I found this in an
old cookbook. It was from an old Army publication printed during the Apache
Wars in the 1880ís.
Cut a piece of
crusty bread, about a 1/4 pound in weight, place it upon a toasting-fork, and
hold it about six inches from fire; turn it often, and keep moving it gently
until of a light-yellow color, then place it nearer the fire, and when of a
good brown chocolate color, put it in a jug and pour over 3 pints of boiling
water; cover the jug until cold, then train it into a clean jug, and it is
ready to use.
Never leave the
toast in it, for in summer it would cause fermentation in a short time.
A piece of apple, slowly toasted till it gets quite black and added
to the above, makes a very nice and refreshing drink for invalids.