Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy
Old Cures and Recipes
My grandmother Sarah Belle Forrest,
gave my mother sugar and kerosene for the croup. add
kerosene to a spoon of sugar. Not recommending that now!
Also she gave her a little dab of Vick's salve to put in
her mouth, not recommending this either, as I tried it as
a child and promptly got sick.
Submitted by Lori
Extract belladonna (pure), three
grains; cinnamon-water, one drachm; distilled water,
seven drachms. Mix, label poison, and give the child for
a dose as many drops as the years of his age
A Simple Remedy
Black or green tea steeped in boiling
water and sweetened with loaf sugar
All at and grease from the kitchen
should be carefully saved, and should be made into soap
before accumulating and becoming offensive.
Boil for six hours ten gallons of lye
made of green wood ashes. Then add eight or ten pounds of
grease, and continue to boil it. If thick or ropy, add
more lye till the grease is absorbed. This is ascertained
by dropping a spoonful in a glass of water, and if grease
remains it will show on the water.
Calf's Head Soup
Tape a large calf's head and boil it
with four gallons water and a little salt; when tender,
bone and chop it fine, keeping out the brains, and put
the meat back in the pot and boil down to a tureenful
1 Tablespoonful mustard
1 Teaspoonful black pepper
1 Teaspoonful powdered cloves
1 Teaspoonful mace
1 Teaspoonful nutmeg
Brown a cup of flour to thicken and
just as the soup is dished, add one cup walnut catsup,
and one cup port or claret wine.
The brains must be beaten up with an
egg, fried in little cakes, and dropped in the tureen.
Recipe For Putting
2 Quarts best common salt
1 Ounce pulverized saltpetre
1 Ounce white sugar
Work the butter over three times, the
last time adding an ounce of the listed mixture to every
pound butter. Of course, the butter is salted, when first
made. Make the butter into rolls and wrap in cloths or
pack in jars, within four inches of the top of each jar.
If the latter is done, fill the jars with brine and tie
up closely. if the former is preferred, drop the rolls
into brine, prepared as follows:
To every gallon brine that will bar an
egg, add one pound white sugar and one half ounce
saltpetre. Boil well and skim. Keep brine closely
you have any old cures or recipes you would like to add,
County Host Betty Brooks