Old Time Remedies

Betty has been talking lately about sharing old time remedies from the Tuck Museum collections. With that in mind, I came across this cold remedy in Mary Page Getchell’s c. 1860s business ledger. I suppose it’s an odd place to put a recipe, but Mary was cut from an interesting bolt of cloth (did I mention that she is the subject of my upcoming program at the Tuck Museum?).

Nothing is better than onions for a cold. They can be cooked and eaten at meal time or can be made into a syrup. Slice an onion in a tin-pan, pour upon it a half tea cup of molasses or honey. Add a bit of butter as large as a small chestnut, set in the oven and simmer slowly one hour. Leave the oven door open so that it may not be too hot.