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Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
(1913-1919)

Marlatt, A. L.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 58: some farm home convenience PDF (916.9 KB)



   *'Guess before driving home, I'll see what they have in the hardware shop
that will help Mary on 'production and distribution'."
   " 'Aids to production in the kitchen'," said the hardware man,
"well, I can
give you anything from a clover egg beater to a bread mixer; from a sharp
knife
to a food grinder; from a blue flame kerosene stove to a fireless cooker;
from
a steamer to a pressure cooker-which by the way, is just the thing to save
                       fuel in cooking beans, boiling ham or canning fruit.
                     l- We wouldn't kee house without it.
    "Here are cake mixers. Oh, you have cut out cake
because it uses wheat flour? Use corn flour or rice
flour with eggs and corn syrup or honey. My wife
learned how at the volunteer class taught by the
Emergency Home Demonstration agent. By the way,
she made potato bread using riced potatoes for part of
the flour; you will need this potato ricer to help pre-
pare the cooked potato for the bread. There are a lot
of other uses for the ricer."
     "Aids in reducing distribution" were in Mary's
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their large and sunny kitchen. The stove was far from the sink and the pantry
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was only a store room far away from the dining room or the work table. They
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planned to place a new fireless cooker on a platform near the sink, to put
up
shelves above the sink with a row of hooks underneath on which to hang
handy utensils often in use. A new high table with drawers and castors was
purchased and a high stool was added to encourage the habit of sitting at
the
tfhla whilD wnrkinir  A new refrigerator Dlaced near both
work table and sink saved many steps in collecting material
for the preparation of a meal.
   Dish washing was the hardest work to simplify because
the best dish washers are run by electricity, and Sam had not
yet installed a storage battery in connection with his gas
engine. They decided to buy cooking dishes made of brown
crockery and of glass so that the food could be served in the
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dish in which it was cooked, reuUUIU  Mth UUmUer - U.-
in the final washing. Later they found a kitchenette dish washer, which was
fairly successful. Kettles had still to be washed in the old fashioned way,
but
Sam found a "magic mat" woven of metal and yarn which cleaned the
kettles
without scratching them and saved many minutes a day.
    Last, but not least, a kitchen cabinet was added. This brought all the
working surfaces of sink, cabinet, movable table and stove near together,
and
of the right height to do away with bending over while working.
                           The large space left free In the kitchen was fitted
up with table, chairs, couch and magazine and news-
paper stand. A homemade screen was used to form a
pleasant breakfast alcove and a place where Mary could
rest while the food was cooking in the fireless cooker
or the steamer.
    "Save transportation" was met by the building of
a wood and coal box which standing near the stove could be filled through
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