and I thought this was only good to clean oily driveways :)
Check out "unfermented bread" from November 1879.
Nope, also good for removing heavy lime deposits from fishtank heaters, water stills, and toilet bowls. They must have a drafty kitchen. I always hold my breath when I squirt that stuff on things.
thank you, MangoChutney :)
I've lost myself in the midst of all the recipes. Thanks!
another great download is the 1887 White House Cookbook at www.gutenberg.org
Happy baking and cooking :)
You may both enjoy this link. Select the date of publication on the right-hand side of the screen.
thank you, Mango :)
If you're a fanatic of 'old printed stuff' you could check out Lee Valley Tools—they do reprints of old wood-working, sailing, children's and household crafts. I bought the volume "Lee's Priceless Recipes", first published 1895.
Reading these formulae makes me realize how "dumb" we're getting. Back in the day, not just the local 'druggist', but even school-kids, farmers and home-makers were all "chemists" of a sort! It's a bit hard to find "Ferrocyanide of Potassium", "Hydrochloric (Muriatic) Acid" or "Tincture of Opium" anywhere these days, but they used to be normal items to keep around the home, the office or the dairy...fun reading! Thanks for posting the link to the White House Cookbook.
thank you, copyu :)
Lowe's carries muriatic (hydrochloric) acid. Potassium ferrocyanide is listed for sale on Amazon, somewhat to my surprise. Tincture of Opium, aka laudanum, isn't obtainable anymore without a prescription. I'll not comment on the dumbing down of the American people except to remind everyone that in 1994 a woman succeeded in legally forcing McDonald's to pay her damages because the hot coffee she spilled in her lap injured her. Well, duh.
A very simple soda bread using the acid as the, well, acid in the recipe. The recipe calls for only one tablespoon, so I don't think there's much to worry about. Be sure to add the acid to the water and not vice versa.
chemistry was not my strong subject :)
Oh, I'm sorry Anna. I thought you understood that it was replacing vinegar as the acid in that recipe, or I would have explained. In that case, I will explain that it doesn't actually clean oil from driveways. It etches the concrete, which is kind of like artificial limestone, into a rougher surface so that paint will stick better. I thought you were just being casual with the statement. *smile*
that all I need to do is use the pool water when baking, things could have been so much different :-)
If you are referring to chlorination, that is not done with hydrochloric acid. Chlorine bleach is most commonly sodium hypochlorite, which is not acidic. If you've actually been acidifying your swimming pool with hydrochloric acid, ignore me and carry on. *smile*
Anna, Mango and Copyu, the additional links are keeping me busy. ;)
Thanks so much!