Home Life In Colonial Days by Alice Morse EarleHome Life In Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle

Home Life In Colonial Days

byAlice Morse Earle

Paperback | August 23, 2012

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Excerpt: ...picking geese, etc., and of many visits to her friends. She dipped candles in the spring, and made soap in the autumn. This latter was a trying and burdensome domestic duty, but the soft soap was important for home use. 254 All the refuse grease from cooking, butchering, etc., was stored through the winter, as well as wood-ashes from the great fireplaces. The first operation was to make the lye, to "set the leach." Many families owned a strongly made leach-barrel; others made a sort of barrel from a section of the bark of the white birch. This barrel was placed on bricks or set at a slight angle on a circular groove in a wood or stone base; then filled with ashes; water was poured in till the lye trickled or leached out through an outlet cut in the groove, into a small wooden tub or bucket. The water and ashes were frequently replenished as they wasted, and the lye accumulated in a large tub or kettle. If the lye was not strong enough, it was poured over fresh ashes. An old-time receipt says:
Title:Home Life In Colonial DaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:August 23, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1153771799

ISBN - 13:9781153771795

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