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What did pirates eat and drink?

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Pirates mostly drank rum because water did not last long and of course they couldn't drink sea water. Food also did not last long so all the vegetables and meat were either pickled or salted. Chefs on the ships used a lot of herbs and spices to try and hide the taste of the rotting meat. On ships they would sometimes have live stock so they could have daily eggs or milk and if things got bad they would eat the chickens or cows or even the slaves or captives. Pirates might be lucky enough to catch a sea turtle, a fish or maybe even a bird. When things got quite desperate pirates would take maggot infested meat into a pitch black area so when they ate they couldn't see the bugs. By Victoria H hi charlie

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