[Sca-cooks] Beverage experiments
t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Fri Feb 15 05:45:08 PST 2008
>>Sure, you get it out of the mountains during the winter and store it
>>in ice houses dug into the ground and insulated with straw just like
>>was done in the U.S. before the invention of artificial refrigeration.
> That's certainly possible, and there is a mention of bringing ice
> down from the mountains in the _Ain i Akbari_. On the other hand, it
> sounds like an awfully expensive way of getting your ice, unless
> there happens to be water transport available for bringing it down.
Ice for the palaces of Persia is likely as an expensive and impractical a
proposition as bread trenchers in northern Europe. It was probably was done
for roughly the same reasons, an obvious, but unstated display of wealth and
privilege. It may also have been that the Persians had the economics of ice
refined to the point that it was less costly than we assume. The yahkchal
(ice house) may date back as far as 1700 BCE, which provides a lot of time
for finding ways to cut costs.
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