Although Fowlers Vacola preserving jars might be more familiar to Australian food preservers, the Mason Jar truly revolutionised the home-preserving of food in the mid 19th century. The Mason jar was invented by an American tinsmith - John Landis Mason - who patented his design in 1858. The moulded glass Mason jar was sealed with [...]
Christmas Pudding, as we know it today, bears little resemblance to its chief ancestor known as 'pottage' - a meat and vegetable concoction originating in Roman times. This was prepared in a large cauldron, the ingredients being slow cooked, with dried fruits, sugar and spices added. By the 15th century, 'Plum Pottage' was a sloppy [...]
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