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What did medieval servants eat?

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December 14, 2012 8:34PM

In the Middle Ages, masters usually did not eat seperate from their servants, and in principle the same food was cooked for everyone. There was however a clear 'pecking order' in to whom this food was served first and who got acces to the food bowls only later or last. So the best pieces might already have been taken at the time it would be your turn.

The normal staple foods at the time would be bread and other grain products like porridge, gruel and pasta. Fish and greens (in season)were eaten regularly; meat (usually pork and chicken) less so, unless the master was a rich one.