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Object Name Booklet
Title The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts with Instructions
Catalog Number 98.37.431
Scope & Content 1915 booklet: "The Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Receipts with Instructions" (Mark 16 - Edition H)
Search Terms Ball Blue Books
Date 1915
Imagefile 072\9837431.JPG
Notes In taking a tour group through Oakhurst recently, I discovered that it is not well-known, even among our staff, that the Ball Blue Book had its beginnings in the kitchen of that house. I thought that everyone ought to have this knowledge as a resource for helping to entertain and inform our guests.

The following is abstracted from Bill Brantley's "A Collector's Guide to Ball Jars," page 21. This book was published in 1975, when Elisabeth Ball was still living, so her story would have been a first-person account:

The forerunner to today's Blue Book was first compiled and written in 1905. Miss Elisabeth Ball, daughter of George A. Ball and his wife, Frances Woodworth Ball, was "present at the creation," as she put it in a recent conversation.

"Father wrote all of the directions, Mother gathered all of the recipes from her own files, from her family and from friends so she knew all of them had been tried or used and were satisfactory." Miss Ball said.

"I was about eight years of age and was quite proud and thrilled that Father and Mother were doing something very good."

"We did quite a little doing here in our kitchen to try out the recipes and the methods to know they were all right."

'"It was largely a family affair, Father wanted to be absolutely sure that everything in the book was correct. I so wish I had of copy of it today."

"Later there were many requests for recipes not included in the book so Father finally turned it over to a professional cook. He insisted on the testing which has continued to this day." Miss Ball recalled.

If you use this story, you might include the fact the Minnetrista Heritage Collection includes the largest and most complete set of Blue Books in existence.

Dick Cole

Caption 1915, Book 16, Edition H front cover