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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)

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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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My 5 Favorite “Clean With Me” YouTube Videos For Homemakers

A mom cleaning her home with her toddler

I love “clean with me” style YouTube videos because they pump me up to get cleaning. Sometimes they even help me to remember what I need to clean that I’ve neglected for a while!

These videos also have the benefit of showing us that even the most put together lifestyle vlogger has to clean up a messy home now and then.

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The Ultimate Frugal Food Is… Potatoes?!

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When I was in college, I ate a lot of ramen. It tasted good, it was stupid cheap, and when I had the money I could easily dress it up with veggies and meat for a full, filling meal.

I got a little bit older and started eating rice. I was working out a lot then, and the quintessential “healthy” meal is chicken breasts, rice, beans, and broccoli. Carbs, fat, protein. It was affordable and certainly healthier than the salty, MSG-filled ramen I was relying on before.

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