Apple River Fort demonstrates 1830s fast food | Events
ELIZABETH, Ill.--In the 1830s, “fast food” meant getting a meal in a couple of hours instead of a couple of minutes, a fact that visitors to the Apple River Fort can see firsthand this weekend.
“A Chicken in Every Pot!” takes place Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic site in Elizabeth, Illinois. Visitors are welcome to see how settlers prepared a meal of poultry, from butchering to serving.
Butchering a hog or a steer in the 1830s was an all-day activity requiring lots of help from friends and neighbors, but preparing a chicken for the table could be done quickly by just one person. An experienced cook could go from catching the chicken in the yard to setting a chicken dinner on the table within two hours, making it a perfect meal for unexpected guests.During Saturday’s 17 event, visitors will learn about the butchering process and the importance of the chicken to our ancestors.
The event is free and open to the public, but parents are encouraged to accompany any children who attend since the entire process from catching to cooking the chicken will be demonstrated.
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