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Hardtack As Dog Food – Historical Food Fortnightly

Hardtack Recipe - Historical Food Fortnightly

Hardtack,  also called ship’s biscuit, is a hard cracker made with flour and water. It was used on long sea voyages, and soldiers in the American Civil War were sometimes supplied with hardtack rations instead of flour. But hardtack is also an early form of dog food: ‘Dog-biscuit is a hard and well-baked mass of coarse, yet clean and wholesome flour, of an inferior kind to that known as sailors’ biscuit; and this latter substance, indeed, would be the best substitute’ (The Quarterly Journal of Agriculture, 1841, p. 244). Hardtack will keep much longer than flour (in museums there’s still hardtack which is over hundred years old! 😮 )- so it’s my entry for the Historical Food Fortnightly challenge 12 (food preservation). Continue reading Hardtack As Dog Food – Historical Food Fortnightly

History Of Dog Food

History Of Dog Food

For millennia, humans and dogs live together – dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. In earlier times, dogs were needed to guard flocks and farms. Later, they were used as hunting dogs; whereas in the Victorian and Edwardian era, lap dogs became fashionable. There was always the consideration what best to feed the loved, and needed dog: So there’s a long history of dog food. For many centuries, dogs were just fed with barley flour soaked in milk or broth. Then in the 19th century, the first dog biscuits were produced. In the Edwardian era, meat mixed with flour or bread and vegetables was considered the best dog food. Continue reading History Of Dog Food

Victorian (1850s) Graham Bread Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly

Victorian Graham Bread Recipe

Graham bread is named after reverend Sylvester Graham, who invented the bread in 1829. Victorians favored white bread bought at the bakery, homemade brown bread was considered rural. Graham bread was promoted as ‘health bread’ because Victorian white bread wasn’t made with white flour, but with bleached whole wheat flour. Continue reading Victorian (1850s) Graham Bread Recipe – Historical Food Fortnightly