15 Odd Colonial American Foods You Wouldn’t Touch

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Turtle Soup: Turtle soup was a dish wealthy families would eat in colonial America, France, and Britain. Don’t turtles carry salmonella? They were cooked in butter and wine, making it a rich and heavy dish.

Pigeon: In both the 17th and 18th centuries, pigeon was a dish for wealthy households because it took lots of preparation to make. But lower-classes weren’t left out. If a family couldn’t afford pigeons, pigeon pies were an option. It just wasn’t made from the best parts of the pigeon.

Eel Pie: Yes, we’re talking about the sea creature. The Colonial America era was big on eel pie, especially in New England. Back then, they would use lobsters as bait in the eel traps. Though people ate eel in various ways, the pie was a fan favorite.

English Katchup: No, we don’t mean ketchup! It was an Asian-inspired sauce made of anchovies, mushrooms, walnuts, and oysters. It was used as a sauce for meat or fish dishes.

Lobster: I know what you’re thinking…What is this delicious crustacean doing on this list? Back then, lobster was associated with the lower classes of society. It was the cheapest thing to buy and was a food source to feed slaves and prisoners.

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  1. The squirrels were hunted and shot with small caliber flintlock rifles (32 cal or smaller ) ie squirrel guns or muskets loaded with shot. Squirrels were competitors with pigs for the nuts and seeds in the forests. Hunting them today is still very popular!

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