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The Homemaker’s Guide To Cooking Fish (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

FRESH fish should frequently be substituted for meat. For those who live in seaboard towns there is no trouble in obtaining a variety. Every inland place has its own peculiar species, which should have precedence over other kinds; for the first thing to be taken into account is freshness. Fish brought from a distance deteriorates with the handling it receives and the time it is out of the water.

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How To Make Good Soups (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Delicious soup recipes from the 1800s

A Good Plain Stock.

  • 7 quarts of cold water.
  • A shin of beef weighing ten pounds.
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of butter.
  • 1 generous tablespoonful of salt.
  • A piece of cinnamon two inches long.
  • 1 teaspoonful of pepper-corns.
  • A tiny bit of mace.6 whole cloves.
  • 1/2 pint of minced onion.
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of minced carrot.
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of minced celery.
  • A bouquet of sweet herbs.
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How A Homemaker Cares For Food (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

How homemakers can stop food waste with vintage tips

One may buy food with good judgment, and yet fail to be an economical provider because she does not take proper care of it. Perfect cleanliness is essential for the best preservation of food. The cellar, pantries, storerooms, refrigerators, and all the receptacles in which food is kept, should be frequently inspected and thoroughly cleaned.

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Laundry In The 1800s (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Mom and daughter doing laundry

On washing day arrange the white clothes in this manner: Half fill two tubs with warm suds. Put in one tub the pieces soiled the most; put the remainder of the articles in the second tub. Have a third tub half full of warm water and the wash boiler half full of cold water.

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Some Things For Homemakers To Learn Early (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Advice for young housewives

Proper Management of Fires.

ONE of the first things a young housekeeper must master is the science of managing fires. Now, a coal fire is like some people: it will stand a certain amount of nagging, pressure, and neglect, but it will make you suffer in some way for all your abuse. On the other hand, with uniformly fair treatment, it will repay a hundred-fold in comfort.

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Division Of The Household Work (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Vintage homemaking schedule from the 1800s

It is a perplexing task for young housekeepers to divide properly the weekly work of the household. Even when I start to write on the subject, many difficulties present themselves, as no two houses are conducted on exactly the same plan.

What would be the right thing for one home would be entirely impracticable in another. The woman who does her own work, or keeps but one servant, must, of course, plan her work quite differently from the woman who keeps two or more servants.

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About Furnishing The House (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

Vintage homemaker's home decor guide

In these days of lavish ornamentation and bric-à-brac, the young housekeeper must be on guard against filling her house with such furnishings as would make it stuffy and cause it to lack individuality. The home should be an index to the character of the family.

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A Word With The Young Housewife (Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper)

A vintage guide to homemaking for young women blog header

Miss Parloa’s Young Housekeeper was first published in 1893 and was an essential guide for any young wife learning how to cook, clean, and look after her home. Maria Parloa was a lecturer and expert on domestic science or home economics.

In fact, Parloa could arguably be called America’s first celebrity cook!

The text below, while vintage, is still useful for the modern homemaker. I’ve done as few edits as I could manage, but I still wanted to make the text more readable while preserving the information Parloa left us.

If you, like me, are interested in vintage homemaking and vintage recipes, you will find this information both entertaining and informative.

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