Time Capsule: Food For Thought
Lydia Child’s The American Frugal Housewife was published in 1832 as a revised edition of her 1828 book The Frugal Housewife. Besides offering directions for cooking meats, vegetables, desserts, breads and more, Child provided household hints, home remedies and a glossary.
Fresh pork should be cooked more than any other meat. A thick shoulder piece should be roasted full two hours and a half; and other pieces less in proportion. The slight sickness occasioned by eating roasted pork may be prevented by soaking it in salt and water the night before you cook it. If called to prepare it on short notice, it will answer to baste it with weak brine while roasting; and then turn the brine off, and throw it away.