15 Odd Colonial American Foods You Wouldn’t Touch

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Posset: Posset was a rich and creamy custard dessert during the colonial American period. And when mixed with ale, it would become a drink. It was an especially popular drink to serve at weddings. Do I smell the beginning of egg nog?

Calf’s Foot Jelly: The gelatin created the jelly that would appear when boiling the hoof. It was believed that calf’s foot jelly was good for healing sick people.

Stewed Swan: In the Colonial period, people were more open to eating a wider variety of meat, including swan. Originally an English dish, stewed swan became a popular dish in Medieval Europe.

Pepper Cake: Doesn’t eating a six-month-old cake sound yummy?!? Colonial America had just introduced pepper spice, brought in from India. The elite would incorporate the spice into their cooking to show their status. It even went into the cake and other desserts. But here’s the problem: Pepper cake was meant to last for “a Quarter or Halfe a Year.”

Squirrel: Once the squirrels were caught, they were toasted, gutted, tied up, and roasted. They were even cooked in pastries as well. If they were made into a pie, it was served with a wild duck sauce…But what we wanna know is: how on earth did they catch them?!?

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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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