walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

I'm starting to seriously love Questia

I got access to Albala's _Food in Early Modern Europe_. This is that definition of Early Modern that involves the sixteenth century, just for reference purposes. If these people had enough ice to put ice buckets on the table to keep the water cold and earthenware things like that saki glassware that lets you put ice in one part to keep the stuff cold without diluting it -- and apparently they _did_ -- their cold storage rooms must have been _cold_.

Asserting that these people didn't have refrigeration is dippy. They _did_ have refrigeration. It just involved hauling ice around, rather than electricity.

Yeah. Meat pies. I _would_ believe that potted meats would keep in the fridge for a year, altho I would also expect to be craving through layers of mold after a month or so.

ETA: I told R., incorrectly, that poorer folk would never be preserving anything. I was dead wrong. Apparently if you had a chimney, and at any point laid hands on some meat, you might hang it in the chimney and let it smoke there. Which makes a lot of sense, but I had no idea.

ETAYA: Albala's book is Clarkson's first reference in her "Select Bibliography"
Tags: food, geekitude, not-a-book-review
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