Depression Era Food

My Mother-in-law was here for supper the other night and we had quite an interesting discussion on foods that were eaten during the Great Depression.

Both my Dad and my husband’s dad were alive during the later years of the Depression and it left a lasting impression on their eating habits and memories.

Some of these include:

* Eating a bowl full of crushed saltines covered with milk as a snack.

* Enjoying radish sandwiches every spring.

* Melting lard over popcorn instead of butter.

* Eating rice with milk and cinnamon and sugar.

* Enjoying a dish of cooked macaroni noodles, crushed saltines and melted butter.

* Taking a lard sandwich to school for lunch.

It seems that their parents  learned to be content with what they had and just made it work. The kids didn’t seem to even know the difference! They learned to like what they were served and did just fine.

They gave new meaning to the word Thrift, not because they wanted too, but because they had no choice.


“Contentment: Being happy with I have.”

Contentment is not easy to obtain. There are things in all of our  lives that we would love to change, things that we just aren’t happy with.

I ran across a great quote this week:

“Whenever I’m in the kitchen smelling the aroma of beans slowly cooking for our evening meal, my mind goes back to my childhood when this food was vital to our survival. We may not have had many material things, but we never went hungry thanks to beans and corn bread.

This simple meal reminds me that the essentials of life need not be extravagant. We often think that to be happy, we need bigger and better things. And yet, when I was growing up, there was so much love in our family that we just didn’t think about needing anything more.

I’ve never forgotten that period of my life, or that depression-era meal. It remains one of my favorites, and I still enjoy cooking up a ‘potful of the past”‘

~ Oneta M. Whitlock, excerpt from We had Everything but Money: Priceless Memories of the Great Depression

“But Godliness with contentment is great gain.” I Timothy 6:6

Photo courtesy of Carstor.