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Chinese food

Chinese food

Try cooking some food in the style of different places and times. Then your class or your family can eat it! These are some ancient cultures you might want to try:

Or, try preserving some food the way people did in ancient Greece or in ancient Egypt. In those days, without refrigerators or trucks to bring food in the winter, it was very important to preserve food.

You could make yogurt, or dry fruit (if the weather is nice and there is plenty of sunshine where you are), or salt pork or raisins. You might have a cider-pressing party. You could pickle some cucumbers in brine.

Here’s a simple recipe for making yogurt:

After dinner, pour about a quart of milk into a stainless steel saucepan, and heat it until it boils. Then let it cool until it is like hot bath water, but not a super hot bath (about 110 F). Mix a cup of the milk with about 2 spoonfuls of yogurt, add that to the warm milk, and stir. Take the pot out of the ice, cover it, and wrap it up warmly in towels. Put it in a warm place overnight; try to keep it about 100 F. (A good way is to heat water in your microwave and then use the microwave as an insulated box to keep the yogurt warm). In the morning, put the yogurt in the fridge for a few hours and it will thicken up. Or, for thicker yogurt, put a colander on top of a bowl, line the colander with paper towels or an old T-shirt, and pour the yogurt into that and put it in the fridge to drain off some of the whey.

Bibliography and further reading about cooking ancient food:

More about Mesopotamian food
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