What One Eats in a Lifetime, 1869

MANUFACTURER AND BUILDER, July, 1869
A calculation of what an epicure, or bon vivant of 1869 would have eaten by the age of 70
10 oxen, 200 sheep, 100 calves, 200 lambs, 50 pigs, 1200 fowls, 200 turkeys, 150 geese, 400 ducks, 260 pigeons, 1400 partridges and quail, 600 woodcock, 1400 snipe and other small game, besides 500 hares and rabbits, 40 deer, 120 guinea fowls, 10 peacocks, and 260 wild fowls.
In fish, 110 turbot, 140 salmon, 220 cod, 260 trout, 400 mackerel, 400 flounders, 202 eels, 150 haddock, 400 herrings, and 10,000 smelts; also 20 turtles, 30,000 oysters, 1500
lobsters and crabs, 300,000 prawns, shrimps, sardines, and anchovies.
In fruit, about 1500 pounds of grapes, 50 pine-apples, 2000 peaches, 1400 apricots, 240 melons, and some hundred thousand plums, green-gages, apples, pears, and millions of cherries, strawberries, currants, walnuts, chestnuts, figs, almonds, etc.
In vegetables of other kinds 25,475 pounds weight;
about, 2334 pounds of butter, 684 pounds of cheese, 21,000 eggs. Bread, 14,000 pounds; of salt, pepper, 1000 pounds; of sugar, 4500 pounds.
In liquids, he would have imbibed 14,670 gallons, which, for a man accustomed to the use of strong drink, might be subdivided into 49 hogsheads of wine, 1394 gallons of beer, 584 gallons of spirits, 5394 gallons of coffee, cocoa, and tea, 1304 gallons of milk, and 2736 gallons of water.
The quantity of food consumed by one man in the course of his lifetime, as estimated above, astounding as it appears, is based on an authentic scale of the regular average meals of the day of an epicure for sixty years

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