- This is simply a frame made to sustain the strainer while draining. The cords are fastened to the ring that forms the top of strainer sack, and then to the posts of the stand. The strainer should be made of canton flannel, and may be used for clear soups, jellies or any other purpose for which slow straining is needed. For convenience rings to slip over posts of frame may be attached to the cord. Of course such a stand may be made plain, and any ingenious boy, with a limited set of tools, could make one that would serve the purpose well, and the boy is half edu-cated when he learns to handle tools well and to help his mother. In fact, many of the luxuries of the kitchen may be supplied without cost by the boys of the family if they have the mechanical tact and ingenuity to make them.
"Oyster-Blocks." - This is the name of the new ice-sets for serving raw oysters at fashionable dinners and suppers. There is, first, a tin box. Into this is set a large square slab of perfectly pure, clear ice. Around the box, and concealing its edge, is beautifully arranged, handsome sea-weed of the least jagged kind. When the time comes for serving the raw oysters they are laid upon the slab of ice, on which they must not remain long enough to freeze - in a room of average temperature this will not happen - and then they are served. "Little Neck" clams are served in the same way, and a fancy having demanded the small crabs that are frequently served with oysters, these are thus brought to table also.