The Great Depression isn’t known for food but there are some depression era recipes that while created out of desperation are still delicious!
The 1930s was a tough time in the United States. It was a time of economic downturn and also of severe drought for part of the country.
I live in Oklahoma and it’s an area that was hit very hard by not only the Great Depression but also the Dust Bowl. My great-grandma was living in Oklahoma during this time and had a lot of stories to share about how difficult it was.
She talked about how you would clean up all the dust before going to bed and it would all be back by the morning. She was a very tidy person so I can only imagine how hard it was for her trying to care for a home and family during that time.
The economic struggles and food shortages had to have been demoralizing but they also brought out creativity in many, including homemakers.
I have no desire to bring back the squirrel dishes my great-grandma talked about eating but there are recipes that I would like to add to my rotation. We already eat a lot of onion burgers in my house which is an Oklahoma classic that was born in the Great Depression.
Today I’ve got nine delicious recipes to share from the Great Depression. They are a great way to be more in touch with that time in our history and also a way to save a little money on your grocery bill.
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