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How Would YOU Survive on These Great Depression Meals?

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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?


selling apples Great Depression Could you stomach these Great Depression meals?
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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?

image by Tony the Misfit


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?

image by Blue Mountains Library


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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by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

 It works the same as bread crumbs I think.  I have not tried this one though so could be wrong.

Quoting gingerszabo21:

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 4:41 PM

hahahaha > I do not like grits either! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!   But I do love deep fried chicken skin. YUMMY!!!!!!!!  Popcorn with milk and sugar??? Really?  lol  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 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.

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.


 


  

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katinahat
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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Lol I've had a lot of these. Welcome to growing up broke, I guess.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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That was my thought too. Great minds  think alike. :)  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 It works the same as bread crumbs I think.  I have not tried this one though so could be wrong.

Quoting gingerszabo21:

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

 


debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

 We had it in school when we were studying the pilgrams.  You have to use real popcorn and do not at butter or salt to it.  It is really good though.

Quoting kirbymom:

hahahaha > I do not like grits either! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!   But I do love deep fried chicken skin. YUMMY!!!!!!!!  Popcorn with milk and sugar??? Really?  lol  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 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.

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 4:43 PM

hahahaha >>> You can surely say that again! :)  

Quoting katinahat:

Lol I've had a lot of these. Welcome to growing up broke, I guess.


  

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Pukalani79
by Kristin on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

 We used to have rice in milk with a little sugar a lot actually.  It's been years since I've had it, but whenever I make rice that taste comes back to my mind.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hmmmm. I may just have to give it a shot and see for myself. lol  Not sure about it though. 

Quoting debramommyof4:

 We had it in school when we were studying the pilgrams.  You have to use real popcorn and do not at butter or salt to it.  It is really good though.

Quoting kirbymom:

hahahaha > I do not like grits either! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!   But I do love deep fried chicken skin. YUMMY!!!!!!!!  Popcorn with milk and sugar??? Really?  lol  

Quoting debramommyof4:

 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.

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 4:46 PM

Sweet rice is a usual type of breakfast for us. My kids love sweet rice. especially since we add in peanut butter or marmalade or hot cocoa mix or blueberries. Something that adds a full flavor. 

Quoting Pukalani79:

 We used to have rice in milk with a little sugar a lot actually.  It's been years since I've had it, but whenever I make rice that taste comes back to my mind.


  

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MomofSCMJJA
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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A lot of these are familiar from when I was growing up.  We were pretty poor and my mom had to be very creative to feed a family of 5 of a budget of $17 per week.  When she was going through some old papers she rean accross a stack of menus and shopping lists from 1975 when I was 7 years old.  For fun I sat down and priced out the items on her list.  At the time (I think it was about 2002) it would have cost her about $65 to buy the food on the list.  Of course she also would have added produce from the our garden to that, but still...

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