This Video Will Teach You How People Made Fried Chicken In The 18th Century

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to try and cook contemporary foods in the 17th or 18th centuries? Granted, that’s a super weird thing to spend time thinking about but we don’t like to judge without knowing somebody so your curiosities can remain your own, no side-eye from us. If that is something that piques your interest though, this video is right up your alley.

A man in colonial costuming (again, we don’t judge) lays out all the steps to accomplishing the crazy feat of cooking up some delicious fried chicken with only cast iron tools and his wits. The recipe itself comes from a real cookbook from the 1700’s written by Nathan Bailey, so this isn’t complete speculation on what recipes might have been popular during that era or how they were accomplished.

The full video is over seven minutes long but very interesting as lots of historical context and fun tidbits are included. If you don’t have time to watch the entire thing right away, don’t fret. You can scroll through and glimpse the process intermittently and then linger on the image of the grease-spattered chicken all delicious and done to a crisp at the end. Make sure you really absorb the costuming going on too, as they makes the entire thing all the more special.

(via Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc.)