Household hints from the past:
“A delicious whipped cream substitute is easily made by adding a sliced banana to the whites of one beaten egg and beating until stiff. The banana will completely dissolve.”
“Place pieces of white bread in refrigerator to absorb odors.”
“You should not pile together leftover potatoes, as they sour quickly.”
Some Unusual Measures and Weights from 1880’s cookbook
4 teaspoonfuls equal 1 tablespoonful liquid
2 Tablespoonfuls equal 1 wine-glass, or half a gill
2 Wine-glasses equal one gill or half a cup
2 Gills equal 1 coffee cupful, or 16 tablespoonfuls.
3 Coffee cupfuls equal 1 pint.
An ordinary tumblerful equal 1 coffee cupful, or half a pint.
About 25 drops of any thin liquid will fill a common sized teaspoon
More interesting and sometimes humorous solutions and old recipes can be found in the book