Winter butter was pale, but was enhanced with carrot juice, marigold, annato, turmeric and even egg yolks for selling in the cities. "No one in the country will eat colored butter in winter except as the milk colors it." The taste and color naturally improved when the cows ate grass instead of their winter diet of hay. More on grass butter HERE
Monday, February 17, 2020
How great would it be to own a c200 year old Rumford Roaster! This Rumford Roaster, made by Elijah Fuller of Salem, was originally in an 18th century house in Peabody MA, and was working into the late 20th century; the home was demolished and the oven was saved and installed in a new house. Again removed and stored, the current owner hopes it will be used and appreciated once again.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Although there are many images of chicken ladders in Germany, HERE I haven’t seen a chicken ladder going into a tree...until recently. The photo was taken the first two decades of the 1900s on a farm in southern Monroe County, Pa. In the few writings about the pros and cons of chickens in trees, only one mentioned to "place something" for the chickens to get to the branches.
Monday, February 3, 2020
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Monday, January 6, 2020
Instead of a Twelfth Night Cake, waffles were among the holiday's foods in the 17th century, painted by Jan Steen (1626-1679). Click on picture to enlarge
Monday, December 30, 2019
Poets described the food that tenants gave to their landlords: capon at New Years, fish for Lent, fowl at Midsummer [June 24], goose at Michaelmas [Sept 29], and a capon at Christmas "for fear their lease fly loose" - lose their lease.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
An article in the Dec 14, 1850 Illustrated London News described the gathering of apples and the mills for producing cider. In 1820 over 12,200 hogsheads of Devon cider were shipped, double that amount in 1828. Farm laborers were given 3 pints a day.
Monday, December 2, 2019
Monday, November 25, 2019
Opened in 1812, Washington Market remained an extremely busy complex; by the 1860s its many buildings were "battered" and by the 1960s they were demolished. Thanksgiving Eve was packed with shoppers for turkeys.
Monday, November 18, 2019
“A drove of turkeys amounting to nearly four hundred from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania just now passed the door on their way to Washington City. They go at the rate of 8 miles per day. Saturday February 4th 1826 8 o'clock AM"
Monday, November 11, 2019
Alexis Soyer (1810-1858) was born and trained in France, became a famous chef in London, designed the Reform Club kitchen and other cooking equipment. He helped during the Irish famine, and the military during the Crimean War (which shortened his life).
Monday, November 4, 2019
Medieval acorns for pigs - from the Hours of Duc de Berry (1400s), Queen Mary Psalter (1310) and Henry VIII (c1500)
The "Labours of the Months" for November was a depiction of pigs routing under oak trees - with the bottom limbs removed - for acorns to eat before they were butchered. The great Très Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry (left) was done in the 15th century, The Hours of Henry VIII from c1500 and Queen Mary Psalter c1310 all show swineherds with sticks to get more acorns.
Monday, October 28, 2019
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Monday, October 7, 2019
In winter a pan or container of burning charcoal roasted apples or chestnuts on a tin plate as shown in 1820 by Rowlandson and described in Craig's Cries of London 1804. Sixty years later "Roasted apples used to be vended in the streets... but it is a trade which has now almost entirely disappeared."