Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 1936

Cold and windy
6 [degrees] below zero this A.M. and 8 [degrees] above this eve-
Done the chores and got meals today-
Have a stiff neck to day-
Mother has been good today
Aunty made a custard* for us-

Iliff Dolton, Jr with the home pasteurizer in 1948^

*Many custard recipes say to scald the milk, & that is no doubt what Aunty did when she made it 77 years ago. This very simple, modern custard recipe I found does not call for scalding the milk. We now have pasteurized milk, & that process kills any harmful bacteria, so scalding is unnecessary. The occasional bread recipe will still require scalding, or bringing the milk to a boil first.

^Taken in 1948 & photographed by H.V. Rickner, 51 Chelsea Rd. Rochester 5, NY, Iliff Willard Dolton, Jr. (my father) & his parent's pasteurizer in their home in Cato, NY. The photograph appeared in a popular agriculture magazine.


  1. oh, I love this blog with a written history of your family, what a treasure!
    I wish you'd reconsider getting rid of capcha. You are able to be rid of spam comments by choosing to monitor comments by choosing that you view the comment before publishing it. Only rarely have I encountered spam, but with my choosing I just delete them.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I changed the comment settings. I understand the purpose of capchas, but they are a drag.


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