DYK: Did you know?
The kettle was never actually emptied and cleaned out. New ingredients were simply added to the muck. You always took your “square” with you when you went traveling.
Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past
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