This week’s Cheap Tricks are taking us into the kitchen. We spend tons of money on food and my hope is to help you begin saving some of that money on groceries.
We can survive on less.
By adjusting our expectations at the dinner table, we can save some big money. I like enjoying a good meal as much as anyone, but if we need/want to save money, we need to learn to be satisfied with less.
Last winter I stumbled across these cooking videos by Clara. She’s in her nineties and shows us how they cooked and ate during the Great Depression.
I think you’ll fall in love with Clara. We have. My daughter will sit and watch video after video.
Enjoy Depression Era Cooking with Clara.
Clara is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this! Great topic for cheap tricks!!
More recipes from the depression can found in books by Rita Van Amber: Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s volumes 1-5. They contain interesting recipe stretchers and cheap recipes to enjoy. The stories and memories are entertaining. The resourcefulness of those surviving and thriving the depression is inspiring.
I often fed my children “Stone Soup” (based on the children’s book). We would search through cupboards, pantry, and fridge to find what we could throw in the pot for supper. It usually had some starch (potato, pasta or rice), some type of bean and/or meat, and veggies. The children loved being part of the adventure!
Charming's Mama says
Oh my Gosh, Clara is wonderful. I remember my Grandma adding hot dogs to macaroni and cheese because there wasn’t enough of them to go around.
Clara is terrific! And she reminds me of a couple of my great aunts. I love how she relays the story of her neighbor who accuses Clara of being “touchy” when she (the neighbor) was basically robbing Clara and her family of food.
Rebecca Lately says
Thank you for sharing this! I will definitely be watching her videos. I’ve wondered how people cooked and ate back then, when times were really, really tough.