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How well would u survive on these Great Depression meals? What would u consider eating?

Posted by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:02 AM
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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



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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on May. 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM

I have done a few of those and did not know there was anything special about them.  I loved corn over bread when there was corn leftover or i would combine it with ketchup .  Yuummmy.

SissyAnn141
by on May. 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM

 

 

 

              NO THANKS. I have enough, Issues.............

connorsmom2009
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 2:25 AM

BUMP!

Bookoholic
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 2:26 AM
I grew up with a few, some i've never herd of and most id try as a last resort. I know most people had to squese every penny so i know they were at a last resort.
GirlieGal76
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 3:09 AM

I still love hot rice with milk and cinnamon sugar for breakfast. Yum! I couldn't do the ketchup/mayo/onion/sugar sandwiches though, I would just eat plain bread.

ditsyjo
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2013 at 4:01 AM

blackeyed peas and turnip greens...got my grand parents through

Fields456
by Sexy and I know it on May. 4, 2013 at 4:07 AM

I have had potato soup water based and hotdogs and beans aka beanie weenies.  The rest I have not   And I am sure the potatoes soup I had that was water based was not the same t it was oer the Great Depression and I'm sure beanie weenies weren't the same although I am sure the hotdogs and beena in the Great Depression might have actually been better 

littlemonaghan
by on May. 4, 2013 at 6:10 AM
We were poor growing up but I'm thankful to say that I've never had to eat one of those meals.
AshleyOh7
by on May. 4, 2013 at 6:18 AM
My Dad did and still does eat some of those things (and so did I, since he made then for us)! He missed the depression by a decade, but his parents lived through it, so maybe that's why they still fed him some of those that became comfort foods. I still make my husband "one eyed Sam" (or "toad in the hole"?) sometimes! Lol.
jhslove
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 6:25 AM

We eat some of these things on a regular basis! Some of them, though (sugar sandwiches).......wow.


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