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Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?

Posted by Irene Field 
Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 01:04AM
Attached is a photo of a UK 1922 guide to cooking time for vegetables (taken off FB )



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Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 02:41AM
Interesting but not a real surprise, is it? We all know about the cabbage being boiled to death, even many years after 1922 Mum would cook vegetables for a lot longer than I cook them. The saving grace was that she did use the water from the cooked vegetables to make sauces and gravy and not just pour it down the sink.
We have learned a lot over time and yet I still cannot help thinking that so many people these days do not eat a balanced diet of good food. We still end up with an unhealthy population.
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 05:43AM
15-30 minutes for cauliflower and broccoli is just awful.
I wonder why everything was boiled to death.
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 06:18AM
No wonder no one liked their Veg. I wonder if the excessive boiling was to kill any possible germs lurking from dirt smiling smiley
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 06:55AM
yes thats really interesting. Did these boiling times relate to the typical western way of cooking veg rather than say Asian cultures. At some stage we learnt that the more cooking meant less nutrients as well and cooking for less time seems to have evolved over time and its the norm now.
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 27, 2016 09:43AM
I think until the 20 th century there was widespread suspicion about the digestiblity of vegetables and not a lot of education about them. Because potatoes need half an hour to be digestible it was assumed that the same timing applied to all vegetables. Also the veges probably were mostly tougher as these days selective breeding has given us veges that are more tender and more colourful.

As recently as the 1970s my then mother in law (who detested cooking) would put all of the dinner on to cook at about 3pm, meat in a baking dish in the oven, potatoes, carrots and cabbage in separate pans on the hob. She then left them all to cook until dinner at 6pm. Every thing was horrible.
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
July 28, 2016 10:38PM
I wonder if the state of their teeth was the issue. Lack of teeth means the need for softer food.
Re: Did they make Vegetables tougher back in the day?
August 09, 2016 12:36AM
Good Point Stephanie!

A close friend of mine grew up hating vegetables because her mum used to boil them to death. She said she never cooked them or ate them for about 10 years during her 20's.

When her parents divorced (maybe due to her mums bad cooking!?!) her Dad had to start cooking for himself and he got into stir frys, and she told me that it literally turned her life around. She learnt how to love vegetables and started cooking this way herself which introduced her to a whole new healthier lifestyle.
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