The process of deep-frying foods is said to have come about in the 5th millennium BC. The Egyptians that invented deep-frying during this time had no idea how it would change the culinary industry. Fried cakes were one of the first foods to be fried (think donuts).
Did peasants eat meat?
Peasants ate very little meat—their diet was wholly based on what they could grow or buy locally. Their meals mainly comprised bread, eggs and pottage (made with peas or beans, vegetables, grains and small amounts of bacon and fish)—the original wholefood diet! Scarce meat was reserved for feast days and celebrations.
How much oil do fried foods absorb?
Foods deep-fried at proper temperatures typically absorb no more than a couple of tablespoons per 21⁄2 cups of oil used. This oil absorption rate is around the same as occurs with shallow frying, such as in a pan.
Did peasants eat cheese?
Peasants tended to keep cows, so their diets consisted largely of dairy produce such as buttermilk, cheese, or curds and whey. Rich and poor alike ate a dish called pottage, a thick soup containing meat, vegetables, or bran.