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- From The American Frugal Housewife, by Mrs. Child, 1833.
- 1 pint water, boiling
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup (175 ml) cold water
- 3 to heaping 4 tbsp (60 ml) oatmeal (not instant), rye flour or corn (Indian) meal
- sprinkle of salt
- raisins (optional)
- sugar to taste (optional)
- nutmeg (optional)
- Have a pint of water boiling in a skillet.
- Stir up three or four large spoonfuls of nicely sifted oatmeal, rye or cornmeal in cold water.
- Pour it into the skillet while the water boils.
- Let it boil eight to ten minutes.
- Throw in a large handful of raisins to boil, if the patient is well enough to bear them.
- When put in a bowl, add a little salt, white sugar and nutmeg.
- This is almost too fancy to be called "gruel", the traditional food of orphans and other extremely poor children and families.
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