QUIZ: This 1950s Home Economics Quiz is Authentic

Home Economics classes have changed a lot since the days of poodle skirts and bobby socks. Tasks like threading a needle and putting a place setting on the dining room table used to be common knowledge for students, but today that isn’t the case. Etiquette skills like proper posture and conversational skills were also taught to young students and school kids of today might not know any of these rules of society.

 

 

Home Economics classes have changed a lot since the days of poodle skirts and bobby socks. Tasks like threading a needle and putting a place setting on the dining room table used to be common knowledge for students, but today that isn’t the case. Etiquette skills like proper posture and conversational skills were also taught to young students and school kids of today might not know any of these rules of society.

 

 

Which type of vinegar is the best to use for cleaning?

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Malt vinegar

A recipe asks for julienne carrots. What does that mean?

  • Steam until fork tender
  • Create short, thin strips
  • Dice into small cubes
  • Keep carrots raw and crunchy

Correct! To julienne is to prepare food by cutting it into thin strips that’s about an eighth of an inch wide. It is also known as a French cut and is often made using a culinary knife.

Correct! To julienne is to prepare food by cutting it into thin strips that’s about an eighth of an inch wide. It is also known as a French cut and is often made using a culinary knife.

Which pan would bake a cake in this shape?

  • Bread pan
  • Bundt pan
  • Griddle
  • Wok

Shirts should be ________ before washing.

  • Buttoned
  • Unbuttoned
  • Ironed
  • Folded

How many ounces are in a gallon?

  • 24
  • 36
  • 64
  • 128

Which food might “fall” if not prepared correctly?

  • Risotto
  • Ratatouille
  • Lemonade
  • Souffle

Which tool is used to puree food?

  • Spatula
  • Food mill
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick pan

Which food would have a lattice?

  • Bacon
  • Soup
  • Pie
  • Cheese

A pressure cooker cooks foods…

  • Very slowly
  • With high heat
  • More quickly
  • With light

How far in advance should party invitations be sent out?

  • 7 days
  • 10 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 1 month

Which food item will help remove chewed gum from hair?

  • Almond Milk
  • Syrup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rotisserie Chicken

Correct! An open jar of peanut butter stays fresh for about three months in a cool, dark pantry, which is more than enough time for most peanut butter lovers to consume it. On the other hand, placing it in the fridge prevents oil separation but can make the peanut butter rock-hard.

Correct! An open jar of peanut butter stays fresh for about three months in a cool, dark pantry, which is more than enough time for most peanut butter lovers to consume it. On the other hand, placing it in the fridge prevents oil separation but can make the peanut butter rock-hard.

What are stitches that are visible on the outside of clothes like jeans called?

  • Backstitch
  • Topstitch
  • Farstitch
  • Outstitch

Correct! Topstich is a sewing technique where the stitching line is designed to be seen from the outside of a garment either for functional or decorative purposes like the topstitching of the back pockets of your jeans.

Correct! Topstich is a sewing technique where the stitching line is designed to be seen from the outside of a garment either for functional or decorative purposes like the topstitching of the back pockets of your jeans.

What’s the best way to butter a slice of bread?

  • Butter the entire piece at once
  • Butter small sections as eaten
  • Melt the butter in a bowl and then dip the bread
  • Avoid using butter, it’s unhealthy

Correct! Instead of buttering the entire slice, simply tear off a bite-size piece of bread. Hold the piece with your fingers and use the knife to butter it. Then repeat with the remaining pieces of bread.

Correct! Instead of buttering the entire slice, simply tear off a bite-size piece of bread. Hold the piece with your fingers and use the knife to butter it. Then repeat with the remaining pieces of bread.

In what order should dishes be washed?

  • Glass, Silver, China, Utensils
  • China, Utensils, Glass, Silver
  • Silver, Glass, Utensils, China
  • Utensils, China, Silver, Glass

Correct! Crystal and glassware should always go first. Otherwise, you'll end up making them greasy and dirty if you wash your pots and pans first. And make sure to drain the dishwater tub and rinse only six pieces of dishware at a time using hot water from the tap.

Correct! Crystal and glassware should always go first. Otherwise, you'll end up making them greasy and dirty if you wash your pots and pans first. And make sure to drain the dishwater tub and rinse only six pieces of dishware at a time using hot water from the tap.

Which food item should always be rinsed before preparing?

  • Ahi Tuna
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Eggs
  • Chicken Breast

Correct! Although egg shells have a micro membrane coating called bloom to keep the inside safe from microbes and pollutants, there is the potential for bacteria to form on the surface of an egg. So, you should always wash it first.

Correct! Although egg shells have a micro membrane coating called bloom to keep the inside safe from microbes and pollutants, there is the potential for bacteria to form on the surface of an egg. So, you should always wash it first.

When ironing a linen shirt, on which side should the iron be placed?

  • Don’t Iron linen
  • Either side is okay
  • The right side
  • The left side

Correct! Regardless of what side of the iron you use, you should dampen the linen shirt with a spray bottle of water. When you pass the hot iron over the clothes, it will create a good quality steam that will get rid of wrinkles.

Correct! Regardless of what side of the iron you use, you should dampen the linen shirt with a spray bottle of water. When you pass the hot iron over the clothes, it will create a good quality steam that will get rid of wrinkles.

It looks like a metal ornament, but it actually serves a useful purpose when dealing with hot dishes. What is this called?

  • A Trivet
  • A Stove-Top Burner
  • A Decorative Plate
  • A Place Setting

Correct! A trivet is an object placed between a bowl or serving dish and the dining table to protect the table or the tablecloth from possible heat damage.

Correct! A trivet is an object placed between a bowl or serving dish and the dining table to protect the table or the tablecloth from possible heat damage.

What is the best way to check the temperature on a baby’s formula?

  • Sprinkle drops on the inside of the wrist
  • Let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes
  • Take a sip
  • Splash it on someone’s face

Correct! Baby formula should always be body temperature, meaning it should either feel warm or cool, but not hot. So, if you test the temperature of the formula on the inside of your wrist and it burns, then wait for it to cool before feeding your child.

Correct! Baby formula should always be body temperature, meaning it should either feel warm or cool, but not hot. So, if you test the temperature of the formula on the inside of your wrist and it burns, then wait for it to cool before feeding your child.

What is the most important meal of the day?

  • All three are important
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast

Correct! Breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period and replenishes your body’s supply of glucose to boost your energy levels while providing you with the necessary nutrients required to maintain your overall health.

Correct! Breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period and replenishes your body’s supply of glucose to boost your energy levels while providing you with the necessary nutrients required to maintain your overall health.

A button has fallen off a shirt. Which sewing step would happen first?

  • Creating a shank
  • Double-knotting the needle
  • Completing an edgestitch
  • Creating an anchor point

Correct! When sewing, you must first create an anchor point. This allows you to keep the thread from pulling out of your first stitches without having a knot or a bulky section of thread.

Correct! When sewing, you must first create an anchor point. This allows you to keep the thread from pulling out of your first stitches without having a knot or a bulky section of thread.

If a recipe asks for a “T” of vanilla extract, how much vanilla should be used?

  • A Tenth
  • A Thimble
  • A Teaspoon
  • A Tablespoon

Correct! While it’s more commonly referred to as a tbsp in a lot of cookbooks and online recipes, it is also referred to as a capital “T”. It can also be referred to as a dessertspoon as well.

Correct! While it’s more commonly referred to as a tbsp in a lot of cookbooks and online recipes, it is also referred to as a capital “T”. It can also be referred to as a dessertspoon as well.

Which task does a can of starch help perform?

  • Plumbing
  • Polishing
  • Ironing
  • Painting

Correct! Spraying your clothes with starch allows the iron to glide faster and sets the fabric so you don’t have to iron your clothes over the same area over and over again.

Correct! Spraying your clothes with starch allows the iron to glide faster and sets the fabric so you don’t have to iron your clothes over the same area over and over again.

Which ingredient is needed to make a roux?

  • Butter
  • Gelatin
  • Red Wine
  • Flour

Correct! A roux consists of flour and butter that’s cooked on a stove top and blended until it becomes smooth and brown. The roux is then used to thicken sauces. But some cooks might choose to replace the butter with bacon drippings or lard.

Correct! A roux consists of flour and butter that’s cooked on a stove top and blended until it becomes smooth and brown. The roux is then used to thicken sauces. But some cooks might choose to replace the butter with bacon drippings or lard.

What is a grandmother’s method for soothing a sore throat, which has also been medically proven to work?

  • Sucking on ice cubes
  • Drinking orange pulp
  • Gargling with warm salt water
  • Rubbing an onion onto feet

Correct! The salt pulls the mucus out of the swollen, inflamed tissue and helps relieve the discomfort. It also helps sooth a scratchy throat. So, combine 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounce of warm water next time your throat starts to hurt.

Correct! The salt pulls the mucus out of the swollen, inflamed tissue and helps relieve the discomfort. It also helps sooth a scratchy throat. So, combine 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounce of warm water next time your throat starts to hurt.

How often should smoke detectors be tested?

  • Monthly
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Yearly

Correct! Smoke detectors should be tested at regular intervals, preferably once a month. To test it, all you have to do is press and hold the “test” button for a second. The smoke alarm will begin to beep, but if it doesn’t then you should change the battery and test it again.

Correct! Smoke detectors should be tested at regular intervals, preferably once a month. To test it, all you have to do is press and hold the “test” button for a second. The smoke alarm will begin to beep, but if it doesn’t then you should change the battery and test it again.

How many hours of sleep should a six-year-old get per night?

  • 10 Hours
  • 8 Hours
  • 12 Hours
  • 6 Hours

Correct! Children at this age typically go to bed around 8 or 9 p.m. and wake up anywhere between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Children who get an adequate amount of sleep have improved behavior, learning, memory, attention and overall mental and physical health.

Correct! Children at this age typically go to bed around 8 or 9 p.m. and wake up anywhere between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Children who get an adequate amount of sleep have improved behavior, learning, memory, attention and overall mental and physical health.

What should be checked to determine the best value price at the grocery store?

  • Sale price
  • List Price
  • Unit Price
  • Reduced Price

Correct! To calculate the unit price, divide the cost of the product by the quantity you’re getting or check the shelf label. Then, compare the unit prices of 2 or more packages of the same product to see which has the better value.

Correct! To calculate the unit price, divide the cost of the product by the quantity you’re getting or check the shelf label. Then, compare the unit prices of 2 or more packages of the same product to see which has the better value.

The chef stepped away from the stove for a moment and now small flames are sparking around the oil in the pan. What is this dangerous stage called?

  • Emergency Point
  • Flash Point
  • Fire Point
  • Smoke Point

Correct! The flash point is the point where little flames start to dance on the surface of the oil. This occurs around 600°F and it doesn’t take long for fat to reach this point after reaching its smoke point.

Correct! The flash point is the point where little flames start to dance on the surface of the oil. This occurs around 600°F and it doesn’t take long for fat to reach this point after reaching its smoke point.

The bathroom and kitchen sinks are full of mold. What substance should be used to get rid of it?

  • Detergent
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Bleach

Correct! Mix one cup of bleach in a gallon of water and apply to the surface of the area where the mold is. You can also add some dish soap to the mix to help the bleach penetrate porous surfaces. Then rinse.

Correct! Mix one cup of bleach in a gallon of water and apply to the surface of the area where the mold is. You can also add some dish soap to the mix to help the bleach penetrate porous surfaces. Then rinse.

How should laundry be separated before it is stuck in the washer?

  • By Color
  • By Favorites
  • By Age
  • By Clothing Type

Correct! When washing, it’s important to separate your light, dark and medium clothes as highly saturated color clothes will likely bleed in the washer, especially if you’re washing them for the first time.

Correct! When washing, it’s important to separate your light, dark and medium clothes as highly saturated color clothes will likely bleed in the washer, especially if you’re washing them for the first time.

Which would be prepared first while hosting a dinner party?

  • Steaks
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Salad
  • Drinks

Correct! Consider serving salad on individual plates and make sure that the ingredients are fresh and that their appearance is appetizing to the eyes as well as the stomach.

Correct! Consider serving salad on individual plates and make sure that the ingredients are fresh and that their appearance is appetizing to the eyes as well as the stomach.

What’s the quickest way to fix a zipper that’s stuck and won’t budge?

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Fabric Softener
  • Water and Soap
  • Glass Cleaner

Correct! Spray the pull tab and the surrounding zipper teeth with glass cleaner with just one pump. Wait a moment for the liquid to work on whatever residue that’s causing the zipper to stick. Then, move the zipper back and forth along the teeth gently until it frees itself.

Correct! Spray the pull tab and the surrounding zipper teeth with glass cleaner with just one pump. Wait a moment for the liquid to work on whatever residue that’s causing the zipper to stick. Then, move the zipper back and forth along the teeth gently until it frees itself.

Salmonella is particularly dangerous when cooking which food?

  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Macaroni
  • Chicken

Correct! Salmonella has a way of sneaking its way into chicken when its improperly handled or stored raw. The best way to prevent this is to cook the chicken to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and also washing your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching anything else.

Correct! Salmonella has a way of sneaking its way into chicken when its improperly handled or stored raw. The best way to prevent this is to cook the chicken to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and also washing your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching anything else.

A recipe is asking for 16 cups of milk but the measuring cup just broke. Which volume equals 16 cups?

  • One quart
  • One gallon
  • One pound
  • One pint

Correct! A gallon is the same as 16 cups, 8 pints or 4 quarts and is considered the largest liquid measurement. To convert gallons to cups, you can multiply the gallon value by 16, which makes this an easy measuring solution until you get a new measuring cup.

Correct! A gallon is the same as 16 cups, 8 pints or 4 quarts and is considered the largest liquid measurement. To convert gallons to cups, you can multiply the gallon value by 16, which makes this an easy measuring solution until you get a new measuring cup.

What is the first thing to do in the morning?

  • Open a window
  • Hit snooze
  • Eat breakfast
  • Make the bed

How often should toilets be cleaned?

  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Once a day
  • Every time they are used

How often should the kitchen sink be washed?

  • Once a day
  • Every time the dishes are done
  • Once a week
  • Once a month

Finish this phrase: “Table manners tend to match the _________.”

  • Table
  • Host
  • Meal
  • Holiday

Before sitting at the dinner table, diners should stand behind their chair until this person takes their seat.

  • The chef
  • The oldest person
  • The hostess
  • The youngest person

People should always sit and rise from this side of their chair:

  • The right side
  • Either side is fine
  • The left side
  • Whichever side is closer to the kitchen

Which one of these foods should be sifted?

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Mayonnaise

Which one of these things should be basted?

  • Chicken
  • Cake
  • Coffee
  • Rice

Finish this dish: ______-upside down cake

  • Key Lime
  • Pumpkin
  • Rhubarb
  • Pineapple

What should be done to potatoes to make sure they cook evenly?

  • Microwave before baking
  • Cut into similar-sized pieces
  • Puree before cooking
  • Remove the skins

Which vacuum brand was the most popular in the 1950s?

  • Dyson
  • Hoover
  • Shark
  • Kenmore

Which ingredient will help remove sweat stains from clothing?

  • Wine
  • Ketchup
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

Which order should clothes be ironed in?

  • Clothes that need the lowest heat setting to the highest
  • Clothes that need the highest heat setting to the lowest
  • Smallest clothes to biggest
  • Biggest clothes to smallest

Which of these ingredients can be used to clean copper?

  • Hand soap
  • Bleach
  • Ketchup
  • Olive oil

Which food should be kept in a box?

  • Eggs
  • Pot roast
  • Bread
  • Salad

What is the traditional usage for clothespins?

  • To keep laundry on a line to dry
  • Puppet shows
  • Arts and crafts
  • Holding a person’s nose shut

Which tool is used to tenderize meat?

  • Whisk
  • Tupperware
  • Mallet
  • Brush

How many times should a steak be flipped?

  • Once
  • Twice
  • Three times
  • Four times

How should egg whites be added to cake batter?

  • Using a fork
  • Using a blender
  • Whip them in quickly
  • Fold them in carefully

Which test is done while making jelly to make sure it is ready?

  • Sheet test
  • Stick test
  • Blend test
  • Shine test

Home Economics classes are a branch of which field of study?

  • Human Ecology
  • Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry

How many cups of vegetables should a person eat per day?

  • 2
  • 2 1/2
  • 3
  • 4

What does the Italian cooking method “al forno” mean?

  • With cheese
  • Boiled
  • With basil
  • Cooked in the oven

Which cooking appliance wasn’t yet available in the 1950s?

  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven

Which object should no be placed on a coffee table?

  • Serving plate
  • Fruit bowl
  • Note pad
  • A book

The 50/30/20 budget rule states that 50% of income should be put to __________, 30% of income should be put to __________, and 20% of income should be put to __________.

  • Savings, wants, needs
  • Wants, savings, needs
  • Needs, savings, wants
  • Needs, wants, savings