I was incredibly motivated today when I came across a woman on youtube doing depression era recipes. She is 94 years old and sharing the recipes of her childhood. Check her out here. She has even written a cookbook and I cannot wait to get my hand on it.
A simple search of depression era recipes will pull up tons of modern publications emphasizing a rebirth of depression era frugality. Too often we forget that every purchase we make is hard earned money. I hate nothing more then unpacking my groceries to find the same thing in my fridge, or even worse expired foods I never even opened.
There are so many valuable lessons we can learn from the depression. Home ever after, a homemaking ezine even made a week long depression era menu, and had this to say about the recipes of the depression.
Great Depression cooking focused on cheap food, substitutions, and making do with what you had. We can learn a lot from the great homemakers of the past by finding original Great Depression recipes, recorded and passed down the generations, and even adapting them to make some of our own.
By learning the Great Depression recipes that have survived for more than 70 years, we can learn to think creatively and improvise to improve our frugality. The homemakers and parents during the Great Depression had the same uncertainty and financial worries as we do today, but they were able to pull together, share knowledge, and find ways to make it work.
I am challenging myself during the week of the 21st, to cook only depression era dinners and take a look at how that compares financially to our normal food budget.
I plan to buy some depression era cookbooks, and later this year once I am done with my course, I will expand this challenge to include all meals for one week. Baked from scratch, all depression era recipes. I think it will be a very educating experience.
In a world where our economy is facing more struggles daily we have nothing to lose, and any knowledge we can gain about frugal living can only serve to help our financial situations.
So will you take this challenge with me? One week 7 dinners.