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The settlers in Colonial America continued to cook in tradition with their heritage while incorporating new foods into their diet Colonists had staple foods which they used in almost everything but they also had seasonal foods All and all most settlers had similar diets to the ones they had had in their old country but when faced with an abundance of new unfamiliar edibles they couldnt help but try themThe main staple food of the settlers was actually a food native to America corn Every farmer grew corn as the early settlers were taught by the Native Americans Indians taught the settlers how to harvest the corn how to grind it into meal and how to preserve it throughout the year Settlers made it into an oatmeal-like dish and this could be eaten for breakfast and even sometimes lunch They were careful not to waste the rest of the corn either The stalks were used as food for the cattle in the winter the husks to stuff mattresses and the cobs as jug stoppers tool handles and the bowls of pipes Chickens also enjoyed the kernelsAnother staple food was the hog hogs were excellent foragers and able to live on what they found in the woodsHawk p38 These characteristics made them easy and cheap to take care of Additionally hogs provided a large amount of meat for the settlers The meat from four fairly sized hogs could last a family through the winter A hog killing was quite an orderly project considering the fact that settlers used every part of the hog An old colonial saying used to say All of the hog is used except the squealBreen p47 The blood was caught and used in blood pudding the intestines for sausage skins and chitterlings and the fat portions for lard The shoulders hams and bacon flanks were salted and cured to eat in the future The Native Americans tried to introduce the settlers to
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