School: An Scairbh (B.)

Location:
Scarriff, Co. Clare
Teacher:
Seosamh Mac Siúrdáin

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How Starch is Made

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0591, Page 144

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How starch is made.
Some people in this district still make starch. My mother used to make it when she was young. This is how it is done. First a good pot of clean potatoes are got. They are grated and put into a bucket of clean water. They are left there for about three hours. Then the water is strained out of the bucket and fresh water put instead of it. Water is put in and taken out until after being left in the bucket for about three hours it is pure and clean. Then that water is thrown out and the grated potatoes put out on the grass to bleach. They are left there for about three days. Then the starch is ready for use. It is as good as the starch that people buy, but it takes too long to make it.

Collector
Domhnaill Mac an Aircinnigh
Gender
male
Address
Tingaree, Co. Clare
Informant
(name not given)
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Age
58
Language
English