Step back in time to find new ideas: 18th century cooking

One of the things that draws me to outdoor cooking is the immense history of it.  A long time ago, some wild beast ended up on a fire and it was good.  Ever since, we’ve been trying new things to make the experience even better.

Sometimes in our rush toward newness, we leave behind some things that were good.  Whether it’s because tastes changed, ingredients became scarce, it they just disappeared, these recipes are worth trying again.

That’s where Jas. Townsend and Son comes in.  Jas. Townsend and Son has been supplying period authentic clothing, cookware, and accessories to the re-enactor market for 35 years.  They specialize in products from 1750 to 1840.  That’s not really my thing, but they do a fantastic job of showing how to use their products in their YouTube videos.  Their 18th century cooking series has kept me glued to my screen for a few weeks now.

Here are a few video samples of recipes that I think would be fun to try:

Standing Meat Pie


Baked Beans

What do you think? Would you try any of these?

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  • Rob Orr

    Very cool concept. It’s kind of funny how the more things “advance” the more we seem to yearn for old tried and true ways of doing things. We love to fire up our grill and get outside, instead of our kitchen. Did it just last night as a matter of fact. And without a doubt – we would try some of these things.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    We have ready access to most ingredients that only royalty could afford in days past. Yet, we still choose to allow factories to crank out a large proportion of what we eat. It’s a shame that we don’t recognize just how great we have it these days.