RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Unusual Weights and Measures from 1880s and today’s equivalents & other tips

RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Unusual Weights and Measures from 1880s and today’s equivalents & other tips

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  

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

See all books by Donna R. Causey

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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