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Happy July 4th

Posted: July 4th, 2009 | Author: bakezilla | Filed under: Bakezilla | 2 Comments »

Hi Everyone,

I am home for July 4th, and while refiling through my parents’ stuff, I came across a copy of “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” that belonged to my grandmother.  It is the 1936 edition.  I will most likely steal it, because it has some incredible historical baking recipes.  A true piece of American culinary history.

While I haven’t had a chance to completely go over all the recipes, or make any of them, I wanted to share with everyone their section on “Freezing in Mechanical Refrigerator,” so we will all be grateful for modern technology and remember an important piece of American history on this Independence Day.


Consult booklets issued by manufaturers for information about using each make of refrigerator.  Special recipe booklets are usually available.

Be sure the temperature of the refrigerator is sufficiently low for freezing desserts.  The motor may be set correctly for proper refrigeration but not low enough for freezing.  a temperature-control feature allows temporary adjustment.

Mouses, Parfaits, and all desserts which merely require packing in salt and ice can be made in mechnical refrigerators without stirring.  Pack in drawer and leave until firm.

Ice Creams. Recipes which require continuous stirring must be adapted to be successfully made in refrigerator.  For some refrigerators, the proportion of sugar to liquid must be kept low – not more than 1 to 4.  Corn sirup may be substituted for one third of the sugar.  A small amount of gelatine – 1 level teaspoon to each cup of liquid – helps the mixture to freeze more smoothly.

To Pack in the Mechanical Refrigerator. Pack homemade or commercial ice cream in individual molds or paper cups and decorate with fruit, nuts, or whipped cream put on with pastry bag and tube.  Freezing tray or a mold may be lined with ice cream, the center filled with whipped cream, sweetened, flavored, and colored, or decorated with fruits or nuts.  Set molds in the freezing compartment and leave until serving time.

Freezing stuff sure was complicated back in the day.  And “Syrup” was spelled with an “I” everywhere in the book.

2 Comments on “Happy July 4th”

  1. 1 Jesse said at 9:28 am on July 7th, 2009:

    I’m glad you specified the alternate spelling of “syrup” was in the book. I initially thought you’d just made a silly typo.

  2. 2 Adi said at 7:43 pm on July 9th, 2009:

    That….is awesome. I need a copy!

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