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So today we're going to take a common soldiers
ration and we're going to turn it into three

different meals, a soup, a stew and a hash.
The foundation of our stew and our hash, we're

going to use salt pork, and the foundation
for the stew, we're going to use fresh beef.

So the salt pork we're using today is a
salt pork that we prepared in an 18th century

manner. When it's time to use the salt pork,
you have to soak it. You have to take several

hours, soak it in water, change the water
out, soak it again, until it's ready to

use. If you don't soak it several times
and get all the salt out, it's inedible.

So, the big difference between a soup and
a stew is how much water we use when we prepare

it, and the first thing we have to do is to
get this water going, get it boiling. I've

got 6 pints of water starting to boil here
for the soup, and I've got 3 pints for the

stew. Let's start out with our soup.
While our 6 pints of water is getting ready
to boil here, I'm going to brown our salt
pork in a little bit of fat.

I'm going to let this set and sear a little
bit. Browning this meat first will release

a lot of the flavor. So we're doing this
in small batches. If we do too much at once,

we can't get it to caramelize properly.
It releases too many juices.

Once your salt pork is browned, it's time
to dump it in your boiling water. If any scum

develops on the surface, scrape that off.
You're going to let this boil about 15 minutes.

Now that our soup has boiled about 15 minutes
with the meat in it, it's time to add some

other things. I've got some carrots here
and some parsnips. We're going to add those.

So there's the carrots, part of our parsnips.
From our pocket spice kit, we need to use

a little bit of salt and pepper.
Oh yeah, it's looking good.
It's also now a good time to add a bay leaf
if you've got it and we've got a little

bit of cider vinegar, just a splash or two
of cider vinegar will really set this off.

Now that we've added these things to our
soup, we're going to moderate the fire a

little bit and let it simmer for about an

Now that our soup has simmered about an hour,
it's time to throw in some cabbage if we've

got it and I've also got a little bit of
rosemary and thyme. I've got a little bundle

here that I'm going to throw in. You don't want to put this stuff in too soon or it'll destroy the flavors.
Many period recipes for soup like this will
call for bread to be cubed up and tossed in
at the end, kind of like dumplings.

We're going to let this simmer for another
15 minutes

For this recipe I've got about a half a
pound of dried peas here. We soak these overnight,

so they're going to be ready to cook.
So I'm starting out with about a half a
pound of beef here. This should go really
nicely with our peas. Coating this meat with

flour and then browning it will help thicken
up the stew.

So now that our beef is well browned, we're
going to add that to our 3 pints of boiling

stew water and then we're going to add our
peas. Let's get this beef in there without

losing any of it. There we go. And now we're
going to add the peas.

So now that our stew has boiled for about
15 minutes, we're going to add some potato,

some onion and some parsnips, along with some
salt and pepper.

We're going to let that simmer for about an hour.
You'll know this stew is ready when the
peas break down and the stew thickens up and
that really is a matter of how long you've

soaked your peas. If you haven't soaked
them at all, this might take 2 or 3 hours,

but if you soaked them it won't take as
long. While our soups and stews are simmering

here, let's start the hash.
Our hash is a fairly simple dish. I've got
some finely diced salt pork here. I've already
browned this up with some onion and I'm

going to take a couple of parboiled or already
boiled potatoes. I'm going to dice these

up and mash them. Put them in with that.
We also need to add a little bit of milk to give it some liquid to work with.
If you happen to have some allspice, it makes a wonderful addition to the hash.
I'm going to form this up into patties and fry it in our frying pan.
Well, there we have all three dishes finished.
We've got a salt pork soup and the salt
pork really has a wonderful flavor. The saltiness

balanced out with the other flavors actually
extremely good. Here's our salt pork hash.

It may not look great but let me tell you,
it is my favorite on the table here, the salt

pork, very tender, just the right amount of
saltiness, along with the potatoes and the

onions, definitely a favorite. So the last
dish here was the stew, this is the beef and

peas stew and it thickened up rather nicely.
The peas add their own kind of sweetness to

it. The beef is excellent in here. Any one
of these things you will definitely enjoy.

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Soup, Stew and Hash - 18th Century Soldier Cooking S1E4

132 Folder Collection
hettyxjf published on March 28, 2018
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