Practical economy: or The application of modern discoveries to the purposes of domestic life

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H. Colburn & co., 1822 - 379 pages
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Page 192 - Boil one pound of good flour, a quarter of a pound of brown sugar, and a little salt, in two gallons of water, for one hour. When milk-warm, bottle it, and cork it close. It will be fit for use in twenty-four hours.- One pint of this yeast will make eighteen pounds of bread.
Page 219 - Place inside of it a wooden tub, shaped like a churn, resting it upon two pieces of wood, which are to raise it from touching the bottom. Fill the space round the inner tub with pounded charcoal ; and fit to the tub a cover, with a convenient handle, having inside one or two small hooks, on which are to be hung the bottles, during the operation.
Page 61 - Morcy, of New Hampshire. It is a rough blow-pipe; but is applicable in many cases in place of a furnace. Tar is intimately mixed with steam, and made to issue from a small jet, in the manner of an eolipile, and the stream of matter being ignited, produces a flame of great size and intensity. It appears that the water is partly decomposed towards the middle of the jet, and that the heat is thus increased, by increasing the quantity of active agents. But whatever the exact effect, the water is found...
Page 138 - If to preserve health be to save medical expenses, without even reckoning upon time and comfort, there is no part of the household arrangement so important to the domestic economist as cheap convenience for personal ablution. For this purpose baths upon a large and expensive scale are by no means necessary ; but though temporary or tin baths may be extremely useful upon pressing occasions, it will be found to be finally...
Page 93 - If tea be infused in hard and in soft water, the latter will always yield the greatest quantity of the tanning matter, and will strike the deepest black with the sulphate of iron in solution ; consequently, according to the technical term, it will always be found
Page 145 - ... over a gentle heat ; when well united, the mixture may be put into a phial and kept well stopped. When wanted for use, the bottle must be set in warm water, when the china or glass articles must be also warmed and the cement applied. It will be proper that the broken surfaces, when carefully...
Page 90 - Water of every kind, except rain water, will speedily cover the insido of a tea-kettle with an unpleasant crust ; this may easily be guarded against by placing a clean oyster-shell in the tea-kettle, which will always keep it in good order, by attracting the particles of earth or of stone.
Page 124 - Should the rain or snow be likely to be accompanied with wind, it darts about with amazing celerity, and seldom ceases until it begins to blow hard. If a storm of thunder and lightning...
Page 295 - Mercury mentions, that where lime is laid on the ground in small heaps, at a distance from water, it should slightly be covered with mould, and when rain comes, it will be reduced to as fine a powder as if water were immediately applied. Whereas, when it lies long in the small heaps, exposed to the sun and air, it tumbles down into gross particles, and does not incorporate with the soil, nor have the same effect in the decomposition of decayed...
Page 188 - Excellent Paste for fruit or meat pies may be made with twothirds of wheat flour, one-third of the flour of boiled potatoes, and some butter or dripping ; the whole being brought to a proper consistence with warm water, and a small quantity of yeast added when lightness is desired. This will also make very pleasant cakes for breakfast, and may be made with or without spices, fruits, &c.

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