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HONEY.                                           329
be as readily undone or overdone, as a beefsteak or an oyster stew. I will suppose you use Tingiey's freezer, which I find superior to any other. Pour the cream into the freezing can, put in the dasher, cover and fasten, then break up your ice with a wooden mallet, in any heavy, coarse cloth, old coffee sack or the like, to the size of a walnut, and pack firmly around the can, adding coarsly ground salt, until the tub is entirely full. A 4 quart can requires 25 pounds of ice and 1 quart of salt. Cover and fasten the tub, and freeze according to the directions accompanying each freezer, observing the more slowly the work is done, the firmer and smoother will be the product. If a large bulk of light, snowy cream is desired, turn the dasher as rapidly as possible ; what is gained in volume, is lost in quality. If beaten rapidly at first, or if beaten at all. before the cream is entirely chilled, small grains of butter will appear diffused through the mass. When the freezing is completed, open the can, remove the dasher, pack the cream firmly down, replace the cover, drain off the water, fill the tub with salt and ice in the proportions given, cover with a woolen blanket, and let it stand several hours to harden, or ripen.
Honev Liquorice (Hamb Ph.)—Honey and a strong infusion of liquorice boiled to a proper consistency. Excellent for a cold or cough.
Honey of Borax.—Powdered broax 1 drachm, clarified honey 1 oz. ; mix. Astringent, detersive and cooling, it is employed in sore mouth and excessive salvation.
Grape Honey.—Formerly-used by Arabians and Persians, and is still prepared in many portions of Syria and Palistine, by boiling the must down to 1-3 and sometimes only to 1-2. In this way grape jelly is found. According to Pliny the proper season for boiling is the autumnal Equinox, in the night when there is no moon, or if it is full moon in the day time. In Palestine and many parts of Syria* especially in the neighborhood of Hebron, it is exported in great quantities to Egypt.
Note—When diluted with a little water it is frequently used in­stead of sugar, or a substitute for butter, and is sometimes applied to heal wounds.
Observations—Why cannot the grapes be so used in Califor­nia?
Artificial Honey.—Soft water 6 pounds; best pure honey 3 pounds; white moist sugar 20 pounds ; cream of tartar 80 grains ; essence of roses 20 drops; mix the above in a brass kettle, boil over a charcoal fire for 5 minutes, take it off, add the whites of a