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Watermelon Pickles (VRP 400)

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Watermelon Pickles
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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 and has 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, which is an order form to purchase the box.)

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

We do show that this box came to us with another box, but at this time, we are not sure if the same person owned them or if the eBay seller grouped them.

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Vintage Recipe Box 400
The image I found on Flickr is an original ad for the recipe box.

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Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles (VRP 400)


    Peel rind and cut off all read.
    Cut rind in 2 inch pieces, put in bowl with one level tablespoon powdered alum. Cover with boiling water and let stand over nite. In morning drain water, put in preserving kettle, cover with boiling water, cook tender.
    Syrup - to 8 lbs. fruit, allow 5 lbs. brown sugar, 1 cup mixed whole spices, 5 pints vinegar. Make syrup of above, add fruit, cook 30 minutes.
    Let stand over night, reheat, and bottle hot.

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