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Propagating Wild Yeast for Reenactments


Today, if you asked 50 people about how to start a wild yeast culture for making sourdough bread, it’s likely you’ll get 100 different answers, but in reality, all it takes is a little bit of flour, some water and…

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September 29, 2017


Akara Recipe


Akara is a simple, easy to make snack that was frequently made in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dried Black-eyed Peas Onions Parsley flour Boiling water Lard First, pulverize the dried black-eyed peas into very small pieces. Add to…

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A Fanciful Yet Easy Asparagus Soup


This delicious Asparagus Soup recipe from Elizabeth Cleland’s A new and easy methods of cookery (1755). Many of this recipe's techniques, including roux, food coloring, bone broth, and court-bouillon (the ingredients boiled in the soup that are removed before eating)…

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September 28, 2017


Rye and Indian Bread


This is called Rye and Indian bread, because it’s made of part rye flour and part Indian meal or sometimes we call it cornmeal. You can use just those two grains to make the flour, or you can add wheat…

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Simple Boiled Plum Pudding


Many people hear the word pudding today and they think about some little custardy stuff in a cup or something you buy at the grocery store in a box and mix it up with some milk. Pudding has a much…

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An Onion Soup Recipe from 1801


This recipe for onion soup is out of John Mollard’s 1801 cookbook, “The Art of Cooking Made Easy and Refined”. 4 oz. Butter 4 tbsps. Flour 8 midsized Onions of choice Salt 3 qts. Beef Stock 4 Egg Yolks 1…

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A White Pot Recipe


A White Pot with Raisins and Dates Serves 1 - 6 (depending on how polite you are) The name “White Pot” originates from the Devon region of England. But this sweet, buttery custard bread pudding, layered with sweetmeats (dried fruits)…

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Master Wood Turner Erv Tschanz


In this special video, master wood turner Erv Tschanz shares his passion for the craft. Erv is one of several skilled artisans that sells handcrafted items through Jas. Townsend & Son. The treenware cherry wood plate being made in this…

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September 13, 2017


Weaver/Trapper Interview: Experiencing History Through Reenacting


We've been busy interviewing fellow reenactors for the purpose of inspiring and encouraging viewers who are interested in getting involved in historical reenacting but don't know how to begin. Today we interview Tony Baker, a weaver by trade, who has…

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Starting a Living History Group from Scratch


It took an idea and a group of friends, and it went from there. Albert Roberts tells the story of how the innovative historical interpretive group "The HMS Acasta" was born. http://ift.tt/2wQkO31 More great information! ***************************** Our Retail Website -…

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Ivy Makes A Delicious Strawberry Tart

Ivy is in the kitchen today! She is using the preserved strawberries we made in last weeks episode to make a delicious strawberry tart. You don’t want to miss this!

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Rediscovering A Lost Method Of Preserving Strawberries

Today we show you how to preserve strawberries using a long-lost method described in Amelia Simmons 1796 cookbook, “American Cookery.” You won’t believe the secret ingredient!

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Pickling Onions Made Easy!

Today we show you an excellent historical recipe for traditional pickled onions! This method is from The Housekeepers Pocketbook from 1739. You have to try this out! It’s delicious!

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The Perfect Campfire Coffee!

We are joined today by Dave Taylor, historical reenactor and expert cafelier. He blends his love for both coffee and history, and shows us how to make not only a perfect cup of coffee, but how to make it using a period-correct technique. It’s very eye-opening information!

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Is This A Delicacy? Or A Remedy?

Today we prepare a delicious dish from the 18th century — a type of food that has been virtually lost, at least in American cuisine. This dish is called a “posset.” While many possets were considered a food for the sick to assist them in their recovery, we thought this recipe was quite tasty and would make a great breakfast food. Enjoy!

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Could This Be The Yuckiest Recipe Yet?

We are often asked, “have you ever made a recipe you didn’t like?” So far we can honestly say no, but could that be about to change? Watch this video to find out!

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The Top 6 Historical Egg Preservation Techniques!

In today’s video, we explore six egg preservation methods that were used in households from the 18th century to well into the 20th century. Early tests reveal that some of these methods were incredibly effective. You won’t believe how successful the top-rated method worked!

Caveat: this video is intended to only present the methods and tests results outlined in historical texts. We have not tested these methods ourselves, and we can not guarantee similar results.

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A Soothing Herbal Tea From The 18th Century

We are preparing a very simple but soothing Herbal Tea. This comes from a 1726 cookbook written by Henry Howard. Enjoy!

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A Delicious Pistachio Turnover

Michael Dragoo is back at it! Today he’s helping us make an extremely easy and very delicious Pistachio Turnover — or “Fritter,” as it was called in the 18th Century. The recipe comes from Hannah Glasse’s 1800 Cookbook, “The Complete Confectioner.”

Helpful suggestion: most commercial pistachios are heavily salted. Soaking them in water for 15 minutes prior to mashing or grinding them will diminish some of that saltiness.

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An Easy Way To Keep Green Beans — 18th Century Food Preservation

Today is the first episode in a periodic series that focus on food preservation techniques of the 18th Century. This is a very simple way to preserve fresh green beans using only salt. Enjoy!

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