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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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lucsch
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I've eaten a good number of those. I still eat cornbread and milk. It is yummy!

My parents were born in the 30's, so some of these items became family traditions, I guess.

I do notice a lot of carbs!

lucsch
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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You know that does sound a bit like the meatloaf I make---hamburger, oats, salt, pepper, ketchup, egg, onion.

Quoting gingerszabo21:

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



norahsmommy
by Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM
I grew up poor and my family served many of these things. My dad and mom both grew up on most of this and so did my grandparents. Is it healthy, no. Is it filling for an empty belly, yes.

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kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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lol >> If you give me a little bit, I will get the recipe we did. I will have to remember what we used and how much we used. That is why it will take me a little bit. lol   But I will get back to you with the recipe, I promise. :)  

Quoting Precious333:

Ohhhh. I need that recipe!


Quoting kirbymom:

Yes! I so know what you mean! Me too. :)   One time my hubby made this awesome rice casserole for only $5 and it fed our whole family of 9 with 3 regular size servings too. I was so proud of that meal. 

Quoting Precious333:

Yes.....we have done these in our own financial depression a home. I have felt a bit proud to make something from nothing!




kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

In those days a lot of carbs didn't make much difference as they were a LOT more active, than we as a society are, as a whole.  

I love family traditions, myself. :)  

Quoting lucsch:

I've eaten a good number of those. I still eat cornbread and milk. It is yummy!

My parents were born in the 30's, so some of these items became family traditions, I guess.

I do notice a lot of carbs!


kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Hmmm...was anyone the wiser though?  :)  Not that it mattered a whole lot, I would imagine. 

Quoting mommy2kaelynn:

I've eaten quite a few of those, ones o remember my Dad talking about were split pea soup, LOTS of times per week, with ham if they could get it, but not often!

And my Grandfather, who was an engineer used to hold meetings at a coffee shop. He would get there early and order hot water and use ketchup to make a fake tomato soup!


  

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lkane81
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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Yum sounds good maybe rice sugar cinnamon and some whipcream or just a touch of.warmed heavy.cream be just like ric pudding only not so thick.


Quoting kirbymom:

We fix rice with some sugar and a little bit of butter  throughout the whole year. My kids love it. Plus, we even add peanut butter or a marmalade or some cocoa mix or some blueberries for flavor.  :)  

Quoting lkane81:

We ate alot of that and onion mayo sandwiches. Brings back memories of my dad haven'tng rice milk and sugar i liked my rice with just sugar. Or we would fix butter and sugar on white bread .



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gacgbaker
by on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I make some of those! lol!  Most of them I wouldn't care for too much though.

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

It IS good. lol  We like rice for breakfast and we like rice for dinner. We also like rice for a sweet treat too. :)   The thing about rice is it will incorporate any food you associate it with. Thereby taking on that food"s flavor. So I just make sure that what I use with rice is a flavor that is liked by all of my family. :)  

Quoting lkane81:

Yum sounds good maybe rice sugar cinnamon and some whipcream or just a touch of.warmed heavy.cream be just like ric pudding only not so thick.


Quoting kirbymom:

We fix rice with some sugar and a little bit of butter  throughout the whole year. My kids love it. Plus, we even add peanut butter or a marmalade or some cocoa mix or some blueberries for flavor.  :)  

Quoting lkane81:

We ate alot of that and onion mayo sandwiches. Brings back memories of my dad haven'tng rice milk and sugar i liked my rice with just sugar. Or we would fix butter and sugar on white bread .




kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

lol >> I know what you mean. I don't think I would personally care for some of them myself but, I would make sure my family was taken care of, even if I had to use the ones that I personally didn't like.  (i think)?  

Quoting gacgbaker:

I make some of those! lol!  Most of them I wouldn't care for too much though.


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