Period Making Stuff Out Of More Stuff, Era Recipes, Not What's For Dinner


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JPK Huson 1863

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You cooked recipes on stoves like these AND had recipes you whipped up to make it black again after that pancake batter disaster. Recipes- making stuff out of other stuff.

In a day when we didn't just go to the store for nearly every household item, we either did without ( and didn't know we needed things like plastic zip bags, paper napkins and disposable pens ) or made them. The only thing we make with regularity is food and that's fading. Entree, vegetables and congealed pudding all in one frozen compilation? We'll buy that, too.

You couldn't buy this- we're all plugged in now plus whale oil is hard to find. Hopefully.
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The word ' recipe ' was a lot more comprehensive. Ingredients for stuff you make. It's pretty fun ( depending on your idea of fun ) going to LoC's public access newspapers. Refine the search to say, 1861-1865 and enter ' recipe '. We made everything and it's awfully enlightening plus entertaining. And free!


There can be gaps. We used a lot of lead, included arsenic in household matters and ate and applied a lot of mercury. How the human race survived can be a puzzle.

Lead. For blacking the stove where you cooked all your food.
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You could make a kind of glue out of carrots to shiny-up your hair. Hazardous materials specialists hadn't been invented, soft soap and sun were unleashed on mold and mildew. If we knew what soft soap was.
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You're not sure you wish to know.

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OH, I forgot camphor. That's mothballs in 2019.

But sometimes it's a recipe you wish had been for cleaning stoves. Hog brain.

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donna

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They did make a lot. Even later in my Granny's day they did a lot. She made not only food but household cleaners and soap for the bath and a lot of the clothes for her family. She did a lot of canning too and putting up frozen foods.

Annie, As you write if you couldn't make it you just did without.
 

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