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Flashback Friday: 1894 Old Farmer's Almanac Household Tips

August 23, 2013

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This week, we are taking you way back to 1894! Here are some household tips—that hold true today--from an early edition (we were only 102 years old!) of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

1894 Old Farmer’s Almanac: Household Tips

To keep turnips from becoming spongy, cut off the tops well into the turnip, then pack them in barrels with sand enough to fill all the vacant places between them. Put the barrel in a cool, dark place, but not cool enough to freeze the turnips.

Parsnips may be kept in the ground all winter, but should be dug early in the spring. A better way is to cover in the fall with eel-grass deep enough to keep out the frost, and dig during the winter as wanted. Thus treated, the flavor is excellent. When dug in the autumn for winter use, they should be packed in sand.

A pineapple top set out in summer and taken into the house in winter makes an interesting plant. So also does a cocoanut planted with the eyes upward.

Do not get impatient and speak harshly, especially to one in the family. Strive to cultivate a kind disposition. Harsh words, besides being wrong, make the person who indulges in them both disagreeable and unlovable.

When the spider’s webs on the grass can be seen thickly covered with the morning dew, and the dandelions open fully their golden petals before eight o’clock in the morning, it is a very sure sign that the day will be fair; but if the dandelions remain closed until nine o’clock, rain may be expected.

Meat roasted in a baking pan that shuts up tightly is much better than if roasted in an open pan. The toughest pieces of beef become tender, and while the outside becomes slightly browned, the juices are retained in the meat.

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