Universal Recipe Book: Containing Recipes Valuable to Every Tradesman, Artist, Merchant, and Lady : Also Many New and Highly Valuable Recipes Never Before Published, Some of which Have Been Sold as High as One Thousand Dollars and Upwards

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Geo. B. Oakes, 1869 - Formulas, recipes, etc - 292 pages

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Page 121 - They strip a ring of bark, about an inch in width, from a bearing branch, surround the place with a ball of fat earth, or loam, bound fast to the branch with a piece of matting : over this they suspend a pot or horn, with water, having a small hole in the bottom just sufficient to let the water drop, in order to keep the earth constantly moist. The branch throws new roots into the earth just above the place where the ring of bark was stripped off.
Page 127 - To prune Vines to Advantage. — In pruning vines, leave some new branches every year, and take away (if too many) some of the old, which will be of great advantage to the tree, and much increase the quantity of fruit. When you trim your vine, leave two knots, and cut them off the next time ; for, usually, the two buds yield a bunch of grapes. Vines, thus pruned, have been known to bear abundantly, whereas others that have been cut close to please the eye, have been almost barren of fruit.
Page 33 - When the greasy substance is entirely removed, recourse may be had to the following method to restore the paper to its former whiteness, which is not completely restored by the first process. Dip another brush in highly rectified...
Page 6 - Upon this, place a layer of grapes well cleaned, and gathered in the afternoon of a dry day, before they are perfectly ripe, Proceed thus with alternate layers of bran and grapes, till the barrel is full, taking care that the grapes do not touch each other, and to let the last layer be of bran ; then close the barrel, so that the air may not be able to penetrate, .which is an essential point.
Page 54 - A better method seems to be, to have a wooden vessel lined with lead, three or four feet wide at top, but tapering so as to end in a small orifice at the bottom. The under part of the vessel is to be filled with very rough sand, or gravel, well freed from earth by washing ; over this pretty fine sand may be laid, to the depth of twelve or fourteen inches, but which must likewise be well freed from earthy particles. The vessel may then be filled up to the top with water, pouring it gently at first,...
Page 159 - In ten or twelve hours afterwards, if the weather be warm, the earth will swell up and burst, and flames will issue out, which will enlarge the aperture, scattering around a yellow and blackish dust. It is not impossible, that what is here seen in miniature, takes place on a grand scale in volcanoes ; as it is well known that they always furnish abundance of sulphur, and also metallic substances To produce Artificial Lightning.
Page 52 - Warm Water, Warm water is preferable to cold water, as a drink, for persons who are subject to dyspeptic and bilious complaints, and it may be taken more freely than cold water, and consequently answers better as a diluent for carrying off bile, and removing obstructions in the urinary secretion in cases of stone and gravel. When water, of a temperature equal to that of the human body, is used for drink, it proves conti Jer.
Page 23 - ... them in a sieve. The feathers should be afterwards well washed in clean water, and dried upon nets, the meshes of which may be about the fineness of cabbage-nets. The feathers must be from time to time shaken on the nets, and as they dry will fall through the meshes, and are to be collected for use.
Page 36 - Fullers'-earth, or tobacco-pipe clay, being put wet on an oil spot, absorbs the oil as the water evaporates, and leaves the vegetable or animal fibres of cloth clean, on being beaten or brushed out. When the spot is occasioned by tallow or wax, it is necessary to heat the part cautiously by an iron or the fire, while the cloth is drying. In some kinds of goods, blotting paper, bran, or raw starch, may be used with Advantage.
Page 34 - ... then work and knead the whole carefully together, till it acquires the consistence of a thick elastic paste ; form it into convenient small balls, and expose them to the heat of the sun, in which they ought to be completely dried.

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