Household recipes

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 23:00

This week, we present you with some antique household recipes from Velma Devers as printed in ‘Something Special Alaska Style’ produced by Chugiak Elementary PTA in the 1950s.


Protection against burglars

There is no safer protection against burglars than to feed your baby, before going to bed, with GREEN apples. It will begin bellowing before midnight, and it is a sure thing that you cannot stop it before morning!


If you are late getting dinner started, put a pan of water on the stove to boil, dab vanilla behind your ears, greet your husband with a kiss (and a sniff) and say dinner will be awhile yet and offer coffee or tea. Hubby won’t be disappointed because he’ll think supper is started with the water boiling.


For floors

1 quart linseed oil

1 pint kerosene

½ pint turpentine

1 cake paraffin wax

Heat and put on floor as near boiling hot as possible. Rub dry or until it shines. Easy to keep dusted with dust mop. Really works on board floors.


Cold soap

4 ½ pints melted grease

1 can concentrated lye

5 ½ pints cold soft water

2 tablespoons borax

Place in wooden, granite or iron vessel. Add borax then melted grease. Add lye SLOWLY and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens and the path of the spoon is clearly defined.

Have ready a tight wooden or pasteboard box and just before turning out, add a handful of salt to insure hardening, and two tablespoons of ammonia.

Perfume may be added if desired. Let stand several hours until set, and cut into bars. Store in dry place with space between to allow air to circulate.

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