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How Would YOU Survive on These Great Depression Meals?

Posted by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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With all the talk about food storage and growing our own food, I did a little digging around to find out what some people ate during America’s Great Depression of the 1930′s.  Surprisingly, a few of these were made by my mother and grandmother,traditions, I’m sure, from a more frugal era.  I still have a soft spot for Chipped Beef on Toast!  How many of these are familiar to you, and do you have any others to add to the list?


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Milk toast

Chipped beef on toast

Cucumber and mustard sandwiches

Mayonnaise sandwiches

Ketchup sandwiches

Hot milk and rice

Turtle/tortoise

Gopher

Potato soup – water base, not milk

Dandelion salad

Lard sandwiches

Bacon grease sandwiches

Sugar sandwiches

Hoover Great Depression Could you stomach these Great Depression meals?

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Hot dogs and baked beans

Road kill

One eyed Sam – piece of bread with an easy over egg in the center

Oatmeal mixed with lard

Fried potatoes and hot dogs

Onion sandwich – slices of onion between bread

Tomato gravy and biscuits

Deep fried chicken skin

Cornbread in milk

Gravy and bread – as a main dish

Toast with mashed potatoes on top with gravy

Creamed corn on toast

Corn mush with milk for breakfast, fried corn mush for dinner

Squirrel

Rice in milk with some sugar

Beans

Fried potato peel sandwiches

Banana slices with powdered sugar and milk

Boiled cabbage

great depression washing day Could you stomach these Great Depression meals?

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Hamburger mixed with oatmeal

American cheese sandwich, ‘American’ cheese was invented because it was cheap to make, and didn’t require refrigeration that may or may not exist back then.

Tomato gravy on rice

Toast with milk gravy

Water fried pancakes

Chicken feet in broth

Fried bologna

Warm canned tomatoes with bread

Butter and sugar sandwiches

Fried potato and bread cubes

Bean soup

Runny eggs with grits

Butter and grits with sugar and milk

Baked apples

Sliced boiled pork liver on buttered toast (slice liver with potato peeler)

Corn meal mush

Spaghetti with tomato juice and navy beans

Whatever fish or game you could catch/hunt

Tomato sandwiches

Hard boiled eggs in white sauce over rice

Spam and noodles with cream of mushroom soup

Rag soup: spinach, broth and lots of macaroni

Garbanzo beans fried in chicken fat or lard, salted, and eaten cold

Popcorn with milk and sugar – ate it like cereal


Lessons learned from this list? 

  

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MommyTo5Boys
by New Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I've actually had a lot of those :)

not anything with lard or bacon fat tho



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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

 I have ate several of those though some sound like they would not taste good at all.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Kind of makes you appreciate what you have, a little more though, doesn't it? lol  Not sure how well I would do with some of these meals. :) 

Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

I've actually had a lot of those :)

not anything with lard or bacon fat tho


  

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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

What was your opinion on the ones you did eat? Good, bad, not sure?  :)  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 I have ate several of those though some sound like they would not taste good at all.


  

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tiredmomfor2
by **Lyndsay** on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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I actually ate quite a few of these growing up! Lol My father was raised by his grandfather(he lived through the depression) one of my Dad's favorite treats was bread and milk as a bedtime snack.
We had a lot of tomato sandwiches(still one of my fav's), eggs and grits, butter sandwiches, etc. My dad and brother were hunters so I have had squirrel, rabbit, deer, and even tried turtle and a variety of other wild creatures. We had a good bit of it growing up. Lol go figure. :)
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MommyTo5Boys
by New Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

The first few months when I was out on my own ( I was 15) one of my frequent 'meals' was cold canned corn on saltine crackers .... I still love this :)

Quoting kirbymom:

Kind of makes you appreciate what you have, a little more though, doesn't it? lol  Not sure how well I would do with some of these meals. :) 

Quoting MommyTo5Boys:

I've actually had a lot of those :)

not anything with lard or bacon fat tho





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gingerszabo21
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

I have actually eaten most of those.  The one that threw me off was the oatmeal mixed with hamburger?

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Sounds like you were brought up in the old school ways. :)  Most of my "older" family members had milk and bread.   But if you start talking tomato sandwiches, then you have my FULL attention. lol  

Quoting tiredmomfor2:

I actually ate quite a few of these growing up! Lol My father was raised by his grandfather(he lived through the depression) one of my Dad's favorite treats was bread and milk as a bedtime snack.
We had a lot of tomato sandwiches(still one of my fav's), eggs and grits, butter sandwiches, etc. My dad and brother were hunters so I have had squirrel, rabbit, deer, and even tried turtle and a variety of other wild creatures. We had a good bit of it growing up. Lol go figure. :)


  

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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

 I loved beans and hotdogs, fried bolongia, rice milk and sugar, deap fried chicken skin, cornbread in milk, gravy and bread (though we toasted the bread), and popcorn with milk and sugar.  I do not like grits. Oh and dear meat is ok.  I only had it once so I am not to sure I would like it again or not but it was ok that one time.  My grandma made deer burgers.

Quoting kirbymom:

What was your opinion on the ones you did eat? Good, bad, not sure?  :)  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 I have ate several of those though some sound like they would not taste good at all.


 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I guess you wouldn't sweeten the oatmeal.?.  Ummmm.... maybe? lol  

Quoting gingerszabo21:

I have actually eaten most of those.  The one that threw me off was the oatmeal mixed with hamburger?


  

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