Household Products "Recipes"
(These recipes were printed in the "Sod House Museum Cook Book"
Researched by Juanite Osbourn
Note: None of these recipes have been tested by Genealogy Trails.
Homemade Lye Soap....
People had a crude homemade ash hopper lined with paper and filled with hickory ashes
from a woodstove or fireplace. The hopper has a spout or little trough in the bottom. Pour water on the ashes a
gallon or 2 at a time until it gets t' drippin'. Put a container under the spout to catch the lye. Put in a big
wash pot and get it to boiling good. Put in about 10 to 15 pounds of lard or any kind of grease. Then just keep
pouring in the lye letting it boil until it thickens down to about like syrup. Pour into shallow pan to set and
cut into bars when cool.
(Note: These should not be viewed as modern day medical advice.
They are presented here only to demonstrate what our ancestors used to do.)
- Take wild cherry tree bark, yellow poplar bark and yellow root, boiled, strained
and mixed with white liquor.
- Mix together some sulfur and molasses and eat it.
- Eat rhubarb once a week.
(Note: These should not be viewed as modern day
medical advice. They are presented here only to demonstrate what our ancestors used to do.)
- Make a tea from the leaves of boneset. Drink the tea when it has cooled. (It will
make you sick if taken hot.) Leaves of this plant may also be cured out and saved for teas during the winter months.
- Make a tea from powdered ginger, or ground-up ginger roots. Do not boil the tea,
but add the powdered root to a cup of hot water and drink. Add honey and whiskey if desired.
- Boil pine needles to make a strong tea.
- Take as much powdered Quinine as will stay on the blade of a knife, add to water
- Put goose grease and salve on chest.
- Eat onions roasted in ashes (Good for children)
- Drink tea from wintergreen fern
To keep gophers away, bury garlic cloves around the plant you want to protect. Also,
put garlic cloves in the "run ways" of gopher holes and cover with dirt to deter their return.
[for boots and shoes]
-- Ivory black, one and a half ounces; molasses, one and a half ounces; sperm oil,
three drams; strong oil of vitriol, three drams; common vinegar, half a pint. Mix the ivory black, molasses and
vinegar together, then mix the sperm oil and oil of vitriol separately, and add them to the other mixture.
Recipe from unknown cookbook, c. 1880
Submitted by R. Greenlund