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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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THE FARM.                                        457
Canned Milk.—St. Louis recipe.—New milk may be canned as easily as fruit, by simply heating it to the boiling point. Pour it into cans and seal up. It is excellent for babies and travelling parties.
Cream, to Rise.—Strain your milk into shallow pans holding 5 quarts, then put into each pan a quart of cold water, then strain into each 3 quarts of the fresh milk, and the cream will rise rap­idly, and in the course of a day or night remove the cream, and the butter made from it will be much sweeter than in the ordinary way, and more of it.
To take Milk from Cream.—Use a syphon and draw off'the milk from beneath the surface of the cream. This mode is very simple. A glass syphon will do.
To Preserve Cream a long Time.—Evaporate the cream as the milk in the foregoing recipe, only reducing it by evaporation to 1-4 its former bulk without adding sugar, then preserve it in bottles as directed for milk. The bottles containing the cream should be boiled 3-4 of an hour.
To Preserve Cream Sweet.—Dissolve 3.4 pound of white sugar in as little water as possible, after which boil it in an enameled kettle or sauce pan and immediately add 3-4 pound of new cream, mixing the whole while hot. Let it cool gradually and pour it into bottles, which must be carefully corked ; keep in a cool place, and it will be good for weeks.
A Substitute for Milk or Cream.—Beat up the whole of a fresh egg in a basin, and then pour boiling tea or coffee over it, stir-* ring gradually to prevent curdling.
Cloth Strainer for Milk—Is greatly superior to those of wire.
Asses' Milk.—So sustaining to consumptives far surpasses in nu­trition any imitation of it that can be made. It should be milked into a glass that is kept warm by being in a basin of hot water. The fixed air that it contains gives some people a pain in the stom­ach. At first a teaspoonful of rum may be taken with it, but should only be put in the moment it is swallowed.
Artificial Asses' Milk.—Boil together a quart of water, the same of new milk, an ounce of white sugar candy, 1-2 ounce of eringo root, 1-2 ounce of conserve of roses till 1-2 wasted. This is astringent, therefore proportion the doses to the effect, and the quantity that will be used while sweeu