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Elizabethan Food, Drinks, and Cooking Methods
Transcript of Elizabethan Food, Drinks, and Cooking Methods
Many people saw breakfast as a meal that everyone eats at that starts the day off, whereas, dinner was a meal that you could discuss you day with and many poor and/or middle class people enjoy this time.
Breakfast was served between six o'clock and seven o'clock in the morning.
Breakfast was considered the hardiest meal of the day.
Some foods that were eaten as breakfast were eggs (eaten sunny side up or scrambled), pancakes, and manchets with butter (bread). Dinner: The Favorite Meal Dinner was a very important meal to Elizabethan families.
Meats were considerably one of the foods that Elizabethan people were fastidious about.
On certain days, or during religious holidays such as Lent or Advent, meat was strictly forbidden to eat. Some of the meats that were cooked and prepared, were fish, powedered (salted) beef, mutton, and turkey.
As an alternative to the plethora of unappetizing foods, guests were offered marrow (from the bones of animals) on toast.
Dinner was served between twelve o'clock noon, to two o'clock in the afternoon. (Our Lunch) Did you know that some days you couldn't eat meat? These days were Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. WOW! F
G Supper: The "How Was Your Day?" Meal This was a lighter meal that would keep one full overnight until breakfast the next day.
Food and Drinks were generally served between six o'clock and seven o'clock in the evening.
Supper was accompanied by various forms of entertainment.
People would often go to bed after this meal.
(Sounds like the "itis" many people get after the first Thanksgiving meal.) Fun Fact: November was known as the "Blood Month", because that was the month when animals were slaughtered. Due to lack of refrigeration, meat was often eaten in feasts. Drinks People of the Elizabethean era were limited in choices when it came to drinks.
At this time water was considered to be unclean, so the main beverages that were consumed were wine, and ale.
Only people of the higher class would be able to drink all sorts of wines, ales, and beers; but a person of a lower class would only be able to drink the ales. Seldom did they get the chance to drink beer.
Also, in this time, most drinks had alcohol in them. However the alcohol content was low and people weren't always drunk. Cooking Methods Cooking methods that were used in the Elizabethan era were spit roasting, salting, frying, baking, and smoking.
Spit Roasting- A spit (a pole) is guided through an animal (i.e. pig, rabbit, deer, etc.) and the meat is cooked over an open fire.
Salting- There was not a form of refrigeration, so salt was put on meat to preserve it for a later purpose. Salt was also used to prepare foods like salted cod (cod is fish) and salt-cured meat.
Frying, baking, and smoking, are all pretty much self explanitory. They are the most common ways to cook food now. Conclusion Food played an important role in the society of the Elizabethan era. One's social status also played an important role, determining what type of food you would get, and how much you would recieve. Different methods that were used then are also still used in some parts of the world today. THE END