lapping over an inch or two. It will...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1860) Ingredients: dark room, with no light entering except from one small hole a double convex glass a white screen, or better: a silverized mirror Instructions: The simplest form for constructing this apparatus is to...
(from Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets, by Daniel Young, 1861) Ingredients: 5 quarts milk strippings 2 spoonsful rennet Instructions: Put 5 quarts of strippings, that is, the last of the milking, into a pan, with 2 spoonsful of rennet. When the curd is come, strike it...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, 1863.) Ingredients: 1/2 oz. alum pint of warm water a puncheon of water to be purified Instructions: Dissolve half an ounce of alum in a pint of warm water, and stirring it about in a puncheon...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1862) Information: Its uses are endless: the young leaves blanched make an agreeable and wholesome early salad; and they may be boiled, like cabbages, with salt meat. The French, too, slice the roots and eat them, as well as...
(from the Marshall County Republican, Plymouth, Indiana, November 22, 1860) Instructions: To destroy Rats -- Catch them, one by one, and flatten their head in the lemon squeezer. To kill Cockroaches -- Put them in a barrel and dance. To kill Bed-bugs -- Chain their hind legs to a tree, and...
(from the Civilian & Telegraph, of Cumberland, Maryland, July 18, 1861) Ingredients: Part I 2 lbs. 4 oz. of alum 10 gallons of water Part II 2 lbs. 4 oz. of sugar of lead an additional 10 gallons of water Instructions: Twenty thousands tunics rendered water-proof and yet porous, were served...
(from Confederate Receipt Book. A Compilation of over One Hundred Receipts, Adapted to the Times, published by West & Johnson, 1863) Ingredients: 1 lb. flour 1/4 lb. brown sugar salt 2 gallons water Instructions: Boil one pound of good flour, a quarter of a pound of brown sugar and a little...
Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets A Collection of Above 500 Useful Receipts on a Variety of Subjects. by Daniel Young Printed by Rowsell & Ellis, Toronto, 1861. INTRODUCTION The object of the present work is clearly announced in its title. It is to collect within a small...

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