Patron Past Stories

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