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Old 04-13-2012, 03:14 AM   #1
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Just found this in an old notebook I inherited, from about fifty years ago.

Seasoning for a bag (of bagpipes)

1 cupful of good soap flakes (not powder)
3 cupfuls of water
1/2 cupful of Golden Syrup or sugar (this is scored out)
1 tablespoon cooking oil (olive oil or any vegetable oil will do)
1 tespoonful of Dettol or household pine disinfectant

Heat water and soap flakes until dissolved.
Add other ingredients and allow to coool slightly before bottling.

The seasoning should turn to a jelly when cold, and will require heating in a pot of water each time before use.

NEVER use the seasoning when hot, leave it until it has cooled to lukewarm.
Bags should not requirte seasoning more than once every two months, and only a small quantity should be used at a time.

There are also recipes for thngs like Wartime icing, home made polish, tips for whitening clothes, cures for chilblains etc. Quite fascinating. And poems about the MacDonalds.
There are 'hints' such as 'A little vinegar will turn a rusted screw' and 'a cabbage leaf makes nice green for colouring a floor' and 'stone raw off a dyke is good brown dye when boiled'.

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Old 04-13-2012, 04:29 AM   #2
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Just found this in an old notebook I inherited, from about fifty years ago.

Seasoning for a bag (of bagpipes)

1 cupful of good soap flakes (not powder)
3 cupfuls of water
1/2 cupful of Golden Syrup or sugar (this is scored out)
1 tablespoon cooking oil (olive oil or any vegetable oil will do)
1 tespoonful of Dettol or household pine disinfectant
Pretty neat to see a homemade seasoning recipe, especially in an older book. I've heard some stories from my instructor over the years about homemade seasonings and things that have been used over the years. I've often wondered what was used in the late medieval to renaissance period.

Scored out... is this the same as saying crossed off (a list)?
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:38 AM   #3
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Scored out... is this the same as saying crossed off (a list)?
Yes, it was in the original list and then later, it seems, she took a pen through that ingredient.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:56 AM   #4
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Since "wartime icing" is mentioned, the syrup and sugar were probably unavailable or nearly so during WWII. I know that such items were rationed in the U.S. and were probably even more scarce in the U.K.

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She might have crossed it out later because some have criticized using treacle or golden syrup. I prefer brown sugar. My old bag is in such great shape that I'm going to make it into a sporran.
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