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History Cookbook: Gruel

This recipe is in category Victorians
About this recipe
Healthiness : (707 votes)
Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


This recipe is based on the ingredients used in an 18th century workhouse. Gruel was one of the main foods provided. At this workhouse (Sunday-Thursday) on three days of the week, male inmates were served a pint and a half of gruel, a pint and a half of broth, five ounces of cooked meat, twelve ounces of bread and eight ounces of potatoes. On the three alternate days, the men were fed twelve ounces of bread, a pint and a half of gruel, a pint and a half of soup, and two ounces of cheese. On Fridays, they were served twelve ounces of bread, a pint and a half of gruel, fourteen ounces of suet or rice pudding, and two ounces of cheese. The meagre menu was divided into three meals daily. Women and children were given slightly less.
Ingredients
  • 3 dessert spoonfuls of oatmeal
  • 1 pint of water
  • a little salt
Equipment
  • Spoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Pan
  • Wooden spoon
Making and cooking it
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  1. Mix the oatmeal with a little cold water to make a paste
  2. Put the rest of the water in a pan
  3. Add the mixture and boil for 10 minutes
  4. Add the salt
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Name: Colly 25th July 2017
This recipe would be better entitled "Thin gruel" as Scrooge prefers in Xmas Carol. A little more oats plus honey as a sweetener makes it far tastier! (Yes - this was based on a workhouse prison recipe and they were not too concerned about making it tasty!!!! - The Cookit Team) 
Name: William 2nd June 2017
Jill, many medieval, early modern, and historical Gruel recipes contain a hint of onion. That is definitely what is missing in this recipe.
Name: Don123 12th May 2017
Man I used this for my sons homework
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