Foods of the 1780s to 1880s

By Shane and Jacob

Link to final project


List of Foods

  • Salt cured beef or ham
  • Rabbit
  • Quail
  • Pigeon
  • Goose
  • Fish
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • The vegetables would have been grown in their own gardens and would have been much the same as we eat today , with the addition of dandelion greens , wild onions , and wild crease salad to be cooked like turnip greens .
  • Wheat was ground and made into flower just as it is today and they would have mixed it with fat or lard and milk to make bread . Corn would have been used in the same way so there would have been corn bread witch was More abundant and use more for bread by the masses .
  • Fruit that was not local grown such as apples , peaches , pears ,strawberries and other assorted berries , Mellon's , ect . Were imported from England and would have been shipped , they were very expensive and only available to the wealthy . Fruits such as Oranges ect were brought by ship from Florida or the west Indies and were also expensive .

When did they eat?

  • Breakfast was eaten early if you were poor, but later if you were rich. Lunch was not a meal. Instead they called it Dinner, which was normally the middle-day meal. Supper was the evening meal. It was usually a light meal.

What did they eat?

  • At Breakfast they drank cider or beer and gulped down a bowl of porridge that had been cooking slowly all night over the embers...In the towns, the usual mug of alcoholic beverage consumed upon rising was followed by cornmeal mush and molasses with more cider or beer.
  • Here might be found coffee, tea or chocolate, wafers, muffins, toasts, and a butter dish and knife.
  • The southern poor ate cold turkey washed down with old cider.
  • In the 1850s, Kolaches were brought to America by the Czechslovakian immigrants.

How did they cook and preserve the foods?

  • Wealthy people sometimes had underground cellars packed with ice and straw, offering "natural" cooling space.
  • Most people in the 17/1800s still relied on ancient preservation methods which were not temperature-dependent.
  • Drying, dehydrating, canning & salting.

Guiding questions

  • How did they cook and preserve the foods?
  • What did they eat?
  • When did they eat?

Search terms, tags

  • Cooking in 1700s
  • Cooking in 1800s
  • 1700s Food
  • 1800s Food
  • How food was prepared in the 1700s
  • How food was prepared in the 1800s
  • 19th Century Food
  • 18th Century Food

Resource Used

Project proposal

  • For our project, we are going to make an informational iMovie. We will include pictures and around six slides. We will also switch off recording our voices and show examples of foods.

Other links

pirates of the 1700s
Foods of the 1800s