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Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm Going Junketing

Junket Booklet 1928
Don't be sad, I won't be gone for very long. I'm just taking the next two weeks to get some things done around the house and to regroup. I especially want to get some planting done. Yes, I know, if you were to look out my window last night, you wouldn't be thinking about planting a thing. I, however, have big plans for this year's garden and it's time to do some planning and planting; indoors of course:) This will be the first year that I will be growing veggies in a very long time. I'm so excited!
Have you ever heard of SproutRobot? SproutRobot lets you know when to plant and sends you seeds if you want them to. I only use it as a guideline for planting time. You enter your zip code click get started and a screen comes up requesting you join. I didn't want to join but I did want to see their guidelines so, I just clicked that little X in the corner so it would go away and I could get down to business. (they don't know I'm telling you about them, I just figured I'd share:)
I actually started planning the vegetable garden during last year's growing season. You wouldn't believe the charts, catalogs and magazines and other "stuff" I have lingering all over the place. Yes, the cookbooks have finally been put back on the shelves and the gardening books have taken over.
There are more gardening books and magazines out in the shed but, it doesn't look like I'll be heading out there any time soon. I did try to clear the back driveway a bit but I didn't get very far. I made my way back to the bird feeders before this last snowstorm but I wasn't sure if the birdies and rabbits would get the goods so I put out two plates for each of them. However, it snowed again and they are covered. That's the bump you see in the middle of my clearing. BTW, if you're in need of resources for planning your garden this year, just check out my garden pinterest board, there's tons of resources even some suggestions for getting free garden catalogs.
jun·ket [juhng-kit] noun
1. a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
2. a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
3. a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
verb (used without object)
4. to go on a junket.
verb (used with object)
5. to entertain; feast; regale.
Now, about that junket. As I said, I'm not going far. Actually, I'll be sticking in my neck of the woods the entire time. I wouldn't dream of leaving Marion to fend for herself in this weather:) Despite the fact that she has these guys to keep her safe and warm:)
Although, if she really got bored, she could always play with this Party and Painting Book distributed by "The Junket Folks" in 1928.
Junket Party and Painting Book for Children | 1928
Isn't it adorable? It's a small book. It only measures 4" X 6" and it's in perfect condition! I just have to show you the contents. But, before I do, I must ask, do you have fond memories of Junket Desserts?
Junket Party and Painting Book for Children | 1928
Chances are you have been exposed to some sort of rennet culture if you have recently enjoyed some "deliciously creamy yogurt, mouth-watering Italian style salami or a cheese with a distinct bite?" The story of the Junket begins in Denmark in 1874, when Christian Hansen founded Hansen's Laboratorium in Denmark to make a commercial rennet extract for the cheese making industry. The company is still in business. I think I've even seen Junket Dessert Custard at the grocery store.
...While waiting for an interview with the merchant, he [Christian Hansen] heard an order mentioned which came in from the country calling for a dozen of rennets. "What is that," he asked.  "Oh," was the reply, "rennets are calves' stomachs prepared for cheese making, the farmers soak them in whey and add the liquid to the milk to curdle it."  Why couldn't a commercial extract be made in the laboratory, our young chemist thought, and be put on the market? After obtaining some more information as to the quantity used, etc., he bid his friend goodbye, forgetting the question as to his own future. During the next few months he investigated the matter in the diaries where cheese was made, and worked in the laboratory until he had perfected an extract of high keeping quality, uniform strength and free from the contaminating impurities characteristic of the - often foul - liquid of uncertain coagulating power produced by soaking the stomachs in whey in the dairy. With samples of his new preparation young Hansen again called on the merchant who entered into the proposition with enthusiasm and offered him the cellar under his office for a factory. This was the beginning of "Chr. Hansen's Laboratory." Whether the story is true or not, it is characteristic of the man. It was, however, not by an accident that commercial Rennet Extract was invented, but due to the unusual foresight and clever grasp of the situation, of an eminent student with a clear head and practical sense for possibilities presented. And it was not until many difficulties had been overcome by undaunted energy and persistency that success was obtained...
The use of rennet quickly spread in Denmark. However, in America, cheese makers were a bit skeptical. (The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company does NOT recommend Junket for cheese making)
...At such an incident in America, a man in the audience suddenly got up claiming that the "patent rennet," as it was called at the time, contained poisonous acids. Christian Hansen immediately grabbed the glass of liquid rennet in front of him and emptied it in a few swallows. The man hardly believed his own eyes, but definitely gained faith in the product. There was, however, one slight side effect to Christian Hansen’s determined action. For several days afterwards he suffered from a tremendous thirst caused by the high content of salt in the rennet...
Little Falls NY | Junket
At first, rennet was imported from Denmark, but in 1891 a factory was constructed in Little Falls, New York. Junket actually means "milk with rennet" and was the inspiriation for the name. The tablets were designed for household use of making cheese and other dairy products. In 1911, Hansen began marketing a powder under the brand name 'Nesnah,' which is Hansen spelled backwards. It was sweetened and flavored for making custards and drinks and not much different from today's Junket Rennet Custard. In 1915, the brand name was changed to Junket. I am very fortunate to have an undated die-cut booklet with the Nesnah name.
Nesnah Dessert Powder Die-cut undatedNesnah Dessert Powder Die-cut undated
I actually have a couple of Junket booklets but unfortunately, I will not be able to share them all with you today. (this post is lengthy as it is:)
Junket Booklets
Did you notice the one in the middle from the Junket Food Exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair? It is in the least desirable condition and exactly like the one in front titled How to Make Rennet Custards and Ice Cream.
Junket World's Fair 1939 Booklet
Ready to see the rest of that Party and Painting Book? I'm only going to show you the colorized pages but I have to tell you, I think it's kinda cool that the rest of the pages have not been colored in yet:)
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I hope you enjoyed today's post as much as I did sharing it. It looks like the day has once again gotten away from me so I'll be heading to the kitchen now to prepare dinner. I will be back later to visit your delicious blogs before I begin my Junket. Enjoy! Louise:)
Junket Booklet