Helpful Hints/Miscellaneous


Dissolve 2 pounds of alum in a bucket of water, stir up water in cistern until it is all in motion and pour in bucket of alum water. Then dissolve 1 pound of soda ash in a bucket of water and pour in cistern while water is in motion. This will clear water so it will be clear as well water.

Mrs. Sam Hulme
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951


Put 1 diced apple, 1/2 lemon juice, 1 c. of sugar, 1 egg white, in a bowl, beat first at low speed, and then at high speed until thickness desired.

Mrs. Herb Abrisz
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951


Pour sauce around fish or pudding and not over them.

A teaspoonful of vinegar in a kettle of hot lard will prevent doughnuts from absorbing fat.

1 teaspoonful of sweet cream in frosting prevents crumbling when cut.

A time saver for escalloped dishes: Heat liquid to boiling point before pouring over the escalloped dish.

Pumpkin and custard pies are better if the crust is baked a little before putting in the filling.

When boiling liquids, grease the top of kettle with a little butter, and the liquid will not boil over so easily.

Mrs. Pearl Allender
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951


4 T. of salt
4 T. of cornstarch or flour
Hot water (takes very little) to make a stiff dough. Cool. Work in hands until the right consistency. Crepe paper cut into fine strips helps hold clay together and gives it color.

Mrs. Guy Eubank
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951


Into a 1/2 gal. jar place 1/2 c. commercial bleach, 1/2 c. vinegar. Fill jar with cold water. Dip spots into bleach and rub. Rinse in clear water and put in machine and wash.

Mrs. Guy Eubank and Mrs. Herb Abrisz
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951


To each five pounds of lukewarm grease (100°) use one small can of lye, one quart of cold water, 1/2 cup of hot water, three T. of borax, 1/4 cup of household ammonia, and two T. of sugar. For large can of lye (Lewis lye) use six pounds grease and 2 1/2 pints of cold water.

Mix lye and cold water. Let stand until cool (70°) stirring occasionally. Mix hot water with borax, let cool and add ammonia and sugar. Pour lye into fat, stirring continually with wooden spoon or stick. Add other mixture. Stir until light and thick. Cut before it gets too hard. This soap is mild enough for toilet soap and may be used for washing silks and woolens. Be sure that temperature of lye is always cooler than grease.

Mrs. Sam Hulme
Finley Chapel Centennial Cook Book, 1851-1951

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