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Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan
Recipe

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  • Cooking method for Boiled Mutton
  • Boiled Mutton  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Have fun reading this Boiled Mutton old recipe
  • What food people ate during the Renaissance era

Picture of Hannah Woolley Recipe Book

 
 

Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe

To boil a Neck of Mutton
Boil it in water and salt, then make sauce for it with Samphire and a little of the Broth, Verjuice, large Mace, Pepper and Onion, the yolks of hard Eggs minced, some sweet herbs and a little salt, let these boil together half an hour or more: Then beat it up with Butter and Limon; then dish your Meat upon Sippets, and pour it on.

 
 
 
Garnishing Boiled Mutton

Garnish your Dish with the hard Whites of Eggs and Parsley minced together, with sliced Limon, so serve it; thus you may dress a Leg or a Brest of Mutton if you please.

Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe

The above Old recipe is taken from for Boiled Mutton is written in totally different way to today's recipe books.

 
  • There were no lists of ingredients - these were included as part of the text
  • Food and ingredient measurements were extremely basic - quantities were not often specified.
  • Temperature control was difficult and therefore not specified.
  • Cooking times were vague - and left to the cook to decide.
  • It was assumed that the reader would already have some knowledge of cooking

The History of the Recipe Book

  • Some of the language might be referred to as 'Olde English'
  • The art of cooking and the recipe was passed verbally from one generation to the next
  • The first printed book ever to be published in English was in 1474.
  • Most Elizabethan women were unable to read.
  • The idea of a Recipe Book was an entirely new concept
  • The first Recipe Books to be printed in England which included many old Elizabethan and Medieval recipes were called:

    • 1545 - 'A Propre new booke of Cokery'
    • 1588 - 'The Good Huswifes Handmaid for Cookerie in her kitchen'
    • 1596 - 'The Good Hyswife's Jewell'
    • 1610 'Mrs. Sarah Longe her Receipt Booke'

 

Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe

The above Old recipe is taken from the book by Hannah Woolley (1622-1675) printed at the White Lion in Duck-Lane, near West-Smithfield, London in 1672 entitled:

The Queen-like Closet
OR
RICH CABINET
Scored with all manner of
RARE RECEIPTS
FOR
Preserving, Candying and Cookery

 

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Boiled Mutton Old Elizabethan Recipe

  • Ingredients for Boiled Mutton - an Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Cooking method for Boiled Mutton
  • Free Boiled Mutton  - Old Elizabethan Recipe
  • Have fun reading this Boiled Mutton old recipe
  • What food people ate during the Renaissance era
  • The cooking instructions used
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