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Old-Time Cooking Terms

 

In many old recipes that have been past down from our great-grandmothers,  grandmothers, moms, aunts, etc., terms and measurements have been written in some unusual methods.  Listed below are a few of them that could help you decipher the recipe and end up with an excellent dish as was done so many times when you ate at the kitchen table.

If you have any unusual old terms and/or measurements that you would like to share with us, please forward them and I will put them up on my site.

  • Addled – spoiled or rotten
  • Anker = 10 gallons
  • Bee Sweetin’ – honey
  • Boil to a height – boiling point of candy or crystallizing
  • Butt = 126 gallons
  • Butter Size of an Egg – ¼ cup or 2 oz
  • Butter Size of a Walnut – 2 tbsp
  • Cauled – heated just below boiling point
  • Clinkers – stale biscuits
  • Coffee Spoons, Two – 1 tsp
  • Coffee cupful – 1 cup or 8 oz
  • Coffin – dish or mould in which a pie was baked in
  • Coomb = 4 bushels
  • Cornmeal, 3 cups scant – 1 lb
  • Dash – 1/16 tsp
  • Dessert spoon – 1 ½ tsp
  • Dram – 1/8 oz or 3 scruples
  • Drop – 1/60 tsp
  • Eggs – med eggs
  • Eggs, ten w/o shells – 1 lb eggs
  • Extremely hot oven – 500 degrees F or higher
  • Few grains – less than 1/8 tsp
  • Five-cent jar – 8 – 12 oz jar
  • Firkin = 9 gallons
  • French Vinegar – usually tarragon vinegar
  • Frizzle – cooking an item in butter or fat until it curls or crisps
  • Gem – muffin or cupcake
  • Gill – ½ cup or 4 oz
  • Glassful – ¼ cup or 2 oz
  • Handful – approx 1 oz
  • Hint – a trace
  • Hogshead = 63 gallons
  • Hot closet – warming oven
  • Hot oven – approx 400 – 450 degrees F
  • Indian meal – cornmeal
  • Jar – 3 oz
  • Jigger – 1.5 oz
  • Kitchen spoon – 1 tsp
  • Large rounded scoop in palm of the hand – 1 tbsp
  • Last = 80 bushels
  • Lump – approx 2 tbsp (refers to butter)
  • Moderate oven – approx 350 degrees F
  • Moderate slow oven – approx 325 degrees F
  • Nun’s toast -French toast
  • Pinch – 1/16 tsp
  • Pottle = 2 quarts
  • Potage – soup
  • Pound of eggs – approx 1 doz med eggs
  • Puncheon = 84 gallons
  • Quick oven – approx 375 – 400 degrees F
  • Runlet = 18 gallons
  • Salt spoonful – approx ¼ tsp
  • Saucer – approx 9 oz (heaping cup)
  • Slow oven – approx 300-325 degrees F
  • Small rounded scoop in palm of the hand – 1 tsp
  • Smidgen – 1/32 tsp
  • Tad -1/8 tsp
  • Tea-cupful – a scant ¾ cup (scant, meaning less than)
  • Tumbler – 1 cup or 8 oz
  • Tierce = 42 gallons
  • Try, try out – render fat
  • Very hot oven – approx 450-475 degrees F
  • Very slow oven -below 300 degrees F
  • Wey = 40 bushels
  • Wineglassful – approx ¼ cup or 2 oz
  • 60 pounds apples = 1 bushel
  • 52 pounds beans = 1 bushel
  • 24 pounds beets = 1 bushel
  • 56 pounds carrots = 1 bushel
  • 55 pounds flour = 1 bushel
  • 54 pounds onions = 1 bushel
  • 45 pounds parsnips = 1 bushel
  • 50 pounds potatoes = 1 bushel
  • 60 pounds string beans = 1 bushel
  • 60 pounds sweet potatoes = 1 bushel
  • 48 pounds tomatoes = 1 bushel
  • 196 pounds turnips = 1 barrel

hear tell – to hear about. “I heard tell they were coming home for Christmas

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