- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
In 1887 a Good Housekeeping reader wrote in with the following recipe:
"The following directions for making an excellent "turkey dressing" may be of service to your readers at the festive season of the year: Take one pint of soaked bread, and season with two teaspoonfuls of salt and Bell's poultry spice to suit the taste (on account of the purity, not more than a tablespoonful to the dressing for an eight-pound turkey), also one tablespoonful of butter, or fat, salt pork cut up very fine. An egg, well worked in, will make the dressing cut up nicely."
—A.M.B. Pittsfield, Mass.
Source: "Dressing for Fowls." Good Housekeeping. December 10, 1887.
This got me curious about Bell's poultry spice.
"In 1867, William G. Bell began America’s oldest seasonings and spice brand in Boston, with a unique combination of herbs and spices that he simply called Bell’s Seasoning. Trading ships from around the globe carried his prized ingredients into Boston Harbor and Bell’s Seasoning soon became a treasured staple of kitchens throughout New England."