Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother
When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! Here are some of her homestead household tips.
Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.
Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother
- Use an old toothbrush to clean the crevices of the handles of your knives, your can opener, and your hand grater. I use one to clean the tight places of my drain rack.
- Boil away stuck on food from your pots by adding a couple tablespoons of baking soda to a pot half full of water and boil until the burnt on food loosens and floats.
- Rub a little oil on your hand grater before use to keep food from sticking to it.
- Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and rub on the stove to remove stubborn stuck on food or stains. You may have to let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. I use this to clean my sinks and tub too.
- Popcorn will stay fresh and you will eliminate “old maids” if kept in the freezer. We don’t eat a great deal of popcorn so this works well for us.
- For a fluffier omelet, add a pinch of cornstarch to your eggs before beating them.
- To quickly soften butter, place a heated pot over the butter dish for just a few minutes.
- Always heat the pan before adding butter or oil to prevent fires or burning.
- If your brown sugar gets hard, place a piece of bread in the canister with it to absorb moisture and soften it up. (I make my own brown sugar now, but I did use this one in the past.)
- Rub a small amount of beeswax onto your dusting cloth to polish and dust at the same time. I do use beeswax to make my own dusting polish and if I am out of the polish, I just use the beeswax.
I hope you enjoy using these or at least reading them. Do you have helpful hints from your grandmother, great-grandmother, or mother to share? Let me know, I always enjoy learning the wisdom of the old ways.
You can see more tips from Ma Horton in 10 Tips From My Great-Grandmother’s Kitchen