Re: Obscure 18th century food question

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Posted by Adele on July 11, 2000 at 15:40:19:

In Reply to: Obscure 18th century food question posted by christina on July 11, 2000 at 15:18:11:

: Since Iíve already gotten answers to my questions about bundling cloths, Iím figuring somebody, somewhere on this board will help me with this one. Iím reading a novel set in the late 18th century and they keep talking about people getting sent into the woods and eating ďnocake.Ē What in the heck is ďnocake?Ē Trust me, this isnít a typo and I donít mean hocake or anything like that...please please enlighten me...


Nookick, also called "noocake, nocake, and mealcake", consists of ground parched corn mixed with enough sugar that the resulting meal is almost, but not quite, too sweet to eat from the bag. Nookick is almost 100 % carbohydrates, the sugar providing simple carbohydrate for quick energy, and the parched corn meal providing complex carbs for the longer term.

Nookick was considered by many colonial frontiersmen to be the most nourishing food known. Nookick was described in Woods 1642 New England's Prospect:- as follows:

"It is Indian corn parched in the hot ashes, the ashes being sifted from it; it is afterwards beaten to powder and put into a leatherne bag trussed at the Indian's backe like a knapsacke, out of which they take three spoonsful a day."

Adele (learning all the time!!)

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