Wednesday, August 27, 2008


As promised, here are more of the old-time tips found in the back of an old cookbook.

1. When baking a milk pudding, place the dish in a pan of water in the oven. This prevents the pudding from burning or boiling over.

2. A well-beaten white of egg added to mashed potatoes will add to the looks and taste of the dish.

3. When bread is baking, a small dish of water in the oven will help to keep the crust from getting too hard.

4. To draw out the salt from salted fish, add a glass of vinegar to the water in which the fish is soaking.

5. Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to cranberries while cooking and they will not require much sugar.

6. To keep milk or cream from souring in hot weather, stir in a small quantity of bicarbonatge of soda.

7. All seasonings should be added gradually to soup, or the flavor may be too strong.

8. A little finely grated cheese added to thin soup improves the taste immensely.

9. If parsley is washed with hot water, instead of cold, it retains its flavor and is easier to chop.

10. To prevent the odor of boiling ham or cabbage permeating the house, add a little vinegar to the water in which they are boiled.

There you have it, folks. Ten more tips for everyday use. I especially like #6. But I'm sure that was very important to folks many years ago. Anyway, it is fun to share these tips with you.

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