Yorktown Virginia has been taken over by the American colonial army. They have set up encampment near the York River. Feeding such a large number of men takes some planning. This time of year those soldiers are looking for something that reminds them of home. We are sure the French soldiers will find our fare a little bland but the cooks are working hard. Ovens are built into the ground.
(Yorktown Victory Center in Yorktown, Virginia click here.)
Nearby, local farmers are preparing for the coming winter.
|Table has been set at the farmhouse for a Christmas feast, with a tablecloth set out!|
Pigs have been slaughtered and every part has been utilized in some fashion.
One example is a bladder ball, in which the bladder of the pig is stretched and eventually stuffed with beans. The pigs bladders were also used to seal crocks of food, to preserve them for the winter. Brine, a mix of salt and water, was a common method of preservation. If you have not tried brine preserved cucumbers you have really missed out! The vinegary pickles don't taste anything like brined pickles.
Don't worry about the turkeys! They have a job to do. They will eat the tobacco worms in the fields and will not end up on the table come Christmas day!
Bacon cooked with greens is one way to give nutrition and fat for our hungry men.
|Mothers may gather goods into baskets and bring inside - wooden gourd bowls for grinding and punched metal lamps to use during the long winter nights.|