Would You Eat 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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • Hamburger mixed with oatmeal
  • American cheese sandwich: ‘American’ cheese was invented because it was cheap to make, and didn’t require refrigeration that many people who lived during this era didn’t have.
  • 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? Stock up on ingredients for bread, including buckets of wheat. Bread, in some form, is one of the main ingredients for many of these meals. Second, know how to make different types of bread. Next, have chickens around as a source for meat and eggs, and if possible, have a cow or goat for milk. Know how to make many different foods from scratch.

Another lesson is to have a garden that will provide at least some fresh produce, and plant fruit trees and bushes. You may be interested in this article with tips for Planning an Edible Landscape. Finally, don’t waste anything, even chicken feet!

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