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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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Brawn, how to make a Collar.

Take a fat Brawn of two or three years growth and bone the sides; cut off the head close to the ears, and cut five Collars of a side, bone the hinder-leg, or else five will not be deep enough; cut the Collars an inch deeper on the belly than on the back, because the belly will shrink more in the boiling; make your Collars very even before you bind them up, not big at one end, and small at the other, but fill them equally, and lay them a-soaking in fair water; be sure that they be watered two days before you bind them up, shift and scrape them twice a day in that time, then bind them up with white tape; having your Boiler ready with the water boiling put in your Collars of the biggest bulk first, a quarter | | 124 of an hour before those which are less. Boil them an hour with a quick fire, keeping the Boiler continually filled up with warm clean liquor and scum the fat clean off as it riseth. After an hour, let it boil still, but more leisurely; being fine and tender boiled, so that you may thrust a straw through it, draw your fire, and let your Brawn remain till the next morning; between hot and cold, put your Brawn into moulds of deep hoops, and bind them about with packthread; when cold take them out and put them into souce made of boil'd Oatmeal ground or beaten, and bran boil'd in fair water, which you must strain through a Cullender when it is cold, into that thing you intend to lay your Brawn; then put salt thereunto, and close up the mouth of the Vessel from the Air. When you use it, dish it up with a sprig of Rosemary on the top, dipt in the white of an Egg well beaten to froth, sprinkled with flower, or with a straight sprig of Ew-tree.