PATRON + RECIPE WEDNESDAY – Some old kitchen measurements


(Excerpt from The Courtland Enterprise, Courtland, Alabama, February 15, 1894) (continued below)

  • One quart of wheat flour is one pound.
  • One quart of cornmeal weighs 18 ounces.
  • One quart of butter, soft, weighs 14 to 16 ounces.
  • One quart of brown sugar weighs from a pound to a pound and a quarter, according to dampness.
  • One quart of white sugar weighs one pound.
  • Ten medium sized eggs weigh one pound.
  • A tablespoonful of salt is one ounce.
  • Eight tablespoonfuls make a gill.
  • Two gills or 16 tablespoonfuls are half a pint.
  • Sixty drops are one teaspoonful.
  • Four tablespoonfuls are one wineglassful.
  • Twelve tablespoonfuls are on teacupful.
  • Sixteen teaspoonfuls, or half a pint, are one tumblerful.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

This book is a compilation of some of the funny and helpful tips from our past history. Some recipes and tips date back to 1770s. One or two sound a little dangerous and I would never try them myself, but I’ve included then in this book for their humorous and historical value. A few are useful, especially for our ‘green’ society today

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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