( Originally Published Early 1900's )
CARROTS.—Their Value as Food for Man and Domestic Animals.—A writer, with whom the author agrees—except that he thinks pars-nips preferable to carrots for horses—says: "The carrot is one of the most healthful and nutritious of our garden roots, and deserves to be much more extensively used for culinary purposes, and we urge our readers to give some of. the early table sorts a trial. As an agricultural root, the carrot is not surpassed for feeding horses and milch cows, and every farmer should plant a few for this purpose. The carrot succeeds best on light, sandy loam, made rich by manuring the previous year. In freshly manured land, the roots often grow awkward and ill shaped. It is better to sow as early in the spring as the ground can be made ready, but if planting is necessarily delayed until late in the season, soak the seed 24 hours in tepid water, dry by mixing in sifted ashes or plaster, and sow on freshly prepared soil."
Remarks.—In drills would be best, the author thinks, as explained in the item referred to.
Pickled Carrots for Table Use.—A recent writer in the Rural New Yorker says, under this head: " Wash and scrape, boil until tender, cut into quarters of convenient length, and cover with vinegar. It is the best way to prepare carrots for the table."
Remarks.—If the vinegar is properly spiced, this plan makes them very-palatable.
Beans Should Always be Cooked in Soft Water,—A. C. Arnold, of Stamford, Conn., says: " I notice those who tell how to cook beans-omit to say that soft water must always be used in beans, otherwise some of them will remain hard—a fact that I learned in the army."
Remarks.—It is undoubtedly better to use soft water for cooking generally, when it can be done. The same man sends the next item also, through the Blade, and as it is a thing needed in every household that ever cooks apples, I will give it a place. His measurements are correct to make a suitable-sized corer.
Apple Corer, to Make—Size to Cut the Tin, Etc.—Cut the tin 3 by 4 inches and roll it up to be 4 inches long, and 3/4 inch in diameter, at the smallest 'end, as it should be a very little larger at the other end, to withdraw easily.
Remarks.—If a small wire is put into the large end before rolling up, it will not hurt the hand to push it through the apple, without which, it would soon injure the hand.