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Victorian Cookery: Recipes and History

Victorian Cookery: Recipes and History
by Maggie Black
  With more than 30 recipes covering the whole range of Victorian society, this book gives a fascinating insight into the way food was prepared and enjoyed by our ancestors.
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Roast Pig - The Victorian Way

From 'The Dictionary of Daily Wants' - 1859

PIG ROAST. - The young of the animal, known as the sucking pig, is made choice of for this dish. The hair of the animal should be removed by scalding. When this is done, remove the entrails, thoroughly clean the nostrils and ears, and wash the whole body in cold water. Cut off the feet at the first joint, loosening the skin, and leaving it on to turn neatly over. The pig must then be stuffed as follows:

Take half an ounce of mild sage, and two young onions parboiled; chop these very fine, add a cupful of grated bread crumbs, a quarter of a pound of good butter, and a high seasoning of cayenne pepper, and salt. Sew the slit neatly up, set it down to roast before a brisk clear fire, and baste first with brine, then with the fresh butter or salad oil; when the crackling is thoroughly browned and crisp, the pig will be sufficiently done. A pig iron, or some ingenious substitute, must be placed in the centre of the grate, part of the time, to to prevent the middle regions of the animal from being scorched before the extremities are done.

Serve with a sauce of clear beef or veal gravy, with a squeeze of lemon and, if approved, a little of the stuffing stirred in the same tureen.

PIG ROASTED, TO CARVE. - Before serving up this dish the cook usually divides the body, and garnishes the dish with the jaws and the ears. Cut the side of the pig in two from D to E; then place the fork in at B;

Roast Pig

Cut from c to A, and round underneath the foreleg to c again, thereby taking the shoulder off. To remove the hind leg, follow the same directions as for the foreleg; then carve the remainder of the pig, as pointed out for the first cut; serve gravy and stuffing with each portion. The ribs are generally considered the finest parts, but some prefer the neck end, between the shoulders.

What to do with a Pig - The Victorian Way

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