As I mentioned in Part 1, in 2007 I was fortunate enough to visit London, England. The number one item on my "to do" list was to visit the Hampton Court Palace, which Henry VIII used as one of his palaces. It has a working Tudor kitchen and I want to share what I saw with you.
This part focuses on food and storage.
Here is some beef that was roasted on the spit. Notice the hole!
And here are some pies before they are baked...
... and afterwards! Pies were their own container and didn't need any special cooking dish. This was convenient when cooking for crowds.
Serving implements include metal plates if you can afford them; wooden if you can't. Trenchers, plates made from sliced, stale bread, are out of fashion at this time.
Most people ate with spoons and knives. Forks were not considered eating utensils in England. The spoon shapes you see here are typical of the period.
Storage containers came in a variety of shapes and materials, depending on usage.
These are various containers: tall storage jars with lids (unglazed because they didn't need to be), two pitchers, and some bowls.
These are pitchers and jugs. The green glaze is a typical color popular in the Henrian era.
You can take cloths and tie them over the tops of the containers, especially if the containers have a lipped edge to catch the string. I have also heard that sometimes the cloth was oiled or waxed. I think that would be considered expensive in this time period.
These storage pots are only partially glazed, as was typical of the era.
These beautiful red ware bowls are only glazed on the inside. Good for mixing, serving, and storing.
I believe this is a salt cellar. Salt was considered a spice, was often mentioned as a "sauce" to be served with meats, and was expensive, though not as expensive as pepper and other imported spices. The container could be something else, though, since it wasn't labeled.
So there you have it. A brief tour though the Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace. I hope you go there some day and witness an actual cooking event. They do demonstrations with experts who are in costume and probably in character. I want to hear about your adventure!