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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?

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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?

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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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I can understand your mom's budget. It isn't easy, but it can still be done. I sometimes think a poor-er financial budget actually prepares a person on how to make do and find the real deals out there for meals. Learning how to cook on a dime can be extremely interesting. :) 

Quoting MomofSCMJJA:

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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MrsSamMerlotte
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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Road kill as in..... Road kill?
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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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 Yes.  Some people still eat it.  I am very lucky not to need to though. 

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Road kill as in..... Road kill?

 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Some people don't consider that to be too dirty to eat. What is good for one may not be good for another. You know? :) 

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Road kill as in..... Road kill?


  

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MrsSamMerlotte
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM
I don't think I could, but who knows what I woods do if my children were starving.


Quoting kirbymom:

Some people don't consider that to be too dirty to eat. What is good for one may not be good for another. You know? :) 

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Road kill as in..... Road kill?



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kckmom3
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM
We ate a lot of homemade beans,rice and tortillas. Wasn't too bad. I don't know about that stuff from the list though..yikes!!
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I certainly understand your sentiments.  

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

I don't think I could, but who knows what I woods do if my children were starving.


Quoting kirbymom:

Some people don't consider that to be too dirty to eat. What is good for one may not be good for another. You know? :) 

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Road kill as in..... Road kill?




  

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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

 I've eaten a lot of these too.  We had other names for some of them... One eyed Willie, we called toad in the hole (my boys LOVE that).  Beans and wienies.  Rag soup we made with the bow tie noodles and called it butterflies in the field.  We put "stewed" (canned) tomatoes on anything...potatoes, bread cubes, grits, noodles.

My boys like most of these recipes.

Kenre
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Grew up on mayo sandwiches. We eat very frugal here at my place. A lot of tomato dishes since we grow our own tomatoes and can them.
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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

 Where is the coffee soup?  Yummy!

And dad made something called pot pie, which was some kind of biscuit steamed over ham soup.  And we used to cut the "warts" off of these big squash and fry them.  Then the squash could keep growing and we could eat more the next day.

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