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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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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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 That's how I make my meatloaf too.  I add shredded carrot and parmesan cheese though.

Quoting lucsch:

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?

 

 

 

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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I am getting so hungry!  lol  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 That's how I make my meatloaf too.  I add shredded carrot and parmesan cheese though.

Quoting lucsch:

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?



 


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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 Me too!

Quoting kirbymom:

I am getting so hungry!  lol  

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 That's how I make my meatloaf too.  I add shredded carrot and parmesan cheese though.

Quoting lucsch:

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?

 

 

 


 

cjsix
by Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

  

                               
                                 
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?

Milk toast

Chipped beef on toast - my mom us to make this sometimes

Cucumber and mustard sandwiches

Mayonnaise sandwiches -my mom use to talk about eating this as a child

Ketchup sandwiches

Hot milk and rice- not hot milk but,milk and rice wth a touch of sugar

Turtle/tortoise

Gopher

Potato soup - water base, not milk

Dandelion salad

Lard sandwiches

Bacon grease sandwiches

Sugar sandwiches- I had butter and sugar andwiches as a kid once in awhile,a did my mom when she was a child

Hot dogs and baked beans-beanie weanies!

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-yes

Onion sandwich - slices of onion between bread-my mom did as a child

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-Yummy!

Beans-my mom had a baked bean crock and use to make them in the winter...coming home from school ...Yum!

Fried potato peel sandwiches

Banana slices with powdered sugar and milk

Boiled cabbage 

Hamburger mixed with oatmeal-I use oatmeal when making meatloaf

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.-yes

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-my mom did and so did I on occasion

Fried potato and bread cubes

Bean soup-yes

Runny eggs with grits

Butter and grits with sugar and milk-this is the only way I ever at grits

Baked apples-Yummy,fall treat!

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-fresh perch,sunfish etc..panfried...yummy!

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

 

What about fresh slice tomatoes?Macoroni and Cheese?

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM


Quoting cjsix:

  

                               
                                 
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?

Milk toast

Chipped beef on toast - my mom us to make this sometimes

Cucumber and mustard sandwiches

Mayonnaise sandwiches -my mom use to talk about eating this as a child

Ketchup sandwiches

Hot milk and rice- not hot milk but,milk and rice wth a touch of sugar

Turtle/tortoise

Gopher

Potato soup - water base, not milk

Dandelion salad

Lard sandwiches

Bacon grease sandwiches

Sugar sandwiches- I had butter and sugar andwiches as a kid once in awhile,a did my mom when she was a child

Hot dogs and baked beans-beanie weanies!

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-yes

Onion sandwich - slices of onion between bread-my mom did as a child

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-Yummy!

Beans-my mom had a baked bean crock and use to make them in the winter...coming home from school ...Yum!

Fried potato peel sandwiches

Banana slices with powdered sugar and milk

Boiled cabbage 

Hamburger mixed with oatmeal-I use oatmeal when making meatloaf

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.-yes

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-my mom did and so did I on occasion

Fried potato and bread cubes

Bean soup-yes

Runny eggs with grits

Butter and grits with sugar and milk-this is the only way I ever at grits

Baked apples-Yummy,fall treat!

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-fresh perch,sunfish etc..panfried...yummy!

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


What about fresh slice tomatoes?Macoroni and Cheese?

Tomato sandwiches are on the menu. As for mac and cheese, that was not used in abundance as much, in the great depression, as it is now. 

  

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bether89
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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 I have eaten several of these dishes.  I have had tomato sandwich, potato soup,  hamburger mixed with oatmeal, fried bologna, beans, and hot dogs with baked beans.  These are the ones that I like to eat also.  My parents eat a lot of these.

gacgbaker
by on Mar. 18, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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Quoting kirbymom:

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.


I think so too- if it's what we had to do then we would do it.  

kirbymom
by Sonja on Mar. 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I ate fried bologna too!  For me it was a great sandwhich to eat when I was little. lol  

Quoting bether89:

 I have eaten several of these dishes.  I have had tomato sandwich, potato soup,  hamburger mixed with oatmeal, fried bologna, beans, and hot dogs with baked beans.  These are the ones that I like to eat also.  My parents eat a lot of these.



bether89
by Bronze Member on Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

My kids love fried bologna sandwiches.

Quoting kirbymom:

I ate fried bologna too!  For me it was a great sandwhich to eat when I was little. lol  

Quoting bether89:

 I have eaten several of these dishes.  I have had tomato sandwich, potato soup,  hamburger mixed with oatmeal, fried bologna, beans, and hot dogs with baked beans.  These are the ones that I like to eat also.  My parents eat a lot of these.



jeweldragons
by on Mar. 19, 2013 at 6:42 AM

You know  a good lesson would be making some of these Depression era foods and eating them for an entire week if you are studying the Great Depression.  Heck you could also throw in the Dust Bowl of the 30s as well.

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