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Old 09-10-2018, 05:27 PM
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Default Odd Measurements.....

Odd Measurements in cooking.......

This deserves a bit of attention I think.
Sweetie is into books.. My interest is in steam rail history and cook books and more.

One of our favorites are cook books. Mostly cookbooks you would call "church lady" cook books, and grade school, middle school, and other fund raiser type cook books. We like these kinds of books as they are very "down to earth", everyday cooking, using what is in season, not exotic ingredient or fancy cooking.

Couple that with a bit of early 1900s and old world foreign recipes you run into unusual measurements. Metric and common measurements can be hard enough at times to convert. Add to that other units of measure and it is tough to convert a recipe sometimes.

Unusual measurements, for instance.

A "salt spoon" is equal to about 1/4 teaspoon.
Some old recipes will use a "tea cup" for measurement. About 8 oz.

One old cook book we found was from the Robin Hood Flour. Robin Hood flour was a brand name founded in 1900 by a milling company with mills in northern Minnesota and Ontario. It's main sales focus yet today is flour as a commercial ingredient and food service ingredients.

The cook book we had was
Robin Hood Cookbook
(classic Canadian Cookbook series)
by Elizabeth Driver

Another interesting cook book we found, near as we can tell, was a cook book publish by and for Amish communities. The recipes were proportioned for family size meals as apposed to community size meals.

A couple old cookbooks we have are from war times, both 1917 and the 1940s both US and British.

One unique ingredient in the book was the reference to "baking ammonia"
A quick Wikipedia definition of that is this ingredient turns out to be a soda product that eventually was replaced in baking by either baking powder or baking soda.

And just to clarify..... For instance. Everyone cooks with a "pinch" of something. Well there are dedicated measuring spoons for a smidgen, pinch, dash, and tad... That is smallest to largest.

Anyone else with unusual ingredients or measures ??
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