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What’s for Lunch?

If you want something to eat that is inexpensive, look up these Depression-era meals. You may just find what you are searching for!

A plate of creamed chipped beef on toast

Great Depression Grub – 5 Makeshift Meals People Made when Food was Scarce

Nov 10, 2018

Barbara Stepko

When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking—and at no time in U.S. history was that more evident than during the Great Depression.

Faced with hard times, people became not only thrifty but resourceful—employing good old American ingenuity to use the limited food they had on hand to feed themselves and their families.

It took smarts. It took resourcefulness. It took a really, really strong stomach.

To help home cooks, the Bureau of Home Economics published recipes in newspapers and magazines. One questionable offering: peanut-butter-stuffed baked onions. (Admit it: You read that twice.)

Ready for some other stomach-churning staples…

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4 thoughts on “What’s for Lunch?”

  1. I read somewhere that corned beef hash also was a depression-era invention, although I have no documentation. It’s one of my favorite “to he** with my brain-food diet” meals, especially with a couple of fried eggs on top. And S.O.S. isn’t really that bad if you use a decent sauce and don’t overdo the salt. 🙂
    I won’t spoil the fun by suggesting that we all may need to remember how to prepare and store foods like this in the not too distant future, if certain trends don’t get stopped or die out. No, I would never do that. That would be curmudgeonly.

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    1. Sir, that would mean you were prudent, not a curmudgeon. And prudence is something we all might need, ere the year is out. A link to recipes that might prove beneficial is hardly out of place, and a comment to the effect of “these are worth keeping in mind in these interesting times” is quite welcome. 🙂

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