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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

You can't seem to buy proper creosote these days. Or turpentine.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

A good patio cleaner is Armillatox a product of the coal industry - it also used to be sold as a pesticide before the EU said it had to be tested.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Canned Fray bentos steak and kidney pies anyone?
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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Canned Fray bentos steak and kidney pies anyone?
I remember those. Wasn't there a pudding in a different shaped can?
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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Returning your empty (glass) lemonade or tizer bottles for the refund.
Just about every recyclable container has a deposit on it in Saskatchewan, kids collect them up for extra pocket money. The only things with a deposit on them in Ontario are alcohol containers so a lot of recyclable material ends up in landfills.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Vegetables such as potatoes were in open-topped sacks in front of the counter at the corner shop. Penny ice lollies were made from lemonade powder by the shopkeeper, who also made ginger beer.

It was against the law for the shop to remain open after 6 pm. So, if we ran out of e.g. bread we would knock on their back door.

In those days, my father raised chickens and grew his own vegetables. Meat was served with Oxo gravy.

Cabbage was boiled until it went yellow and a treat was to drink the water it had been cooked in.

Sandwich fillings included salad cream or Daddies sauce.

We made home-made doughnuts, with the dough placed next to the open fire to rise.

On more than one occasion, home made (kit?) ice cream was left to freeze in snow outside out house. Ice cream from the shop was an individual block of vanilla between two wafers.

Bread and milk were delivered to the house by their respective horse and carts.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

With reference to the ludicrous idea of buying bottled water, I don't recall other than full-cream milk.

Teabags were unknown.

Cheese was mostly Kraft Cheese Slices.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Ah the fifties.....we think of them as happy days as things were so less complicated than today.....

I always walked to school my parents with 4 of us couldn't afford bus fares, and when we did it was a treat usually when it was raining cats and dogs !!. Would always walk home for lunch as well so walked on average 5>6 miles a day (sometimes ran all the way). Sometimes I would get threepence (remember those hexagonal coins) to buy what the cake shop would call 'stalies' (yesterdays cakes), and if you were early enough you could get the pick of the bunch, which for me was marshmallow covered in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut. Thing was I was never fat on it because of the exercise, walking and that's without football at breaktime (jumpers for goalposts).....and you try telling the kids today
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Silver and gold top milk , never knew the difference.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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Canned Fray bentos steak and kidney pies anyone?
I was still buying those up to a couple of years ago. I have finally given up on them now though as it seems to be impossible to get the underside of the pastry cooked. Mary Berry wouldn't approve.

I bought a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pudding a few weeks ago and was shocked to discover that the 'can' is now plastic, it has a ring-pull lid and is cooked in the microwave for 90 seconds, rather than in boiling water for three quarters of an hour. It was an extremely pale imitation of my mother's delicious homemade steak pudding, with its suet crust, which was gently steamed on the stove for hours.

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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You can't seem to buy proper creosote these days. Or turpentine.
I'm afraid proper Creosote has too many nasties in it, including toxic heavy metals; which is why it was so good as a wood preservative. Likewise coal tar which was widely used in anticorrosive paints for ships bottoms and ballast tanks. (Epoxy tar and vinyl tar primers were some of the best water barriers known to man.)

One of the main nasties in Coal Tar and Creosote is Benzene, which has been recognised as a carcinogen for at least forty years, although it is still used to boost the octane rating of unleaded petrol.

(Pure Creosote, as used in some cough medicines is perfectly safe, but it is impractical to fraction it to medicinal standards on an industrial scale.)

Proper Turpentine is extracted from timber; hence its price and scarcity. White Spirit does almost as good a job (albeit with a shorter 'wet edge' time), and is readily available. The cheap stuff is fine for brush cleaning, but it is worth buying branded White Spirit for thinning. There is a difference.
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

Thanks Nigel. This info is of no use to me (as far as I can tell), but it's always interesting to read other people's esoterica

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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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I remember those. Wasn't there a pudding in a different shaped can?
Yes, but weren't they identical in stodge?
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