Old Recipe for Starch

Good wheat used in old-fashioned recipe for starch to be used in laundry process.

| Good Old Days

An old recipe for starch:

"Wash a peck of good wheat and pick it very clean. Put it in a tub and cover it with water. It must be kept in the sun and the water changed every day or it will smell very offensively. When the wheat becomes quite soft, it must be well rubbed in the hands and the husks thrown in another tub. Let this white substance settle and then pour off the water. Put on fresh and stir it up well and let it subside. Do this every day till the water comes off clear, then pour it off. Collect the starch in a bag, tie it up tight and set it in the sun a few days. Then open it and dry the starch on dishes."

Mrs. C.C. Dosien
Valley Center, Kansas

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