L is for larder

The larder or pantry is where the household’s food supplies are kept; and I see that originally it meant a storehouse for bacon.  (OFr<L for bacon fat, lard.)  I’ve learned a lot doing research for Detour Trail–and finding words for the A to Z  challenge.

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8 responses to “L is for larder

  1. My grandmother had a larder. It was always cold in there and smelled of bacon. There was a marble slab or the cheese and other dairy produce and the cheese was in a special cheese dome. The bread was in a bread bin and I recall that sometimes it was wrapped in a sort of grease-proof wrapping (Sunblest I think it was called) because sliced bread was new and sophisticated….but we also had fresh bread from the baker and I would often steal into the pantry and pull some of the crust off. Lovely. the pantry was where the jelly mould was placed so it would set and where the gammon was wrapped in muslin on a huge plate, waiting to be soaked overnight.

    Now there are rarely pantries in home, just kitchen cupboards and fridges, and it is not the same. Thanks for the memories Joy.

    • Jane, thank you for making my larder come alive.

      I had a walk-in pantry at my last home. Here there are two separate–way separate–little pantries, but I used to get down on the floor to hunt for canned goods in the kitchen cupboards so I appreciate them..

  2. Most welcome Joy and just spotted the typos – the keyboard here sticks and I suffer from word blindness these days. That , or losing the plot. lol.
    My grandfather had a pantry and that was a place of discovery fora small child, pots, pans and tins – all made great toys.

    • Jane, Not sure which were the typos. Gammon? I thought maybe it was a word I didn’t know, and I didn’t take the time to ask. Btw, I made a typo in a comment recently that casused me to flinch! I can fix posts, but not comments on someone else’s blog…

      • Gammon is cured pork, like ham. It needs to be soaked as very salty before cooking and the larder always had a sort of cured bacon, ham, gammon fragrance when you walked in. Gran’s larder was not as big as a pantry.

  3. Pam

    Interesting. . .didn’t know that is where the word came from but it makes perfect sense!

  4. Jane, thank you! I didn’t get around to looking it up. That makes a good descriptive touch if I use larder again!

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