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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?

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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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by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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We love beans, rice and tortillas.  The kids think we have to have them a few times a week. :)  I think my kids would prefer sountern cooking  more as opposed to  northern cooking. 

Quoting kckmom3:

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 5:32 PM

You know, I was thinking that these recipes could be used for some history-culture lessons from right here in our own country.  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.


kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Tomato's are a staple in our family. They go with most everything with us too. :) 

Quoting Kenre:

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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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Coffe soup? Never heard of it, I don't think. 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

 Grandma made coffee soup for breakfast.  Butter bread ripped in pieces, pour coffee over top and sprinkle with sugar.  She would pour a little cream on it for us kids.

Quoting kirbymom:

Coffe soup? Never heard of it, I don't think. 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.


 

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

 I wonder if they could be tied to the different ethnicities.  Like did the Irish do the cabbage and potatoes and the Germans do the cabbage and noodles? Were we still holding onto our ethnicities more during the depression?  Great lessons there!

Quoting kirbymom:

You know, I was thinking that these recipes could be used for some history-culture lessons from right here in our own country.  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.


 

occumommy
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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Cornmush in the morning, fried corn mush in the evening......had that the other day lol. I have had most of the things on the list, some are really good, some not so much. But really survival is survival.
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Bluecalm
by Bronze Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM
I've had alot on the list tho no lard or potato skin sandwiches. I like fried cornmeal mush.
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Bluecalm
by Bronze Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 6:53 PM
Coffee in New Orleans has chicory in it which was originally used to stretch the coffee beans. My dh told me as a kid he drank cafe au lait with rice in it for breakfast.

Quoting kirbymom:

You know, I was thinking that these recipes could be used for some history-culture lessons from right here in our own country.  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.




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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 16, 2013 at 6:59 PM

That is what I was going for with this post. Tying it into our schooling. There could be many different lessons here. 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 I wonder if they could be tied to the different ethnicities.  Like did the Irish do the cabbage and potatoes and the Germans do the cabbage and noodles? Were we still holding onto our ethnicities more during the depression?  Great lessons there!

Quoting kirbymom:

You know, I was thinking that these recipes could be used for some history-culture lessons from right here in our own country.  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 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.


 


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