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Elizabethan Era Food

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Clare Dolan

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Elizabethan Food in high society families Drink No Water? In the Elizabethan era, even the richest families did not have water Instead of water the people of high society drank:
Mead
Wine (ex. malmsey or sherry)
Beer (usually flat with extra flavor added) Wines were sweet because honey was added to the majority of them Flavours include pepper, ivy, and rosemary Most brewing was done by the families drinking the ale The richest people would have their servents brew their ale and add the spices for them. Appearance Breads Although everyone in the Elizabethan era ate bread, there was a clear distinction between the good bread and the bad bread. The wealthy ate bread made of wheat The wheat came from poorer farmers who ate bread made from rye or berley Only high class houses had ovens, therefore were able to have their bread made fresh everyday by their servents. Bread was a food that was eaten with every meal and as a snack. In the Elizabethan era props were essential for any feast in the high society. Props People in the highest society classes of the Elizabethan era had feasts regularly for their family and friends. They were very frequent and very impressive. The most commonly used prop for feasts was peacock feathers. They were easy to come across, as peacocks were kept close for their meat and conviently their feathers. Food Arrangement Having full animal bodies cooked and in the middle of the table was a popular occurance at feasts. Animals such as pigs would be spit roasted and put as the center piece. Diet Vegetables were called herbs at the time. The rich for the most part refused to eat vegetables, and lived mostly off of dairy, meat, and some fruit. Fruits and vegetables were rarely found in an upper class home. When they were found mostly in pies or preserved honey. Unlike the poor, they didn't eat much stew or porridge, therefore they did not get as much vegetables. This diet lacks Vitamin C. Bibliography "Elizabethan Era Food and Drink L England Economic and Social Class." The Lost Colony - National Outdoor Theatre. 07 Mar. 2007. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. http://thelostcolony.org/education/Students/History/Elizabethan_Food.htm
NOTES:
All information sources are cited. Information about everyday life, meals, diets, and recipes.

Singman, Jeffrey L. "Daily Life In The Elizabethan Era." GaleNet. Feb. 2011. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. http://find.galegroup.com/gps/retrieve.do?contentSet=IAC-Documents
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Recent magazine article. Information about the society and their attitude towards their food.

Grant, Neil, and Paola Ravaglia. The Atlas of the Renaissance World. Columbus, OH: Peter Bedrick, 2003. Print
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Reliable information about society classes in the Elizabethan era, and the quality of the food they could afford. Non-fiction series of books that are still being published over North America.

Chrisp, Peter. Shakespeare:. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000. Print
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Part of the Eyewitness series that has published several books on various non-fictional topics about the renaissance time period.
NOTE: If you are looking for the information on Diet and Drink, either play the presentation and the path will take you there OR zoom in on the R in Drink and the top left corner of the picture in Diet. Meat Meat was eaten the most out of all other foods in the Elizabethan era. In the Elizabethan era, since there were no freezers it was difficult to preserve food. In the winter it was easy enough to keep the meat cold but salt was still the most common use of preservation. Since a lot of salt was put on the meats, cooks covered up this taste with spices like pepper or mustard The most common meats for the wealthy were:
Pork
Lamb
Beef
Goat
Some fowl when the hunting wasn't good
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