Cinnamon Toast & Canning Orgies ~1917

An Afternoon with Bettina

Back to Bettina! Our newlywed whose cookbook is organized through a (seemingly) innocent narrative to help instruct in the art of cookery, from A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband. As you can imagine, the title has made it a best seller over the past 100 years.

Check out this delightful excerpt from Bettina. 


What strikes me as interesting is the focus on using the food resources available and planning for the future – it really gets into the idea of domestic economy, which would have been an important social issue given the war. Not long after this book was published, the country started rationing.

Is anyone planning on canning this summer? … Inspired by Bettina.

I haven’t canned in almost 3 years, but keep thinking about it whenever I’m at the farmers market.

This set of recipes brings back good memories. Grew up with cinnamon toast, haven’t made it for years. My grandmother used to make orange marmalade sealed with paraffin. Yup. Some memories here…


The menu:


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Interesting that she uses stale bread for this recipe.



Oh, this sounds so much more satisfying than a granola bar or a handful of M&Ms in the afternoon.

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6 thoughts on “Cinnamon Toast & Canning Orgies ~1917

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  1. I wonder what they used to weigh things in the kitchen? It seems like a kitchen scale would be an extravagance for the times since it would be used so rarely, no?

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    1. Same experience here – I decided to make the cinnamon toast as described above yesterday for breakfast. Laid out in the tray in the oven, nicely buttered and then with the cinnamon. Three observations with this method:

      1. The whole house smells wonderfully of cinnamon on a lazy weekend morning.
      2. You can make a ton of toast all at the same time – great for larger crowds.
      3. All of the toast was gone in about 3 nanoseconds – Whoa!

      Here’s to oven toast!

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  2. Yes I can year around. I also make jams. I bought a Carey pressure cooker that does small batches of pints or wide mouth quarts. It holds only 5 jars. I bought it for me for Christmas. I made 3 pints of chicken broth yesterday. I am getting ready to can a dish pan full of tomatoes that was given to me Friday at the food bank. I don’t know how many pints I will get. The Carey also works like a instapot.

    You might find this interesting. Many times the newspapers would use a conversational style on the Women’s page. There would be a group of women that would get together and talk about a subject before the recipe or directions in making something was given. Sometimes they would run a whole series like quilt blocks over a period of time. Of coarse the women who was in the story line was fiction but it sold papers. Women enjoyed reading and following the characters like a soap opera. This lasted through the depression until WWII.


  3. Canning is wonderful! I keep telling myself that I’m going to pick up an extra flat of strawberries to make jam for Christmas gifts. The farmers market is on Monday, though, and I always feel so run down by the end of the day that I realistically know I’m not going to get to it. I haven’t done any soups/broths – just jams and spiced apples and chutney.

    Thanks for the information about the women’s pages – I’ve seen these quite a bit. There’s a whole conversation going on! It’s fascinating. When I look at the newspapers from 100 years ago, I often think that our news has lost some of the more interesting bits that would increase readership. I suppose that your local events paper cover some of these, but there’s definitely a different style…. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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