Lye-peeling Peaches

Please give the formula for peeling peaches by dipping them in caustic

soda or lye.

Lye for peeling peaches is used at the rate of half to one pound to the

gallon of water, according to the strength of the lye, which you can

determine by the quickness with which it acts. The lye water is kept

boiling, and the fruit is dipped in wire baskets, only being allowed to

remain in the lye a few seconds, and is then plunged at once into fresh

water. You must be careful to keep the lye boiling hot, also either to

use running water for rinsing or change it very frequently, for you have

to rely on fresh water to remove the lye, or the fruit is likely to be


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