[Sca-cooks] Saucer?

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sat Oct 8 11:51:45 PDT 2011

Saucer is not included in my book on English weights and measures from  
the Middle Ages. In the MED, saucer in the medieval period
is listed only as a name.

indicates a saucer is one heaping cup.

Maybe the folks at medievalcookery.com can clarify.


On Oct 8, 2011, at 9:09 AM, Claire Clarke wrote:

> So I was looking through this:
> http://www.medievalcookery.com/notes/mscodex823.txt which someone  
> posted
> earlier in the week, and a 'saucerfull' (and spelling variations  
> thereof) is
> often used as a measurement. I was trying in my head to work out how  
> much a
> saucerful would translate to in modern measuring terms, and then it  
> occurred
> to me that I was thinking of a saucer as in the thing you put under  
> your
> teacup, and I'm guessing they didn't have those in the sixteenth  
> century. So
> does 'saucer' here refer to a sauceboat sort of thing (which could  
> be any
> size really) or something else?
> Angharad

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