Free! Food Substitutions & Measurements

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How many times have you had to go look up the substitution for a square of unsweetened chocolate when all you have is cocoa? Me too! Well, it’s all in this little guide. It’s a PDF file that I compiled and many of the subs and measurements came from my mom’s 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book.

I didn’t use all the food substitutions and measurements Betty Crocker recommended…..I haven’t shopped for a “peck” of anything lately)))

My mom was a great cook and she relied on Betty Crocker for more than just great recipes! The cookbook is chocked full of helpful information. It contains everything from nutrition to how to cut a two-layer cake to get more pieces.

Sometimes I just like to browse and read when I’m not even looking for recipes. As a young girl, I spent a lot of time in the cookie section))) Here are some of my favorite snippets.

Shortcuts, Tips & Quotes

A fresh egg sinks when placed in cold water.

To boil potatoes in less time, remove a strip of skin from one side.

Notice humorous and interesting incidents to relate at dinnertime, etc.

Train children to help with different jobs.

A butter icing is like a favorite cotton dress….simple and easy to put on.

Cut square biscuits quickly by using the ice cube divided from a refrigerator tray. (Got one of those?)

Well anyway, there is a wealth of information in this cookbook and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s actually not my mom’s original copy. After she passed away, we just couldn’t find it anywhere and I know she treasured it. We figured that my dad in one of his “cleaning” episodes probably tossed it away.

eBay to the rescue! It’s true, you can find just about anything on eBay! I found the exact Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book, first edition, and it was in great shape! Plus, the previous owner had all kinds of little clippings from 1950’s Better Homes and Gardens magazines. The pages look like they were meant to be cut out, hole punched, and placed in a binder.

There are many hand-written recipes in the book too. I can’t help but wonder who the cookbook belonged to. It would be fun to know something about that person.

Who knows….mother’s cookbook might turn up on eBay someday…..if it does….the greasy fingerprints on the sugar cookie page belong to me)))

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