Originally Posted by LilMama23
Wow, that's so eye-opening.
My grandmother loves to talk about the days before she had a fridge.
It's fascinating to listen to.
I love love love old cookbooks -- my mom has her copy of Fanny Farmer, her mother's copy, and her grandma's copy, and it is fascinating to compare.
I've got a 1930s edition of the Settlement Cookbook. It includes information on how to build a fire in a cookstove, how to bank it for the night -- and how to build a "window cooler," which was a box you put into your window, like an AC unit, except that it was open to the outside and insulated ont he house side, so when it was cool outside you could keep your milk, eggs, butter etc in there.
It also has scrupulous instructions for cleaning and food safety, scrubbing everything, using clean towels for each use, never using dishcloths more than once before putting them in to be laundered (with bleach, of course). Interesting stuff...