Posted by Marie Bernadette on November 18, 1997 at 23:32:30:
In response to Larders VS Pantries , written by P. Bingham on November 16, 1997 at 19:28:15
Thank you. I had heard both terms but never new the differences.
] ] Just to throw a spanner in the works...what is the difference between a larder and a pantry?
] To answer your question, a pantry is generally reserved for dry goods, such as sugar, tea, dried fruits, nuts, rice, flour, etc. It also often contained a store of linen.
] The larder was normally reserved for fresh meat, vegetables, bread, dairy products and even beer. Outdoors, large estates had game larders where they would store the cleaned carcasses of rabbits, deer, pidgeons, beef, hams, etc. Infact, the word lardarium took its name from the process by which joints of meat were potted into huge barrels or stoneware tubs and covered with lard for preservation. By the eighteenth century, many large estates had ice houses that kept the larder chilled during the warm months.
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