[Sca-cooks] Storing eggs through Lent, WAS Re: Hi again everyone!!!
t.d.decker at att.net
Fri Apr 3 22:28:57 PDT 2009
> Chimene said:
> <<< Butter or soft beeswax would certainly have been available in
> for the anti-oxygen sealing...>>>
> I'm pretty certain that beeswax was way too expensive in period to be
> used for this. Remember that it was only the very rich or the Church
> which used beeswax for candles in period.
> And from the book I'm reading right now, "Fish on Friday - Feasting,
> Fasting and the Discovery of the New World" by Brian Fagan, one of the
> reasons the Church used beeswax was the association with virginity.
> Apparently, it was thought that bees reproduced without sex. And not
> just a bit of conspicuous consumption.
They also had suet, lard, butter and olive oil, all of which have been used
to seal eggs for preservation. The problem I'm having is I can't find any
reference to sealing eggs in this manner in Europe prior to the 18th
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