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Servants’ kitchen

Kitchen fot servants
The servants’ kitchen was also called the living-room for the maids and the male servants. The male and female servants ate here but also did all kinds of chores here. The pantry was always filled with bread, grease, jam and gingerbread.

There were eight permanent workers, and during the harvest the nuns hired extra workers. The repairmen and the craftsmen were also fed in the kitchen. The food was brought here from the convent’s kitchen. During the harvest, it was also brought to the workers in the fields.
Open fire to smoke meat

In the hearth the servants smoked hams. Townspeople brought their own meat here to be smoked as well as ham from the convent pigs. The hams were smoked with a mixture of wood shavings, sometimes mixed with a little wood pulp. Smoking took between 2 and 3 weeks, afterwards they could smoke a new load of hams.

In the old days both maids and male servants worked on the hospital farm but times changed. The farm became less and less profitable and it was closed down in 1960. The period of own profit was over.