Vintage Household Hints from 1909 to Use Today
Household Tips from 1909
I collect old books of household advice and manners. Sometimes the vintage advice seems quaint and outdated, but often the methods are still useful today, 100 years later.
The tips I'll share here come from a slim red pamphlet called Facts Every Housekeeper Should Know. It was published in Detroit, Michigan by the Pohl Printing Company in 1909.
The graphic is a card available from Zazzle: Doing Dishes by lostlit. It shows a housewife washing dishes in her kitchen in the early 1900s.
Food Tips from 1909
- Sprinkle the top of a cake with flour as soon as it is turned from the pan. Wipe most of the flour off before icing. The icing will spread more easily and will not be likely to run.
- Pumpkins should be kept in a dry part of the cellar, apples in a moderately dry part; turnips should be kept in a damp part of the cellar.
- When making pastry, roll in one direction only if you want it to be light. Rolling first in one direction and then in another is almost sure to make it tough.
- In making sponge cake, if you desire it to be yellow, use cold water; hot water makes it much whiter.
- Add a piece of baking soda the size of a pea when cooking gooseberries. Used with a quart of the tart fruit, it will materially reduce the amount of sugar required to sweeten.
Make a Vintage Apron with This Pattern
I remember reading Anne of Green Gables. The farm women wore long aprons like these. With this pattern, you can make your own apron just like your grandmother or great grandmother would have worn in that era.
Cleaning Tip from 1909
To clean bottles, break egg shells In small pieces, Put the small pieces of egg shell and some clear water in the bottles. Cover the opening and shake the bottle repeatedly.
It the bottles are extremely dirty, add a small quantity of baking soda.
(from the 1909 Chicago Tribune Household Hints Column)
Food Tips from 1909
Granite Ware Canning Kit - 12 Pieces
My folks used their granite ware canning kettles for years as they canned the vegetables from their garden. Seeing this brings back memories of their pantry filled with foods preserved by them.
Now We Use the Granite Ware Pot to Steam Lobster
My Parents' Cast Iron Skillets Hung on the Wall in Their Kitchen
Cooking with Cast Iron - Just like in 1909
You can't use a cast iron skillet on a glass top cook stove but if you have gas or electric burners they are fine.
We even got one of these to use on our BBQ grill. It's great when we cook fish like salmon. Cast iron is great for baking too. You can get cast iron forms for baking cornbread.
An important tip for cleaning your cast iron skillets and other cookware. It needs to be seasoned before the first use. When washing these, dry them immediately and thoroughly to prevent rust.
Recipes from 1909
You Can Get These from Amazon
How nice, they've already pre-seasoned this skillet for you. You can get the frying pans in all sizes from very small ones, to use when you just want to cook a single egg, up to large ones for when you're cooking for a crowd.
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(CAUTION: this tip is intended for a vintage black cook stove, not for a modern enamel stove.)
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Dish Washing Tips
Use a little ammonia in the dish water when washing glassware. It will make it sparkle like cut glass.
When a tea or coffee pot becomes stained inside, fill with cold water, add a teaspoonful of soda. Boil it for three-quarters of an hour, the inside will become as bright and clean as new.
Keep Mice or Moths out of Clothes
Sprinkle some black pepper in the bottom of dresser drawers and then place newspaper over that. The clothes are protected from mice and moths this way. (March 14, 1909 - Chicago Tribune "Practical Housekeeper's Own Page")
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