Subject: Spice help beforte Ti this weekend!
My mom asked me to ask you guys if any of you know what type of
spices would have been around in the 18 c. and how were they stored?
Were the root plants ground up or kept as whole roots. Where they
kept in little bags or glasses or what. Any help before this weekend
would be awesome. Thanks
Nicole (& List)
Many root foods were stored in multiple containers. You have heard "one bad
apple will spoil the lot"? Well, it is true. Several baskets of apples
stored away from one another could protect the others if one basket becomes
String beans can be stored when preserved. (Today they are called green
beans because the stringy back spine has been bred out.) To preserve them,
place a layer of string beans on the bottom of a crock. Add a layer of salt.
Add a layer of string beans. Add a layer of salt. Continue until the crock
is near full. Place a close-fitting plate inverted on top of the top layer.
Place a brick or stone on top of that. When under this pressure, the salt
will pull the moisture out of the string beans creating a brine. Your string
beans, preserved in the brine, will keep at least until your next crop.
To serve, remove the desired quantity from the crock, pour off the moisture,
and soak the string beans in fresh water. After a couple of hours, drain off
the salty water, and again soak in fresh water. Continue this process
several times, until the string beans no longer taste too salty. Prepare in
whatever fashion you desire.
Salt - keep it dry.
Pepper was an expensive spice. Peppercorn was imported from Africa, at a
location which sea captains kept secret in order to keep the supply small
and prices high. Preserving peppercorn requires no special effort, beyond
keeping it dry. Uncracked peppercorns can be stored for 100 years with
little loss of flavor. Once the hull is cracked, or the pepper is ground, it
will lose flavor in a relatively short time. By the way, white pepper is the
same peppercorn, but with the hull is cracked and removed before grinding.
White pepper lacks the bite found in black pepper. The bite is in the hull.
Sugar was sold in cones. Sugar nippers were found in most kitchens. Sugar
and rum were imported from the tropical islands.
I hope this helps answer your question.
Your Most Humble & Obedient Servant,