This is What People Ate through History


Ever looked into your great-grandma’s recipe box and been surprised? Although some contemporary chefs like to think that culinary creativity is new, food culture has always been diverse. Things that our ancestors ate may not sound the tiniest bit delicious, but we can’t judge until we try. Throughout the ages, people have eaten just about everything they could from the land, sea, and air, so before you push away the idea of making your great-grandmother’s cake or roasted meat, think twice, maybe it would be nice.

1 Fish bladder jelly

Okay, this sounds terrible, we admit. The Victorians gave the world many things such as piano covers, huge advances in plumbing but, they were not known for their culinary advances. They used the bladder of the sturgeon fish to make a sweet jelly dessert. The process involved isolating a substance called isinglass from the bladder. It was originally an ingredient in glue but gained popularity in England as a foodstuff in the late 18th century. It is still used to make some beers and wines, including Guinness beer. Isinglass acts like gelatin or pectin to congeal liquid and make it thick. To make sugary jellies, Victorians boiled down filtered isinglass with water, sugar, lemon juice, and fruit. The time-consuming process took a lot of labor, but people have been known to do a lot more to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Fish bladder jelly

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