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Perfect Hash Brown Potatoes (VRP 400)

Perfect Hash Brown Potatoes (VRP 400)

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Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H with a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below that is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time we do not know anything about the history of the box.

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Perfect Hash Brown Potatoes

Perfect Hash Brown Potatoes

Perfect Hash Brown Potatoes (VRP 400)


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 4 medium potatoes cooked in jackets, cooled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


Heat shortening in skilled on Burner-with-a-Brain set at 300° F., or over a medium gas flame.
Peel and coarsely grate or chop potatoes; add onions, salt and pepper; toss lightly to mix.
Turn potatoes into skillet, pat down, leaving ½" space for fat to bubble around edge.
Allow to cook 10 to 12 minutes; then reduce temperature to 250° F., or flame to medium low. Continue to cook 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown when lifted with spatula.
When done mark through center, omelet fashion. Loosen from pan with wide spatula. Turn one half over other half. Tilt pan, turn out on warm platter.

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