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Old 01-30-2017, 11:03 PM
clairobscur clairobscur is offline
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Originally Posted by Dr_Paprika View Post
Modern, for sure. Even elites had to use salt and spices to cover the taste of spoiled meat.
I believe that the idea that middle ages people were using spices in order to cover the taste of spoiled meat is a legend with no basis in fact. Meat has been very well preserved until very recently by salting or smoking it.

And elites could very easily procure themselves fresh meat if they wanted to. You can slaughter an animal any time you want, if you have the money, so it would make few sense to assume that wealthy lords and ladies would find themselves forced to eat rotten meat (while somehow being able to afford extremely expensive spices to cover the bad taste).