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An everyday meal might feature only one or two meats with a pudding, tarts, and vegetables...

The different betweeen the more prosperous households and more modest ones might be in the quality and quantity of the meat served...

Colonial meal structures/times were also different from what we know today. For most people in the 18th century it was considered the main (biggest) meal of the day. What did "average" New England colonists eat during a typical day?

Breakfast was taken early if you were poor, later if you were rich. "Most New Englanders had a simple diet, their soil and climates allowing limited varieties of fruits and vegetables.

In 1728 the Boston News Letter estimates the food needs of a middle-class 'genteel' family. Dinner consisted of pudding, followed by bread, meat, roots, pickles, vinegar, salt and cheese. Each famly also needed raisins, currants, suet, flour, eggs, cranberries, apples, and, where there were children, food for 'intermeal eatings.' Small beer was the beverage, and molasses for brewing and flavoring was needed.

Butter, spices, sugar, and sweetmeats were luxuries, as were coffee, tea, chocolate, and alcoholic beverages other than beer." ---A History of Food and Drink in America, Richard J.

The first course included several meats plus meat puddings and/or deep meat pies containing fruits and spices, pancakes and fritters, and the ever-present side dishes of sauces, pickles and catsups...

Soups seem to have been served before of in conjunction with the first course. An assortment of fresh, cooked, or dried fruits, custards, tarts and sweetmeats was usually available.

For most people, breakfast consisted of bread, cornmeal mush and milk, or bread and milk together, and tea.In the early settlements, poor families ate from trenchers filled from a common stew pot, with a bowl of coars salt the only table adornment.The earliest trenchers in America, as in the Middle Ages, were probably made from slabs of stale bread which were either eaten with the meal or thrown after use to the domestic animals.The stoic early settlers rose early and went straight to the chores that demanded their attention.In frontier outposts and on farms, families drank cider or beer and gulped down a bowl of porridge that had been cooking slowly all night over the embers...

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