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Old time cooking terms
« on: December 07, 2009, 06:45:53 PM »
If you have ever read any old time cook books you will often come across terms you don't see often today.  I have a note book full of them I have found the meanings for over the years.  I scanned them before something happens to them so I played with them to get them as easy to read as I could.  I will get them posted, perhaps they may make an old family recipe useable for you.  I get a lot of question about old family recipes someone has and don't really understand everything in it.

Cooking temps were seldom shown in degrees but like this:



Many items will say "bake till done" so a couple of guides on guide on that:





This should help clear up some of the myusteries of times and temps.
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Re: Old time cooking terms
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 08:05:56 PM »
Some old terms of volume measure:



A gill cup is also the same as a demi-tasse cup or an espresso cup.

Also we see some different type spoons such as a salt spoon.  How you fill the spoon also affects the recipe and the level spponful was not always used.

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Always get the water for the coffee upstream from the herd.

Ab Ovo Usque ad Mala

The time has passed so quick, the years all run together now.

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Re: Old time cooking terms
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 08:27:39 PM »
Sometimes weights are used instead of volume:





Can sizes are often given with a number:

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Re: Old time cooking terms
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009, 05:36:25 PM »
A bit here on doughs and batters, a few more terms you may see:



Flour and meal weights will vary compared to volume:



Some guides on leavening:

Mongrel Historian


Always get the water for the coffee upstream from the herd.

Ab Ovo Usque ad Mala

The time has passed so quick, the years all run together now.

 

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