Teacup of pearl barley; add 2 quarts of water; boil in a double porcelain boiler 21/2 hours. Add 1 cup table raisins an hour before you remove it from the stove. It will look milky and a little thick. Squeeze the juice of 3 lemons in a pitcher, sweeten and salt it a little; strain the hot barley water over the above; pick out the raisins; put them in with the rest. Throw the barley away. To an invalid, it looks very inviting in a glass pitcher. Very acceptable to a fever patient.
Take 4 ounces of lean beef, entirely free from fat, chopped fine. Add salt; put in a clean white cotton cloth. Place in a small covered dish. Add 3 ounces of cold water, being sure that the meat is covered. Let stand for 3 hours in a cold place, preferably in the ice chest. Then express the juice by wringing out the cloth containing meat. The juice should be fed mixed up with an equal quantity of top milk or added to a soup free from fat, thickening or vegetables when the soup is cool enough to eat.
Three and a half pounds thick round beefsteak, cut it on a plate, so as to save the juice, in pieces inch and a half long and thin. Cook in a porcelain double boiler. Add 1 pint of filtered water. When you have cut a cupful, throw in boiler and cover tight, each time adding very little salt, as that extracts the juice. Be particular not to allow any fat to remain on the meat. Boil 3 hours, stirring a few times. Do not strain it, as the little particles are needed that are extracted from the meat; add a little white pepper. Pour in your Mason jar. It will be the right strength.
Use 1/3 stock, 2/3 milk, salt to taste and add a level teaspoonful of butter. Bring to a boil and then pass into the mixture through a fine sieve 2 tablespoonfuls of either boiled potatoes, carrots, green peas, spinach or sorrel, and boil from 1 to 2 minutes afterward. It is best to boil the potatoes with the skins on and peel just before putting through the sieve. All vegetables to be thoroughly cooked.
One-half pint of cold water, 1/2 package of gelatine. Let it stand 1/2 hour. Add 1 pint of boiling water, 1 ounce of sugar, juice of 1 lemon. Beat in 1 egg and let it stand in a cool place over night. Serve cold.
Add hot milk instead of boiling water and omit lemons and eggs.
Use three tablespoonfuls of cereal (oat, barley, wheat or rice) thoroughly washed. Add to a quart of water and boil down to a pint; strain; add salt.
One-fourth cup of sago, 1 cup cold water, 1 quart soup stock, 1 cup hot cream, 2 egg yolks, salt and pepper. Soak the sago in cold water an hour, then pour on 1 pint of boiling water and cook in double boiler. When tender stir it into hot soup stock. Let it simmer 10 minutes. Add the seasoning and cream, beat the yolks of eggs lightly and mix them with cup of the boiling soup. Turn into the tureen and stir briskly as you pour in the hot soup. - Mrs. F. D.
Three pounds of lean beef cut into small bits; pour on this 3 quarts of cold water, add salt and let stand for 3 hours; add a carrot, onion, a little parsley, sage, marjoram and a turnip and slowly boil down to 1/2 Strain and set the liquor thus obtained in a cool place over night. Skim off what grease has risen, and when wanted heat and add any desired thickening - pearl barley which has been cooked tender, vermicelli, noodles, bread cubed and browned in butter. All are nice. - Mrs. F. D.
Buy 1/4 of a pound of round steak; be careful none of the dried edges of the meat are included in your purchase, as this sometimes poisons babies. Place the steak on a hot griddle and sear on both sides to retain all the juice. Then split in two and with a dull knife or sharp edged tablespoon scrape the two pieces so that only the pulp and none of the fibre is retained. This scraped meat may be mixed with baked or mashed potato and a little butter and fed to the child or it may be put in broth with rice and fed in this way.
One pint of milk put on the back of the stove and allowed to heat until it can be comfortably tasted. Add 2 tablespoonfuls of good sherry. Strain off the curd through a clean cheesecloth and use the whey.
Warm and squeeze berries; add to 1 pint of juice 1 pound of granulated sugar, 1/2 oz. cinnamon, 1/4 oz. mace, 2 teaspoonfuls cloves; boil all together 1/4 hour. To each pint of juice add 1/2 pint best French brandy. Two or 3 doses of the cordial will check diarrhoea; a tablespoonful, or less, to a dose. - L. M. M.