[Sca-cooks] Storing eggs through Lent, WAS Re: Hi again everyone!!!

Terry Decker 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 
> period,
> 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.
> Stefan

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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