Directions for making soda.
--We publish the following directions for making what, in the country, is generally called home-made ‘"soda."’ The preparation thus made is more nearly saleratus than soda, and is a very good substitute for that.
The use of all these drugs in the preparation of bread is generally condemned by the medical faculty, but as the people still continue to use them, and as the so-called ‘"soda"’ is a very impure article, as prepared by the soda-loving housewives, it would probably be rendering a service to them and to bread caters generally to give a simple method of making a comparatively pure article.
It is more valuable in view of the scarcity and high prices of soda in our drug stores:
After making a strong lye from ashes and boiling down to dryness, and burning till white, take the residue and add its own weight of cold water, and set in a cool place for several days, say a week, stirring frequently, then strain through a fine cloth, and boil down again to dryness, stirring frequently, and finally cork up the powder so obtained in a bottle.
These operations should all be conducted in an iron vessel, not in glass or stone-ware