Treats From the Past. Archeologists are Recreating Recipes from 17th Century Ships.

This article is full of great insights about eating in the past.

“You can eat them?” Was the question I got from a curious high school student after learning that I have tried raccoon. At his age, I probably would have had the same reaction. Now that I am sporting a few gray hairs, I find the question pretty silly. “Sure,” I replied. “In fact you can eat about any mammal you’ll find on North America.” He looked unsure about my answer, but later replied with a smile that it “made sense.” The truth is, if he found that a bit unsettling, he would get pretty queasy after reading this article on recipes for 17th century ocean voyages.

The article is a great read for people interested in history, especially living history. A few grad students at Texas A&M have used historical records at their disposal to create some hard tack, salted meat, and beer. Not only that, but they are staying historically accurate enough to get their water untreated from rivers. I’d have to say that although this is accurate, our modern rivers have to be completely different from historic rivers. Still, it is a tip of the hat to those hard core historians doing their best to recreate the past.

The test will take course over several months and give the researchers a chance to test the food’s nutritional value. Not only that, but the team is looking forward to studying the probiotics found in the wood as well.

All in all the article is well worth the read. Hope you enjoy!


I’d love to hear whether you’d try the food in the article or not. Personally, I’d like to give the beer a try!

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