Questions tagged [vintage-cooking]

Questions about making dishes from older cookbooks, or using antiquated cooking techniques or equipment. Primarily refers to dishes and techniques of the last 150 years, as opposed to the History and Food History tags which can explore much earlier periods.

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What was “Old Fashioned Brown Sugar” in 1910?

The Franklin Golden Syrup Recipes cookbook (ca. 1910 according to Michigan State University’s Little Cookbooks collection) has a recipe for Fruit Cake and a recipe for Franklin Peanut Bars that call ...
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What is Baker’s Cookie Coconut?

The Joys of Jell-O, on page 73, has a recipe for Marzipan that calls for “1 package (7 oz.) Baker’s Cookie Coconut”. This product doesn’t appear to exist anymore. It appears to be something different ...
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Boil candy for 1-½ hours to soft ball stage?

I’ve recently run across a recipe in a vintage cookbook (probably the fifties, as the phone numbers in it are exchange numbers) for “Two-Hour Candy”: Two-Hour Candy 7 c. sugar 1 cube butter 1 lg. ...
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What is a “small cup” in Australia and/or old recipes?

In older or Australian recipes, is “small cup” a specific (if not quite standardized) measurement? If so, what, approximately, is that measurement? I’m going to be making a recipe from an Australian ...
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What is a refrigerator tray in older recipes?

Many older cookbooks call for filling a “refrigerator tray”. For example, in the 1960 Better Homes and Gardens Dessert Cook Book the recipe for “Banana Ice Cream” says to “Pour into refrigerator trays....
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What is a stem pan?

I have a vintage cookbook, from Charlotte, North Carolina and about 1958, that has a recipe for “Different Applesauce Cake”. It says to “Cook in stem pan approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes”. Searches ...
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'Sweet milk' substitute in an old recipe

I have an old pancake recipe (circa 1930) that I would like to try. However it includes as an ingredient "sweet milk." Having never seen such a thing in stores. I'm trying to find the best ...
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