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Suet, Part Four: A Few Recipes.

While perusing several 18th century cookbooks, I’ve identified and included below a selection of recipes using suet. I chose these recipes because they seem to be fairly typical representations of food categories which commonly use suet: puddings, dumplings, pastry crusts, … Continue reading

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Suet, Part Three: Preparing it.

Suet was apparently used both raw and rendered (refined) in 18th century cooking. While some of the original recipes specified the use of rendered suet, most seemed to leave the option open.  It is fairly common for recipes to instruct the … Continue reading

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Suet, Part two: What it is, What it isn’t, and What to Look For

In my last post, I took a brief look at the important role suet had in 18th century foodways as well as in life in general. I gave an over-simplified explanation that suet is the hard fat from the loins … Continue reading

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Suet, Part One: Its role in 18th Century Foodways and Life

Scan through almost any 18th century cookbook and you will find a recurring term: Suet. Suet was an important ingredient in English cooking. It’s still used today, though it seems to have reserved its spot on British grocery shelves much more … Continue reading

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Plum Pudding

This is a wonderful variation of a plum pudding called hunter’s pudding that uses raisins for the plum. This dish was popular from the mid-18th century to the 20th century, found in British cookbooks and also popular in colonial America. … Continue reading

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Tiny Purses – Date Turnovers

This recipe is a date turnover from a 1596 cookbook called “The Good Housewife’s Jewel” called Tiny Purses. 2 cups Dates stoned 1 cup Raisins or Currants 1 tbsp. Suet or Coconut Oil 1 tsp. Ginger 1 tsp. Cinnamon 2 … Continue reading

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Oxford Kate’s Sausage Recipe

Today Michael Dragoo is helping us with an Oxford Kate sausage recipe from Martha Washington’s cookbook. Martha Washington believes this should have been called Oxford Gate sausages after a tavern located near the north gate in Oxford but may have … Continue reading

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Lemon Minced Pie

Our recipe today comes from Maria Rundell’s 1808 cookbook, “A New System of Domestic Cookery.” This is a recipe for a minced pie, but it’s a little different. It’s got a different twist on it. It’s a lemon minced pie. … Continue reading

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Bread Stuffing

This is a delicious and simple bread stuffing from Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, American Cookery. Amelia Simmons suggested stuffing the bird before you roast it, but for safety purposes, you should cook this stuffing separately. 1 pound Wheat Breadcrumb 3 Eggs well beaten … Continue reading

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Puddings in Haste!

In the 18th century, puddings were once a culinary staple of much of the western world. Many types existed but most called for long cooking times. Hasty puddings (or as they were often called “puddings in haste”) became popular for … Continue reading

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