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History Cookbook: Gruel

This recipe is in category Victorians
About this recipe
Healthiness : (354 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
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  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: Aaron 9th November 2014
Gruel is beautiful.
Name: Chris Singer 27th September 2014
i make my own version of instant breakfast oats using this stuff. I put some of the oats through a food processor, add milk powder and a little sugar and salt. Then added some unprocessed oats for rectitude. I also add cinnamon and some raisins. Added boiled water and stir for a while. Not quite shop bought but healthier for you and you can add other things banana or fried apple etc.
Name: Dave 6th September 2014
C'est breakfast, every morning in winter. Keeps you warm and toasty on the cold days. :)
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