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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Depression Cooking with Clara

I stumbled upon a few videos on YouTube for Depression era cooking. Clara, aged 91 shares a few of her recipes from the Depression. These really are old fashioned, down home cooking using what you have on hand something many families are struggling to do today. It is surprising how a few simple ingredients can make a substantial meal. I will note with her videos is that they are salt heavy so right off the bat I would just greatly reduce the salt. They are also starch rich but will go far with on empty bellies. She also mentions growing a garden to save with food costs.

4 food lovers commented:

Mister Scott said...

fascinating... and unfortunately, timely!

Anonymous said...

My mom's family had something similar during that time but I don;t remember them using potatoes. Filling but boy the carbs. Being a diabetic this meal would not be too good for me. Thanks. Cheryl

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks Mister Scott. I'm not sure how timely as frugal homemakers the world over have relied on similar simple yet inexpensive dishes for years, well before the Depression. If you check the archives for this blog you will find quite a few. They are usually referred to as "budget stretching", "pantry cooking" or "frugal meals" and quite often they are made using a small amount of inexpensive ingredients. One just recently posted was my husbands mushroom, noodle dish and just before that was a quick, inexpensive dish using homemade tomato soup and noodles.

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Cheryl, I really think that for extra lower cost meals when restricting carbs you have to go home grown for at least some portion of the meal. Square foot gardening or container gardening are two ways to be able to grown you own in limited spaces. HTH