By Editors of Yankee Magazine

Wonder what Grandma may have used to wash greasy kitchen partitions? remedy a sore throat? triumph over insect pests in her vegetable backyard? ask yourself no longer!

Whatever your grandma did to mend and retain issues round the apartment and backyard, it most likely labored. That’s as the previous methods are usually the simplest methods in terms of recommendations for daily difficulties, principles for saving time, and convenient suggestion for buying the task performed. And that’s the place 1,001 Old-Time loved ones Hints is available in. locate the easiest tricks, suggestions, and secrets and techniques for every thing from cooking, cleansing, and residential upkeep to puppy care, gardening, and vacation celebrations. You’ll additionally locate how you can adapt and increase a few old-time tools. observe an grand number of priceless and shrewdpermanent rules, together with the best way to:

• fresh copper pans, utilizing buttermilk and salt
• Make actual sourdough bread the way in which the pioneers did
• struggle wrinkles and create kissable lips
• Use ordinary parts to fix your hair
• Create your personal specified fragrance
• arrange universal house in your house
• Use ivory cleaning soap for sprucing silver and bug keep watch over
• accurately separate consuming glasses which have been caught jointly
• And extra!

With 1,001 Old-Time family Hints in your kitchen desk or nightstand, you’re constantly within the solid corporation of an old-timer who’s able to dispense a beneficial trace, encouraging note, or sage mystery on the flip of a web page. 310 colour photos

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If the underside is yellow and the rind has an overall healthy sheen, the watermelon is probably ripe. ” OLD-TIME ODDITIES Get a Handle on a Watermelon “WE FEEL very sure that when a thing is VV needed, it will be supplied by some inventor,” wrote The American Agriculturist in 1878. A case in point: the watermelon handle. “No one article in the market is more unmanageable than a watermelon,” the journal explained. The solution was a bass-wood handle, two lengths of twine, and two wooden “beckets” (rings) to adjust the twine for different sizes of melons.

There are also foods to avoid cooking in an unlined copper pot—anything acidic involving tomatoes, citrus, vinegar, and the like. When these ingredients make contact with unlined copper, salts are formed that can contaminate the food and make diners ill. If you do have an unlined copper bowl or saucepan, pull it out when you want to whip egg whites, cook polenta, or caramelize sugar. “When the whites react with the copper, it makes them fluffier and they stay more stable,” says Sarah. Polenta reacts to unlined copper by becoming creamier, and sugar cooked to the caramel stage is less likely to recrystallize.

Part two, A Personal and Pet Care Compendium, focuses on remedies for common ailments, staying healthy, beauty and grooming, fashion and etiquette, and pet care. Part three, An Old-Time Gardener’s Guide, rounds out the book with advice on vegetable gardening, flower gardening, and indoor gardening. As you browse through this book, you’ll come across an eclectic variety of useful, ingenious ideas and projects: how to use sand and ketchup as cleaning helpers; how to turn a plain modern lampshade into a lovely Victorian-style beaded lampshade; how to make real sourdough bread the way the pioneers did; how 19th-century women got age spots to fade without fancy cosmetic products; and how to keep a single houseplant thriving for up to 75 years.

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