112 directions for making syrupt, &c.
fire in a convenient vesspl till the scum arise, and
when the 6cum is taken off it is clarified.
8. The usual dose of cordial electuaries is from half
a drachm to two drachms ; of purging electuaries,
from half an ounce to an ounce.
0. The manner of keeping them is in a pot.
10. The time of taking them is either in a morning
fasting, and fasting an hour after them ; or at night
going to bed, three or four hours after supper.
.The way of making conserves is two-fold; one of
herbs and'flowers, and the other of fruits.
2. Conserves of herbs and flowers are thus made;
if you thus make your conserve of herbs, as of scurvy
grass, wormwood,' rue, and the like, take only the
leaves, and the tender tops (for you may beat your
heart out before you can beat the stalks small) and
having beaten them, weigh them, and to every pound
of them add three pounds of sugar; you cannot beat
them too much.
3. Conserves of fruits, as barberries, sloes, and the
like, are thus made : first scald the fruit, then rub
the pulp through a thick hair eieveraade forthat pur¬
pose, called a pulping sieve : you may doit for a need
with the back of a spoon, then take this pulp thus
drawn and add to it its weight of sugar, and no more;
put it into a pewter vessel and over a charcoal fire:
stir it up and down till the sugar be melted, and your
conserve is made.
4. Thus you have the way of making conserves; the
way of keeping them is in earthernpots.
5. The dose is usually the quantity of a nutmeg at
a time, morning and evening, or (unless they are pur¬
ging) when you please.
6. Of conserves, some keep many years, as conserve