Late 1800s Domestic Help

Household Staffing: Servants, Maids, Butlers. Domestic Workers in Homes Large and Small. Wouldn't it be lovely to have an extra pair of hands to help with the drudgery of chores? Shopping, cooking, cleaning, gardening, minding the children... And what about 30 pairs of hands? Today's excerpt comes from The new cyclopædia of domestic economy, and... Continue Reading →

Housekeeping Accounts ~1872

Tips for Household Management in the 1870s. When we think about managing our household budgets to maximize our savings (economy) today, what comes to mind? Certainly buying in bulk, perhaps with coupons or from club stores. Perhaps price checking at the store or even between stores in the weekly circulars that get mailed out. The... Continue Reading →

The Table ~1875

Victorian Table Etiquette. The Silent Educator. No silent educator in the household has higher rank than the table. Surrounded three times a day by the family, who gather from their various callings and duties, eager for refreshment of body and spirit... Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Carrot Soup ~1819... Continue Reading →

Feeling Saucy ~1819

6 Sauce Recipes. No parsley? No problem! Off colored meat? No problem! Vive le saucier! Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. 1819. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cream Peppermints ~1897 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in... Continue Reading →

Cookery for the Poor ~1819

General Remarks and Frugal Hints. I promise a few hints, to enable every family to assist the poor of their neighbourhood at a very trivial expense; and these may be varied or amended at the discretion of the mistress. This excerpt speaks to the value placed on philanthropy and giving in Victorian homes. I've never... Continue Reading →

Management of Cows ~1819

Running a Dairy in the Early 1800s. Every cookbook should have such a thorough section on livestock management. This excerpt opens a window on the practical aspects of owning a cow. It covers all of the details - from cleanliness, to weaning the calf, to hiring a milking maid. Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles... Continue Reading →

Butchery ~1807

Kitchen Knives, etc. Back to the kitchen for today's post! Saw these and thought the illustrations were fascinating, in a macabre kind of way. I'm familiar with larding needles and meat cleavers, but a cutlet bat is a new one. Additional instruments for the home cook: meat saw, chopping boards, basins, and knives. From a... Continue Reading →

How To Set The Luncheon Table ~1899

The Victorian Lunch Table. Love the early photography in this one! The directions for setting the luncheon table will not be familiar. Take a look at the picture itself, then the directions below. You'll notice multiple forks and knives. I really like the little tea kettle set-up in the center of the table. When did... Continue Reading →

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