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(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: 1/4 lb. common or pearl barley 2 quarts of water liquorice loaf sugar Instructions: Take a quarter of a pound of common or pearl barley, and wash it clean. Put it in a sauce-pan, with two quarts of water, and boil it soft, or...
(from The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-table Directory, by Charlotte Campbell Bury, 1844) Ingredients: 6 lemons 1/2 lb. sugar 1/2 pint white wine 1 quart boiling water 1/2 pint boiling milk Instructions: Pare the rind of three lemons as thin as you can; put them into a jug, with...
(from Dr. Chase's Recipes; Or, Information for Every Body, by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, 1865) Ingredients: Syrup for Nectar... 1 gallon of water 8 lbs. loaf-sugar 8 oz. tartaric acid 1 oz. gum arabic 4 tsp. flour 4 egg whites 1/2 pint of water 3 tbsp. Nectar Syrup 1/2 to 2/3 full glass of water...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: fresh lemon 1 glass of water loaf sugar Instructions: Cut up a fine fresh lemon, and steep it for a short time in a glass of water; then drain off the water, and sweeten it lightly with loaf sugar. It is very cooling and...
(from The New Cyclopaedia of Domestic Economy, and Practical Housekeeper, by Elizabeth Fries Ellet, 1857) Ingredients: 3 lemons 1 pint of water sweetener of your choice Instructions: Lemonade Three lemons to a pint water, makes strong lemonade; sweeten to your taste. This is the best...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: ripe lemons 3 pints water, or 2-1/2 pints water & 1/2 pint of ice loaf sugar Instructions: Take ripe lemons, roll them under your fingers on a table till they appear like they are full of juice; then squeeze the juice into a...
(from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-book, by Catharine Esther Beecher, 1846) Ingredients: cranberries boiling water sugar nutmeg Instructions: Wash ripe cranberries, mash them, pour boiling water on them, and then strain off the water and sweeten it, and grate on nutmeg. Cranberries by...
(from Godey's Ladies Magazine, edited by L.A. Godey, Sarah J. Hale, 1865) Ingredients: 4 lbs. raspberries 1/2 pint vinegar 1 lb. loaf sugar for every lb. of juice Instructions: Take four pounds of raspberries, pour over them half a pint of vinegar, place in an earthen jar, cover it securely...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: 2 to 3 tbsp. peach marmalade, or jelly lemon juice bitter almonds, or peach kernels cold water Instructions: Mix two or three table-spoonfuls of peach marmalade or jelly with a little lemon juice, and a few bitter almonds or...
(from Hand-book for active service; containing practical instructions in campaign duties, by Egbert L. Viele, 1861, Chapter VIII.) Ingredients: 1 lemon 2 tbsp. sugar 1 pint water Instructions: Thinly peel the third part of a lemon, which put into a basin with 2 table-spoonsful of sugar; roll...
(from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book by Catharine Beecher, 1846) Ingredients: 6 lbs. ripe strawberries 2 oz. citric acid 1 qt. spring water about 8 lbs. of sugar Instructions: Take three pounds of ripe strawberries, two ounces of citric acid, and one quart of spring water. Dissolve the...
(from The Kentucky Housewife, by Lettice Bryan, 1839) Ingredients: good vinegar water butter honey ginger Instructions: Take some good vinegar, dilute it to the strength you like it with water, season it highly with butter, honey and ginger, and boil it for a few minutes in a covered...
(from Six Hundred Miscellaneous Valuable Receipts Worth Their Weight in Gold, by John Marquart, 1860) Ingredients: fresh ripe pineapples powdered white sugar 1/2 gallon of boiling water for each pineapple ice Instructions: Pare some fresh, ripe pineapples and cut them into thin slices; then...
(from How to Do it: Or, Directions for Knowing and Doing Everything Needful, published by John H. Tingley, 1864) Ingredients: ripe pineapples powdered white sugar half a pint of boiling water to each pineapple ice Instructions: This is a delightfully refreshing drink in warm weather, and is...

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