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Useful Soup for Benevolent Purposes


  • 1 ox-cheek
  • any pieces of trimmings of beef, which may be bought very cheaply (say 4 lbs.)
  • a few bones
  • any pot-liquor the larder may furnish
  • 1/4 peck of onions
  • 6 leeks
  • 1 large bunch of herbs
  • 1/2 pound of celery (the outside pieces, or green tops, do very well)
  • 1/2 pound of carrots
  • 1/2 pound of turnips
  • 1/2 pound of coarse brown sugar
  • 1/2 pint of beer
  • 4 pounds of common rice, or pearl barley
  • 1/2 pound of salt
  • 1 ounce of black pepper
  • a few raspings
  • 10 gallons of water


Cut up the meat in small pieces, break the bones, put them in a copper, with the 10 gallons of water, and stew for 1/2 an hour. Cut up the vegetables, put them in with the sugar and beer, and boil for 4 hours. Two hours before the soup is wanted, add the rice and raspings, and keep stirring till it is well mixed in the soup, which simmer gently. If the liquor reduces too much, fill up with water.

Time: 6 1/2 hours.

Note: The above recipe was used in the winter of 1858 by the Editress, who made, each week, in her copper, 8 or 9 gallons of this soup, for distribution amongst about a dozen families of the village near which she lives. The cost, as will be seen, was not great; but she has reason to believe that the soup was very much liked, and gave to the members of those families, a dish of warm, comforting food, in place of the cold meat and piece of bread which form, with too many cottagers, their usual meal, when, with a little more knowledge of the "cooking." art, they might have, for less expense, a warm dish, every day.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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