* The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.
* They wiped their hands on large cloth napkins which they also used to pick up hot morsels of food.
* Salt would have been on the table at the harvest feast, and people would have sprinkled it on their food. Pepper, however, was something that they used for cooking but wasn’t available on the table.
* In the seventeenth century, a person’s social standing determined what he or she ate. The best food was placed next to the most important people. People didn’t tend to sample everything that was on the table (as we do today), they just ate what was closest to them.
* People weren’t served their meals individually. Foods were served onto the table and then people took the food from the table and ate it. All the servers had to do was move the food from the place where it was cooked onto the table.
* Pilgrims didn’t eat in courses as we do today. All of the different types of foods were placed on the table at the same time and people ate in any order they chose. Sometimes there were two courses, but each of them would contain both meat dishes, puddings, and sweets.
* In a pilgrim household, the adults sat down to eat and the children and servants waited on them.
* The foods that the colonists and Wampanoag Indians ate were very similar, but their eating patterns were different. While the colonists had set eating patterns – breakfast, dinner, and supper – the Wampanoags tended to eat when they were hungry and to have pots cooking throughout the day.