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Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Badger's mate » November 24th, 2019, 4:22 pm

I suspect there are three different finishes for these types of paper. It seems it is all made with a very smooth finish, making it non absorbent. Greaseproof and baking papers both feel like that. Additionally the non-stick stuff will be coated with some sort of lubricant. Nowadays that's frequently a silicone based product but previously it must (I imagine) have been wax. I know they used to (and presumably still) sell waxed paper discs for covering HM preserves.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 24th, 2019, 6:26 pm

Handbags, purses and wallets ..... I know what they are in the UK .... :rolleyes: ;)
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 24th, 2019, 6:27 pm

I was using an ancient roll of genuine greaseproof for a while. Parchment, even the Sainsburys 'combined' is far more flexible and stronger. I have cooked all sorts of things (e.g. fish, sausages) on both and the parchment is much more versatile IMO. No idea what the components are though.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 24th, 2019, 7:57 pm

Billfold ;)
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby miss mouse » November 24th, 2019, 9:52 pm

They aren't wargarden.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 24th, 2019, 10:56 pm

Further research reveals that some baking parchment had a silicon coating ... and some doesn’t. :rolleyes: We have to read the packs ;)
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby scullion » November 25th, 2019, 2:34 am

i had to look up billfold - i thought it sounded like a money clip but it's actually just a wallet.
i would consider a pocket book to be the A6 sized thing that i keep in my handbag, along with my purse, to write notes in - or is it the type of strapless handbag that was popular in the sixties (clutch bag)?
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 8:50 am

OH used to pinch my greaseproof out of the pantry to use as tracing paper ... he now had to buy the real stuff as baking parchment doesn’t work as well :rolleyes: :lol:
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby scullion » November 25th, 2019, 10:30 am

wasn't that the best use for izal toilet paper‽‽‽
(rubbish as toilet paper!).
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby miss mouse » November 25th, 2019, 10:38 am

Dreadful stuff and it smelt horrible.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 10:49 am

We had Bronco in our family :o Great for comb & paper concertos but not big enough for big tracings. :rolleyes:
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 10:52 am

When I was 6 and we moved to the country, we also changed from a flush loo to an Elsan arrangement whose contents were buried in the (large) garden at regular intervals. I can remember my mother explaining to me that we would have to change from the familiar Bronco hard paper to soft paper because it broke down more quickly in the soil. It is only in recent years that I have wondered why on earth we used Bronco if soft paper was available! I suspect it was less attractive and therefore more economical or perhaps it caused drain blockages (though we were in a new suburban house). Different times ;).

Oh suffs, that awful tickle when the comb was played :lol:. Must try that with GD and greaseproof.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 11:02 am

I think the soft loo paper was more expensive ... but somehow Ma managed to give us the impression that it was only used by ‘common’ folk if we complained about the Bronco and said that our friends used the softer stuff. :rolleyes:
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby scullion » November 25th, 2019, 11:04 am

i'd forgotten about the comb kazoo and its lip tickle!
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby StokeySue » November 25th, 2019, 11:34 am

The argument for the hard loo paper like izal and Bronco was that because non-absorbent it was more hygienic ( not I think true, though it was sometimes treated with disinfectant) and some people liked having the packs that dispensed single sheets

Back then it was mainly sold through chemist’s shops

Suffolk, did your Ma think the soft stuff was “common” because it came in such lurid colours? She may well have had a point :D

I remember also the early recucycled “whole meal” paper - tiny rolls, with bits of the original newspaper visible, horrible
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Seatallan » November 25th, 2019, 11:46 am

I always knew it as 'School Toilet Paper' because it was the staple bog paper at my primary school. I used to very much enjoy the comb kazoo. I wanted my mum to buy School Toilet Paper because I couldn't play comb kazoo at home. :D
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 12:04 pm

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 12:10 pm

I think it was not until a WI visit to Helmingham Hall (home of pals of the current PoW) that Ma discovered that soft loo paper was being used in the best of houses, and our lives became more comfortable. :lol:
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 12:22 pm

I had never seen or heard of the soft stuff until the move mentioned in my previous post. Now you mention it, it did seem as though there was an air of respectability about the hard stuff.
(Do you remember also that people had lavatory cloths like tea towels ... ;) ).
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 2:10 pm

Don’t remember that ... although I am aware that some very Green households use washable cloths instead of loo roll ... but what with the heating of water to wash them etc I’m not sure how ‘green’ it is.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby StokeySue » November 25th, 2019, 2:33 pm

Oh I remember the towel for wiping the toilet. Mrs S next door had one, made my mother shudder. They made special ones.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 25th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Suffs - the cloth was to 'tidy up' the seat, not to use on one's anatomy. They were often just a towel or sometimes a linen cloth with 'lavatory' printed or embroidered on it. I'm surprised you never came across them!
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 25th, 2019, 4:20 pm

I don’t remember anything like that at all ...
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Seatallan » November 25th, 2019, 4:26 pm

Me neither.

I do, however, remember when just about everyone had a crinoline knitted dolly toilet roll cover. :)
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Pepper Pig » November 25th, 2019, 5:31 pm

You mean you haven’t still got one Sea?
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Seatallan » November 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby miss mouse » November 26th, 2019, 8:06 am

'It is too expensive' was always the cry but no-one worked out how much more expensive it was or how long it lasted, were we talking about pence here or hundreds of pounds?
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Pepper Pig » November 26th, 2019, 8:18 am

Pinched from Twitter. Other misnomers, although the last is controversial.

Guinea pig (not a pig)
Cat burglar (not a cat)
Baby food (no babies in it)
Lone Ranger (always with his sidekick)
The Neverending Story (ends)
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 26th, 2019, 8:33 am

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 26th, 2019, 8:40 am

But so many things were sold in dozens :D
I’ve always found 12 to be aesthetically pleasing ... in fact it’s always been my favorite number.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 26th, 2019, 9:49 am

I found nothing aesthetically pleasing about £sd. I am useless at mental arithmetic and was thrilled when we went decimal. I quite like dozens.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Badger's mate » November 26th, 2019, 10:08 am

I was taught Imperial at home and primary school, but metric throughout my secondary education and beyond, which was largely in science. I grew up with £sd but found decimalisation straightforward (as a young teenager in 1971). Given that we weren't in the Common Market when the shilling was lost I doubt it will return. I've still got a book marked in dual pricing (25/- & £1.25)

It has made me quite comfortable with both systems. Just as happy with acres and poles as hectares and square metres. Given that my science education was in SI, I'm probably haziest at some of the cgs units, ergs & dynes, but I used Stokes at w*** and am obviously familiar with calories :D
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby StokeySue » November 26th, 2019, 10:15 am

I was a Saturday girl in Woolworths on decimal da. I still bear the scars. :lol:

As a scientist of a certain age I learned to do everything in at least two systems of measurement. I was seldom confused but I certainly confused other people
Currency, obviously

Distance in miles (still in the UK - why?) but in km all over Europe and often elsewhere

Temperatures - cooking, medical, weather, lab work in Fahrenheit then Celsius; I read a murder mystery recently in which the young Norwegian pathologist working in London recorded cadaveric temperature in F to estimate time of death. Burst out laughing - she would never have owned a F thermometer, the author must have taken it from an old copy of Simpson.

Used to do a lot of dressmaking and soft furnishings in an awful muddle of inches and centimetres (it always fitted though)

Then in science I learned SI (Système Internationale) at school because we were in the Nuffield science pilot. Then at uni they still worked in cgs (centimetre, gram, second) never did grasp the whole ergs and dynes thing, and found most of my lab colleagues worked in a mess of cgs and mks (metre,kilogram, second which isn’t quite SI)

My parent were both pharmacists and started out with prescriptions written in medical Latin and apothecaries measure (drachms, minims, scruples etc). I can read the Latin (sort of) but the only unit I know offhand is that a medicine spoon (teaspoon) is 60 minims.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby suffolk » November 26th, 2019, 10:22 am

We ‘went decimal’ two months after I married so I quickly got used to shopping with the new coinage, and as my job then involved typing solicitors’ accounts and invoices I soon got used to that side of it too.

I am happy to buy fabric etc by the metre and can visualize the amounts I need. What I struggle with is buying meat/fish/veg etc in metric amounts. Thank goodness for kind butchers, fishmongers and :kneel: greengrocers
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby earthmaiden » November 26th, 2019, 1:57 pm

It's measurements which really get me - I have no idea what inches are in centimetres. I know there are 'easy' ways of remembering - I have been told umpteen times, but my brain doesn't work like that. As a child you learn to visualise - a foot is a ruler, 1/4lb is a bag of sweets etc. That all went out of the window with the changes to decimal and I think it is harder to adopt new visualisations when grown up. If faced with visualising a yard or metre, I always think of a table we had which was exactly a yard square and go from there :oops: :oops:
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby patpoyntz » November 26th, 2019, 2:12 pm

My son and his wife have just had their first baby...7lb 9 oz....that means nothing to them and they are puzzled as to why baby weights are still routinely given in imperial measures. I told them it was because older grandmas like me can’t really visualise a baby in kilograms. Though when I was at work many moons ago, premature or very small babies were always weighed in grams
Cooking wise I have now adjusted to metric for most things, but am still a bit flummoxed by liquid measures.
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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby miss mouse » November 26th, 2019, 2:15 pm

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Re: Ingredients that confuse.

Postby Seatallan » November 26th, 2019, 2:31 pm

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