Posts Tagged ‘cookery’

Clyffe Hall’s Tongue Press

August 8, 2012

The manufacture of meat, such as tongue, required pressure to be applied to force out excess moisture and also to mould the meat product into a compact and even shape which could easily be sliced. A meat press or tongue press was the item used for this. Clyffe Hall, as a country hotel, would have manufactured its own meats of this kind and so it is no surprise that it had a tongue press.

Meat press from Clyffe Hall. This item, which may be Edwardian in origin, is now at Market Lavington Museum

The basic idea was that cooked and prepared meat was placed in the container where it sat on what was, effectively, a sturdy metal sieve. The lid could then be screwed down tight forcing the meat together. Liquid would seep out through the bottom sieve and the natural jelly in the meat would bond it into  shape.

Whilst this item was used at Clyffe Hall Hotel, in the late 1930s through to the 1970s, we think the device itself may be Edwardian. A very similar device is very well described by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia – click here. They suggest their tongue press may have been made in Ireland or Australia. We guess ours has a UK origin.

A Recipe Book

November 7, 2010

Market lavington Museum is pleased to have a number of recipe books. Some are hand written whilst others are commercial books which have belonged to village people. Yhey can be found, appropriately enough, on the bookshelf in the kitchen at the museum.

 Here we have the Success Publishing Company’s 700 Cookery and Household Recipes. It cost just threepence  in old money so no wonder some 800 000 had sold.

One of many cookery and recipe books at Market Lavington Museum

As can be seen, the book has been very well used.

An advert in this cookery book fixes the year of publication at 1926

This delightful advert appears to show a young mum, who looks like a 1920s flapper girl, gaining leisure time because she has a Valor Perfection cooking stove. And no doubt it was much easier to manage than a solid fuel range.

The closed season at the museum is a good time to receive new items. If you have something to offer – remember it must have a real link with the parishes of Market Lavington or Easterton, then do contact the curator.