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This Is What People Ate When They Had No Money During The Depression
TBI ^ | 11-18-2011 | Vivian Giang

Posted on 11/18/2011 7:47:54 PM PST by blam

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1 posted on 11/18/2011 7:47:58 PM PST by blam
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2 posted on 11/18/2011 7:49:40 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: blam

Krispy kremes? Yum!


3 posted on 11/18/2011 7:51:07 PM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: blam

I wish I had recorded all of my dad’s stories about growing up in the depression/WW2 era. The whole family picked cotton during some points.


4 posted on 11/18/2011 7:53:08 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: blam
Fish is very good for you. So long as it's not breaded and then frozen for about 18 months later to be bought for $4.99 at the local supermarket.

No! Get your fish fresh. Sure, it might cost about $7 a pound but worth it. Set oven for 350 degrees, pour some olive oil on the bottom of a baking dish and then toss in the fish. Top with a few spices and drizzle more olive oil on top. Then bake for exactly 21 minutes. Remove from oven and begin to eat.

Remember when the Hudson river used to be clean? That is a huge amount of water right there. Ever travel over the Tappan Zee or the George Washington bridge? You are driving at least a mile and a half just to get across the river. A lot of water and a lot of fish.

Fish and olive oil. Very good for you.

5 posted on 11/18/2011 7:53:40 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: musicman

Creamed chipped beef......or as we called it.....sh*t on a shingle.


6 posted on 11/18/2011 7:54:00 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: blam

The sad looking fish on the sign is funny.


7 posted on 11/18/2011 7:54:10 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: blam

During the worst of it, my father’s family ate cucumbers, mustard sandwiches, and hot milk and rice gruel. My mother’s family was better off because they ate cracked eggs that they couldn’t sell.


8 posted on 11/18/2011 7:54:28 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: musicman

Lordy that picture is cute.


9 posted on 11/18/2011 7:56:09 PM PST by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: musicman

Here in the Florida panhandle, several animals were just about made extinct. Deer, Wild Turkey, Gopher Tortoise (Hoover Chicken), even alligators.

All of them except the Gopher have made spectacular comebacks and even the Gopher is not really in danger.


10 posted on 11/18/2011 7:57:00 PM PST by yarddog
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To: SamAdams76
Fish and olive oil. Very good for you.

Add Tabasco.

Then, it's not only good for you, it's edible.

11 posted on 11/18/2011 7:57:24 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Mears

12 posted on 11/18/2011 7:58:01 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: blam
My mother's family had it really tough during the Depression ~ 10 kids.

Well, they figured out how to do stuff with nothing, and she continued the tradition so I got to learn about these dishes.

Several years back a lady at the office who worked with charitable groups in some of the bad spots in DC needed some recipes.

She asked me for some help ~ I think the Lord led her to me because I whipped up a couple of dozen.

One was for folks with one pot. One large potato. Water. Salt and maybe pepper. They could use cheap hamburger. You cut it all up. Cooked the potato. Crumbled in the hamburger.

The charitable group (a multi-denominational rescue operation for the poorest of the poor) got donors, they got the stuff, they had well over 100 children do just that dish.

I was humbled by the response and in awe of my grandmother who turned that into Sunday dinner every week.

13 posted on 11/18/2011 7:58:12 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: blam

I’m already planning for the coming season...

This year, I grew New Zealand spinach. Took a while for it to get started, but once it got going, it was pretty prolific. I harvested lots of spinach and lots of seeds...

I recently ordered and got golden purslane seeds. Also, a type of what’s called “purple spinach”. Will try to get them started as soon as it warms up a bit.

All three of these plants are fundamentally what would be called “weeds” by most folks, but edible weeds, and highly nutritious.

Of course I have tons of cabbage seeds, broccoli seeds, onions and dried peas from this year...


14 posted on 11/18/2011 7:58:20 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: edpc

I was thinking of that too. haha. I know that came from that era!!


15 posted on 11/18/2011 7:59:29 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: blam

I know from my grandparents that they ate lard on bread rather than butter because lard was very cheap.


16 posted on 11/18/2011 7:59:49 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Kirkwood

mustard sandwiches,

My Mother also ate these with her 10 person family. When we were younger, she wanted our family to sorta experience what they did so that we appreciated what we ate. BIG PROBLEM THOUGH......We loved them. lol.


17 posted on 11/18/2011 7:59:49 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Kirkwood

Bacon grease sandwiches. My grandmother got sent out to work and live with another farm couple because her folks couldn’t feed all the kids. The woman she worked for would inspect her potato peelings to make sure none of them would snap or she would get in trouble for wasting potatos.


18 posted on 11/18/2011 8:00:21 PM PST by One Name
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To: GOP Poet

My grandmother made sugar sandwiches for the unemployed men who came to the door in Omaha.


19 posted on 11/18/2011 8:01:09 PM PST by p. henry
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To: blam

We all had hot dogs and baked beans every Saturday night.


20 posted on 11/18/2011 8:01:22 PM PST by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: blam

Some of my family remember eating road kill because they didn’t want to waste the meat. Nearly every culture has food that to others seems disgusting. I imagine that most of that type of food, when traced back, comes from a period of near famine.


21 posted on 11/18/2011 8:01:49 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: blam

During the Obama Depression, you just take you EBT card to the store and load up on junk food,


22 posted on 11/18/2011 8:03:19 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: blam

Another reason to pimp my tagline!


23 posted on 11/18/2011 8:03:53 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: blam
My father, bless his heart, showed me this wonderful depression meal called 'one eyed sams' http://www.bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49018
24 posted on 11/18/2011 8:03:56 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: djf

Do you know what can grow and be eaten without a lot of sunshine? I have big trees on my property and the spots that get sunlight get it only for 5 to 6 hours. I really like them but growing food has been a problem.


25 posted on 11/18/2011 8:04:31 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: blam
Great grandma told us about Depression meatloaf which was actually oatmeal mixed with lard. Those people today who wail and moan (via Twitter, the internet, etc) on how poor they are. They have no concept whatsoever on what poverty really is.

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but I digress

26 posted on 11/18/2011 8:04:41 PM PST by SkyDancer ('If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate ")
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To: blam
Good to read. Thanks for posting, blam.

I'm on a primal/paleo/whatever diet and eat a ton of eggs and apples. I eat a lot of other stuff, too, but eggs and apples work great for me, are healthy, and are dirt cheap. I'm over 40, and carry absolutely zero extra weight.

My wife is Korean and often will make a simple soup like seaweed, kimchi, or radish and will have it with brown rice. Very healthy and super inexpensive.

27 posted on 11/18/2011 8:05:30 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: muawiyah

Excellent! I grew up the youngest of a very large family. It sounds exactly like a dish my mom made us at least a couple times a month. Honesty? I liked it :-). Salt and pepper come in handy and the grease was great on those potatoes. Simple stuff when one doesn’t have much and they are HUN-GRYY! :-). Bless you for giving these families recipes to build strong children and parents.


28 posted on 11/18/2011 8:05:34 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: edpc

We still have what is called chipped beef on toast around the kids. The Army version wasn’t near as good.


29 posted on 11/18/2011 8:05:45 PM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: blam

Clara sure uses a lot of cooking oil. Was it not rationed during the depression? I know sugar and some other things was.


30 posted on 11/18/2011 8:05:50 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Not the Depression. World War II.


31 posted on 11/18/2011 8:06:28 PM PST by Publius
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To: blam

stir-frying potatoes and hot dogs we still do to this day because its cheap;


32 posted on 11/18/2011 8:06:34 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Dandelions were originally brought to the new world as a food crop.
Ridiculously easy to grow, a perennial that will come back year after year and the bigger it gets, the higher the yield...


33 posted on 11/18/2011 8:06:51 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: blam
To this day, I occasionally enjoy a bowl of bread and milk, a depression-era staple which I picked up from my Dad. Just white bread broken up, sprinkled with sugar (maybe a little vanilla), and doused in milk.

Mrs. LaybackLenny looks at me like I'm from another planet. LOL!

34 posted on 11/18/2011 8:07:05 PM PST by LaybackLenny (All hail Her Royal Highness Sarah, Queen of The Hobbits)
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To: blam

Stone Soup

I was trimming up some vegetables for dinner one night as my grandson watched. I pointed out to him that everything I was putting in the mulch container was edible.


35 posted on 11/18/2011 8:07:17 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: GeronL

My dad used to put big slices of onion between a couple pieces of bread. He’d eat the whole thing.


36 posted on 11/18/2011 8:07:34 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: muawiyah
My favorite (Depression Era) meal that my mother cooked for us for breakfast was, tomato gravy and buttermilk biscuits.
37 posted on 11/18/2011 8:08:00 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
My father had some Depression and then wartime childhood deprivation stories. He didn't bother to tell them, however, because my mother's childhood included 5 years in occupied Holland. Eating tulip bulbs, burning her wooden toys for heat, and the “disappearance” of dogs and cats kind of trumped Dad's sugar-shortage tales.
38 posted on 11/18/2011 8:08:56 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Perry! Our First Special Needs President!)
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To: GeronL
My favorite with hot dogs is champagne:)
39 posted on 11/18/2011 8:08:56 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: p. henry
My grandmother made sugar sandwiches for the unemployed men who came to the door in Omaha.

That brings back an old memory. I remember my grandmother
telling me pretty much the same thing. She used to put some
cinnimon or other spice on it and butter.

40 posted on 11/18/2011 8:09:15 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: musicman

My dads family could afford anything as fancy as a freezer when he was a kid in the depression. They would often send him to buy a block of ice which would be half as big by the time he got it home. This was put into the “ice box” to keep food cool.


41 posted on 11/18/2011 8:09:38 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

My grandfather survived the depression and WWII as a farmer. His credo was “chickens, chickens, chickens”. As long as you have chickens you will eat and survive. Chickens were easy to cultivate, just toss them some hard corn and they will be there for Sunday dinner, was a standard saying for him.


42 posted on 11/18/2011 8:09:57 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote)
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To: Beowulf9
yummy!!!! That’d get me up in the morning. My husband cooks his eggs like that—clever.
43 posted on 11/18/2011 8:10:22 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: blam

My Mother came from a family of 12 children. They lived on a large (over a thousand acres) farm. They hardly suffered at all from the depression. Also the children were considered a blessing for more reason than one. They were all farm hands or helped their Mother.

My Father’s family had to worse. Granddaddy was a school principal and was sometimes paid in script which most stores would discount. They still were better off than most.

I had a cousin once removed who died from appendicitis because the local hospitals would not take her in as her family had no money. Her Father was injured in a lumbering accident and was crippled. Their kin was pretty much able to keep them in food as they all had farms but money was hard to come by. Finally Baptist Hospital in Pensacola agreed to take her but she died on the way.


44 posted on 11/18/2011 8:10:57 PM PST by yarddog
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To: SkyDancer

Obviously these kids have been subjected to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program ....their palates have also been adjusted and they’ve lost a ton of weight!


45 posted on 11/18/2011 8:11:30 PM PST by MissMagnolia (Obama 2012: Debt Man Walking.)
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To: Beowulf9
Now that looks pretty good.
46 posted on 11/18/2011 8:12:00 PM PST by Ken H (They are running out of other people's money. )
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To: blam

There are a lot of “weed” plants that are edible and actually brighten up a salad.

Then there are foods one can find in the woods: Pine nuts off pinyon pines in the west, wild mushrooms (you MUST know what you’re doing if you seek these out), as well as all manner of pests that can be poached. No one will miss squirrels, for example. Squirrels are nothing but rats with a good PR department.

Rabbits are often in abundance for people who know where to look.

Down south now, they have this wee beastie called a “nutria.” Matter of fact, there are places down south where I don’t think a man could starve unless he’s lazy or stump stupid. Louisiana is one of those places. Fish and game abound in that state, and with only modest effort (compared to other regions of the country), you could be eating your fill every day without a job.

Of course, city slickers like the OWS crowd, are simply too wussified to know how to live off the land.


47 posted on 11/18/2011 8:12:55 PM PST by NVDave
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To: Bellflower

“I know from my grandparents that they ate lard on bread rather than butter because lard was very cheap.”

Chicken fat on bread and deep fried chicken skin. My father called it grivinas(sp). Like pork rinds for Jews.


48 posted on 11/18/2011 8:13:27 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: SIDENET

Paleo/primal diet is great. Basically eating healthy food :-).


49 posted on 11/18/2011 8:14:27 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Bellflower

Cabbage and Kale are good. Onions, either starts bought as early in the season as possible, or seed starts. Dandelions. Beets can be started, depending on the soil, you may or may not get actual beet tubers, but if you start them early you can get tons of beet greens, which are excellent in salads.
Potatoes of course. Various spinach types.

I shoot for things that can start early in the cool weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but won’t take off crazy and bolt as soon as it warms up.

I musta harvested 10,000 lettuce seeds this year! Literally!!


50 posted on 11/18/2011 8:14:36 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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